The 56th game in the Indian Premier League saw two teams competing to secure their place in the playoffs as Royal Challengers Bangalore played Delhi Daredevils at Rajpur.Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Virat Kohli led his side Royal Challengers to notch up their fourth consecutive win and secure their place in playoffs of the Indian Premier League. The captain must be given a lot of credit who admirably led the way as he scored heap of runs in the last few games and executing smart tactics on the field to utilize his bowler much effectively. The conditions for Rajpur have been the toughest proposition for batsmen this season including Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The bowlers stuck to the plans for Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to restrict Delhi Daredevils for 138 runs. Quinton De Kock was the only bright spot for Delhi in the innings as he struck 60 runs off 52 balls to take his side to score a modest total for his side to have a chance of winning the game. The rest of batting order failed to live up to the expectations as leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal performed splendidly well to take three wickets of key players like Quinton de Kock, Karun Nair and Sanju Samson. Chris Gayle as picked up two wickets with his offies while Chris Jordan also took wicket of his England teammate Sam Billings to see Delhi reeling at 96 for 5 after 14 overs. Chris Morris struck a nice unbeaten cameo as he scored 27 runs off 18 balls to help Delhi Daredevils post 138 runs from 20 overs.
In reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost both Gayle and AB de Villiers in quick succession to leave Delhi Daredevils a chance of winning the game but once again Virat Kohli stood up to the challenge to notch yet another half century to take his side to win the game by 6 wickets.KL Rahul also chipped in with a vital performance as he scored 38 runs to take the game away from Delhi Daredevils.