Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Selfie-seeking fan breaches security to meet Virat Kohli at IPL

Selfie-seeking fan breaches security to meet Virat Kohli at IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore rode on a Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers special to as they kept their Vivo IPL 2018 play-off hopes alive with a five-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

It was then up to the young pair of Rishabh Pant 61, 34b) and Shreyas Iyer (32) to take Delhi to a good total.

For the second match in a row, DD saw the opposition surmount a huge total easily while chasing. But Kohli and de Villiers then put on118 runs for the third wicket with Delhi bowlers not having any answers for their brilliance.

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Virat Kohli played a scintillating knock adding 70 runs to the scoreboard after just 40 balls steering the RCB inning to a win after successfully chasing the 182 run target. For that to happen, they need to win their remaining three matches convincingly and hope other results will be favorable to them.

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However, it was the Kohli-De Villiers show after that.

Pant warmed up with a couple of boundaries against Southee and Umesh, but it was perhaps the back-to-back sixes off Mohammed Siraj's bowling that would've boosted his confidence at the centre, inspiring him to bring up his seventh IPL half-century and the fourth of this season. The equation for Virat Kohli's team is simple: they can not afford another slip-up - like the one which resulted in the loss to Hyderabad at the start of the week. But de Villiers' reassuring presence was all that RCB needed, and he provided them that, keeping a calm head and seeing them home. It was a sixth successive win for RCB against DD at Kotla.

Prithvi Shaw has been handing DD some explosive starts ever since he was included in the playing XI. His control and temperament saw him claim 2-28 from his allotment, clearly the best bowler on the night. They however hadn't accounted for the explosive Pant, who carried on from where he left against SRH as he followed up his unbeaten century with an equally entertaining fifty.

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The unsafe duo of Pant and skipper Shreyas Iyer (32 off 35) then got together to resurrect the innings. He has scored 539 runs in 17 IPL innings at an average of 41.46 with help of five fifties. It eventually ended with both Kohli and Pant smiling.

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