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15 May 2017, 01:00 | Marlene Fleming
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Delhi Daredevils and bottom dwellers Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to finish the Indian Premier League (IPL) edition with a win when they meet at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Sunday.
In Pat Cummins, Mohammad Shami and Zaheer Khan, they have a pace attack that ticks all the boxes and can be lethal in any conditions against any batting line-up as they have the flawless mix of pace, precision, and variety. Zaheer Khan's men also defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by seven runs in their last league game at the Kotla on Friday.
Kohli, for who the Feroz Shah Kotla is his home ground in domestic cricket, played his first authoritative stroke in the eighth over when he whipped one on his pads to the midwicket boundary.
When the two departed, the RCB innings stuttered somewhat, before Pawan Negi (13no) lifted things with three consecutive fours in the final over. For the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the failure of the destructive force with Kohli, Gayle and De Villiers unable to live up to the expectations, Bangalore will be relying on some firepower by Travis Head and promising youngster Mandeep Singh.
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Prior to the start of the season, no one could have imagined that RCB would be the first team to be eliminated from the contest. Nadeem and Zaheer were the other wicket-takers.
For RCB, the debutant Avesh Khan clocked good speeds and generated steep bounce, hit the bat high on the maker's name, and provided the first-over strike. Travis Head (2/30) and Shane Watson (1/16) too chipped in with wickets. The fast bowler has barely played five First Class matches, but impressed in the Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka previous year, where India finished as runners-up. Off the second, he cramped Sanju Samson for room, who spliced a short ball into the hands of Kohli at mid on, attempting the pull.
The early wicket left Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer with the job of rebuilding, which they did effectively and kept Delhi in the hunt.
After opting to bat first, RCB lost Vishnu Vinod (3) cheaply, but Chris Gayle (48 off 38) and Kohli finally fired with the bat, sharing in a 66-run stand for the second wicket - the pair striking three fours and three sixes each. The hosts were eventually bowled out - for the third time this season - off the last ball of the match; they had made 151 - 11 runs short of what they needed for a win.
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