Kohli: An honour for me to bat with AB

  • Kohli: An honour for me to bat with AB

Kohli: An honour for me to bat with AB

Local boy Kohli received a lot of support and love from the Delhi crowd as he, along with AB de Villiers led RCB to a 5-wicket win against DD to keep their campaign alive in the IPL.

Kohli, the team's leading run-scorer with 396 runs at 49.50, was understandably upset after RCB were unable to chase down a modest 147. Chahal got rid of Jason Roy, the other Delhi opener, in his next over with a sharply incoming delivery that totally bamboozled the England batsman before going on to disturb the stumps.

At the other end, de Villiers was sedate to begin with, but got into his stride when he welcomed Amit Mishra into the attack with a huge six over long on. The RCB skipper then turned back and gave Pant a stare. Rishabh Pant's 61 off 34 balls and a 46-run cameo from IPL debutant Abhishek Sharma helped Delhi Daredevils post a competitive score.

The 17-year-old belied his age with such clean and powerful hitting in an innings that comprised four sixes and three boundaries. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the most successful among the RCB bowlers with figures of 2/28. Pant set it up for Delhi, but the youngster and Vijay Shankar, who was unbeaten on 21 helped the hosts finish on a high. He opened the innings against Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali, and had Patel trapped in front for six. After Abhishek's heroics, it was Lamichhane's turn. Reeling at 18 for 2 in chase of 182, the visitors did not have an ideal start but Kohli and de Villiers combined to produce a match-winning stand of 118 runs in just 64 balls. Nepali teenager Sandeep Lamichhane picked his first wicket of the tournament when he removed Patel. Ask the opposition team to get the runs and tell them we are coming after it.

The security management has come under questions as a young man just ran through the field and reached Virat Kohli, touching his feet without facing many difficulties.

This was the first-century partnership between Kohli and de Villiers in two seasons.

Kohli (7 fours and 2 sixes) smashed his 34th IPL fifty while the South African swashbuckler struck his 26th half-century of the cash-rich league. The Kohli juggernaut looked like he is on a full-blooded mission to get his franchise over the line in a do-or-die contest only for his Delhi-mate Rishabh Pant to catch him off guard.

Kohli (70) smoked the bowlers all around and de Villiers (72 not out), struggling for form, matched him in both shot-making and scoring to stay till the end and not let the chase collapse.