Earlier, another fifty from Rishabh Pant (61 off 34), his fourth of the season, and a cameo from Abhishek Sharma (46 not out off 19), the debutant, had guided Delhi to a formidable total of 181 for 4. Meanwhile, Kohli looked relaxed ahead of the must-win game as he went out for dinner with teammates in his home city. Aussie Glenn Maxwell has failed to contribute with bat and ball.
The Delhi wicketkeeper, who experts led by former India skipper Sourav Ganguly say must be consistent to come into India reckoning, went past Kings XI Punjab opener KL Rahul as the highest scorer of IPL 2018 when he got to 19. "We were looking to finish it with a few more overs to spare to help the net run rate, but the two points are very important", concluded the 29-year-old Delhi cricketer. Earlier, Pant continued his destructive form before Sharma impressed immensely on his IPL debut. The opening duo of Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel struggled to pick him and the decent over piled on the pressure soon.
Off-spinner Moeen Ali finally brought the rampage to an end when Pant attempted another big hit, only to be caught by de Villiers near the boundary rope wide of long-on.
Pant's dismissal also ended his partnership of 93 off 62 with captain Shreyas Iyer. The right-hander had attempted to smash pacer Mohammed Siraj over the onside, but his mistimed shot could only manage to find RCB skipper Virat Kohli. With that Delhi were at 120 runs for the loss of four.
Delhi Daredevils rode some power-packed batting by Rishabh Pant and talented teenager Abhishek Sharma to post a challenging total of 181/4 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). De Villiers also reached his fifty off 28 balls in the same over as he hit a four and a six in consecutive balls. Another six from Sharma and a four by Vijay Shankar followed in the over after that, delivered by Mohammed Siraj. Amongst Kohli's seven fours and three sixes, his front foot lofted drive over long-off stood out. On the field for today's IPL match, he will be wanting nothing less than 100 percent from his under-performing unit.
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Considering how easily Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down 188 in the previous game, Virat Kohli opted to put the opposition in.
The RCB captain marred Daredevils' third debutant Junior Dala's hopes of a good IPL start as he greeted the South African with two fours and a six in the fourth over.
Thanks to Kohli (70 off 40) and de Villiers (72 not out off 37), RCB raced to the 182-run target in 19 overs despite being reduced to two for 18 in the third over. Tim Southee was the unfortunate bowler who eventually leaked 22 runs in the 17th over with Sharma smashing him for two sixes in a row.
RCB then strolled towards the 100-run mark in the 11th over as de Villiers - in an ingenious manoeuvre - flicked Harshal Patel's full length outside off stump delivery for a four.