Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore cruised to a comfortable 10-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils as the ‘Men in Red’ kept their winning momentum going. Man of the Match Varun Aaron claimed 2/24 and Mitchell Starc picked up 3/20 as RCB dismissed Delhi Daredevils for a paltry 95 after opting to field at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Chasing 96, openers Chris Gayle (62 not out off 40 balls) and Virat Kohli (35 not out off 23) made short work of the modest target, getting the team home in 10.3 overs. With that emphatic win, the Bangalore side got its IPL campaign back on track and now has three wins in six games.
For Daredevils, it was their fourth defeat in seven matches. Gayle scored most of the runs in the small chase as Kohli was happy to chip in with ones and twos. The West Indian got the small chase going by smashing medium pacer Dominic Joseph for 14 runs of his first over.
He looked in his usual devastating touch after missing out in the last game.
Gayle later smacked leggie Imran Tahir over mid-wicket to get to his fifty. It was one of the four sixes he hit in his blistering knock. Kohli, who only got to score his first boundary in the seventh over, hit the winning runs, his sublime straight drive that brought the crowd on its feet.
Earlier, Aaron and Starc led a splendid bowling effort to bowl out the opposition cheaply. The visitors struck in the first over through their premier pace bowler Mitchell Starc, who fired his trademark in-swinger against the DD batsmen.
Just when it looked Daredevils’ innings was getting some momentum, RCB broke their momentum by taking three quick wickets to make it 39 for four in 6.3 overs. All their experienced batsmen – Duminy(13), Yuvraj Singh (2) and Angelo Mathews (0) were gone in a space of seven balls.