Sports Cricket 23 May 2016 IPL 9 RCB vs DD: RCB ...

IPL 9 RCB vs DD: RCB storm into playoffs

PTI
Published May 23, 2016, 1:36 am IST
Updated May 23, 2016, 8:08 am IST
Quinton de Kock hit a fighting half-century to help Daredevils post a modest 138 for eight.
Virat Kohli celebrates after  taking a spectacular catch to dismiss Karun Nair on Sunday. (Photo: BCCI)
 Virat Kohli celebrates after taking a spectacular catch to dismiss Karun Nair on Sunday. (Photo: BCCI)

Raipur: Continuing his impressive form, Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 54  to power Royal Challengers Bangalore into the IPL-9 playoffs with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils here on Sunday.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a fighting half-century to help Daredevils post a modest 138 for eight. In reply, RCB cruised home with 11 balls to spare.

 

The RCB bowlers straitjacketed the Daredevils batsmen  with a very disciplined effort with leg-break bowler Yuzvendra  Chahal (3/32) taking three wickets and Chris Gayle (2/11)  dismissing two batsmen in a single over.

Surprisingly, despite it being a knockout game and a  Play-off berth at stake, the Daredevils batsmen did not show  much urgency to score quickly. De Kock scored 60 off 52 balls with five fours and a six  while Chris Morris came up with a useful unbeaten cameo of 27  runs, late in the innings.

Daredevils made a sedate start and lost young Rishabh  Pant (1) early when he was caught behind off Sreenath Aravind  on a delivery that took off after being pitched.

Another young gun Karun Nair (11) made an early exit but  De Kock kept the innings together and paced his own knock well  under the conditions. At half-way stage, they were 75 for three with Sanju  Samson becoming victim of Chahal.

The ball turned sharply,  Samson tried to guide it to the third man but could not  connect. Wicket-keeper KL Rahul jumped in the air, claiming  the edge, and the umpire raised his finger.

Sam Billings too departed when his cut off Chris Jordan  was taken brilliantly in the air by a diving Chris Gayle. It could have been worse for Daredevils had Aravind not  dropped Pawan Negi, who had not even opened his account, in  the last ball of the same over.

De Kock completed his half-century with a single in the  14th over, bowled by Aravind, who again dropped Negi but it  was a tough chance in his follow through. Skipper Virat Kohli marshalled his troops well, using  seven bowlers by the 15th over. His slow and medium pacers did  an exceedingly good job. Gayle sent back Negi (6) and Carlos  Brathwaite (1) in space of four balls.

It was now left to De Kock and Morris to lift the  Dardevils innings but the South African southpaw was dismissed  by Chahal at the start of the 17th over. RCB finished second in the table and will clash with table toppers Gujarat Lions in the first Qualifier on Tuesday in Bangalore. Third-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad face Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on Wednesday in New Delhi.

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