When RCB stepped into this match, they needed 4 wins off 4 games to still have a chance of making it to the Playoffs. They have put their best foot forward ably led by their batting mainstays Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Batting first, Dehi Daredevils was denied a good start by Yuzvendra Chahal who dismissed both Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy in quick succession. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant then steadied the Delhi innings. Pant started from where he had left in the last match. With a strike rate of a shade under 180, Pant (61) infused some life into the bland-looking DD batting.
Still, it looked as if DD would only manage around 160 but it was late flourish from U-19 star Abhishek Sharma that did the trick for DD. He scored 46 runs off 19 balls to take DD to 181.
RCB’s new plan of sending Moeen Ali at the top did not work for them as he was dismissed early. It was left to the trustworthy pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Viiliers to seal the match. They came up with a 118-run partnership to make matters comfortable for Bangalore.
Although Kohli could not finish the game, he took them to the doorsteps of victory with a 70 run knock. ABD sealed the game with an unbeaten 72.
Twitter just could not handle their brilliance as it was flooded with applause.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) May 12, 2018
Kohli and de Villiers are two of the most glorious, dangerous, impressive and inconsistent batsmen in the IPL. #DDvRCB
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) May 12, 2018
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 12, 2018
When AB and Kohli plays together switch on your camera to capture eye pleasing cricket shots…
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 12, 2018
Virat Kohli crediting the guy who gave him the throw downs for the game.
Not hard to like the guy, the batsman, isn’t it?
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 12, 2018
Most consecutive 50s in IPL:
5 ~ Sehwag
4 ~ Kohli
4 ~ Buttler*
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 11, 2018
First century partnership between Kohli and ABD in two seasons.
They shared five century stands in 2016 season. #DDvRCB
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) May 12, 2018
Crazy field intrustion lmfao. Whole stadium going bonkers. Security personals had a tough time taking him out. Lett gaya tha aadmi Kohli ke charno mein. 🤣❤
— samreen (@_whatsinaname) May 12, 2018
Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers batting together against a bowler reminds of Ajit dialogue “Raabert, is haraami ko Liquid Oxygen mein daal do. Liquid ise jeene nahin dega; Oxygen ise marne nahin dega!” #IPL #RCB
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) May 12, 2018
WHAT WAS THAT!
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 12, 2018
— Palak Jain (@pk_jain307) May 12, 2018
— MAG SHAUN (@magshaan7) May 12, 2018
Once Again ABD – Kohli Show !!! #DDvRCB
— Akram Pasha (@akramrockz055) May 12, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 12, 2018