February 21, 2018

Virat Kohli in focus in inconsequential match

15 May 2017, 12:57 | Marlene Fleming

Delhi, Bangalore aim to finish with a win

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Delhi Daredevils will look to end their campaign on a winning note when they face a beleaguered Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last game on Sunday.

However, his opening partner Vishnu Vinod was dismissed early and cheaply (3 off 9) when Pat Cummins rattled his stumps in his very first over.

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. 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.

Gayle started off briskly, collecting two deliveries off Zaheer Khan in the first over, before depositing one from Mohammed Shami into the stands at thirdman.

Virat showed no signs of slowing down and Amit Mishra was his next victim as he pummeled the leg spinner for a six and a four in the 12th over. With all the senior bowlers finishing off their spells, Zaheer Khan turned to Corey Anderson to bowl the 20th over of the innings. Shahbaz Nadeem, who was consistently bowling as a chinaman to Gayle, bowled one that spun the other way and he mistimed it to give Zaheer a rather easy catch at midwicket.

The RCB captain reached his fifty in 39 balls with the help of 3 fours and 2 sixes.

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Son went on to explain that " It's very important we keep looking forward, step by step game by game and get three points ". Many great players have graced The Lane over the years and Ardiles is perhaps one of the most revered of all.

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.

Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant and Karun Nair will be the players to watch out for Delhi, with all three batsmen when in attacking mode can chase down any given target on their given day. Travis Head (2/30) and Shane Watson (1/16) too chipped in with wickets.

Shami dispatched the last two balls for boundaries to bring the equation down to 35 off 18 balls. The left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, introduced to bowl in the eighteenth over, finished with impressive figures of 3/10 from two overs, while Harshal Patel copped some punishment but picked up three crucial wickets.

In the end, Delhi fell short by only 10 runs, as they were bowled for 151 on the last ball.

"We've got a great chance to look at all the things we've done wrong and refresh as a franchise", a disappointed Kohli said after defeating Delhi Daredevils by 10 runs in their last match at the Feroze Shah Kotla here tonight.

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