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IPL 2016, DD vs RCB, as it happened: Yet another Kohli fifty takes RCB into playoffs

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Manas Mitul May 22, 2016 23:11:00 IST
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IPL 2016, DD vs RCB, as it happened: Yet another Kohli fifty takes RCB into playoffs

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May 22, 2016 - 23:25 (IST)

"Havent really thought about my future, have really enjoyed being around youngsters and passing them all i've learnt over 18 or so years."

Zahher Khan, what a guy.

May 22, 2016 - 23:23 (IST)

"It has been a wonderful campaign, we've played wonderful cricket and youngsters have learnt a lot" Zaheer 

May 22, 2016 - 23:20 (IST)

It's all over. RCB win by 6 wickets, RCB reach playoffs at second place. This has been a yet another brilliant batting display from Virat Kohli. 

May 22, 2016 - 23:19 (IST)

It's almost over. Just the 1 run needed off the last 2 overs. 

May 22, 2016 - 23:12 (IST)

Yet another 50 by Virat Kohli, it came off 40 balls (6 fours). Is there a bowler alive to stop him? This has almost become boring now.

May 22, 2016 - 23:06 (IST)

After 15 overs,Bangalore 111/4 ( Virat Kohli (C) 47 , )

OUT! Watson departs on 14, he doesn't get third time lucky. He slog sweeps it ot midwicket but Sam Billings was there to take the catch. Negi gets the wicket. 28 needed off 30 balls, with Kohli playing on 47, nearing yet another half-century

May 22, 2016 - 23:02 (IST)

After 14 overs,Bangalore 104/3 ( Virat Kohli (C) 43 , Shane Watson 11)

Watson gets two lives in the space of 2 balls. Amit Mishra has been robbed off a wicket here. First the Aussie was plumb LBW, the ball, a googly, turned and hit his pads right in front of middle stump and then took off the swinging bat to give off the illusion that he'd hit it with his bat first. Bad call from the umpire. Next was hit towards long on and Yadav gets his hand son the ball at the edge of the rope but doesn't manage to hold on and the ball is parried away for six. 

May 22, 2016 - 22:58 (IST)

After 13 overs,Bangalore 96/3 ( Virat Kohli (C) 42 , Shane Watson 4)

Brathwaite drifts down leg and Kohli accepts the invitation with both hands. He sends a wristy flick off his pads to square leg for four. DD still not close to denting RCB's chase. They need to get Kohli out to have a shot at this.

May 22, 2016 - 22:46 (IST)

OUT! Rahul plays on to his stums and is gone on 38. It was a brilliant innings and Brathwaite brought an end to it. Rahul defended an outside off delivery and the ball bounced off the pitch and hit the stumps. Brathwaite celebrates as if he scroed a goal. 

May 22, 2016 - 22:44 (IST)

After 10 overs,Bangalore 83/2 ( Virat Kohli (C) 33 , Lokesh Rahul (W) 38)

Yadav goes wide and Kohli waits for it, opens the face of his bat and sends the ball racing towards third man. Halfway through, RCB are cruising, they need just 56 off 60 balls. 

Preview As the Indian Premier League (IPL) gears up for its business end, a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will lock horns with a rejuvenated Delhi Daredevils for a virtual knock-out clash in Raipur on Sunday.

On a roll after notching three consecutive wins, RCB are at the third spot with 14 points from 13 matches while Delhi have as many points but are placed sixth in the table, lagging behind the Virat Kohli-led side only in net run-rate.

IPL 2016 DD vs RCB as it happened Yet another Kohli fifty takes RCB into playoffs

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli AB De Villiers. BCCI

Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians too have 14 points each with just one match to go in their league stage.

Going into Sunday's encounter, it will be a battle between RCB's strong batting line-up, consisting of the dangerous trio of Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers and Delhi's bowling led by the seasoned Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra.

Bangalore will once again bank on their skipper, who has turned into an epitome of consistency with the willow. The Delhi right-hander has not only smashed four tons to score 865 runs from 13 matches this edition but also surpassed Suresh Raina to be the highest run-getter in the lucrative tournament.

Kohli, who defied a split webbing to notch his fourth century of the IPL, has lately found support from his opening partner Gayle.

The West Indian power-hitter found his touch at the right juncture while South African de Villiers has been equally successful in destroying the opposition bowlers' economy rates.

Considered the team's weak link, the bowling department has slowly started to improve with the spin-pace duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shane Watson taking 16 wickets each so far. England's Chris Jordan showed glimpses of his impressive best in the last outing.

Despite a poor start, RCB have pulled off four wins in the last five matches to be on the verge of a play-off spot and one more win should give them a passage from the league stage.

On the other hand, coming back from a last ball thrilling win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi will depend heavily on their skipper Zaheer and senior leg-spinner Mishra to counter RCB's batting prowess.

The team's success will also depend on all-rounders Chris Morris and Carlos Brathwaite to not only restrict RCB's fireworks but also wield the willow at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium.

After leading the team to a six-wicket win on Friday, Delhi's hopes on the batting front will be on Karun Nair, alongwith the likes of in-form South African stumper Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson.

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