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IPL: Virat Kohli hits fifty as Royal Challengers Bangalore earn consolation win

IPL: Virat Kohli hits fifty as Royal Challengers Bangalore earn consolation win

In the previous match, Pune defeated Kings XI Punjab to seal the spot in playoffs and they will now face Kolkata Knight Riders in playoffs.

With just three wins in total 14 matches, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) finished at the bottom of the table in the ongoing tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Whoever it is, they will need to get RCB off to a good start and set the platform for Kedar Jadhav, who has been one of the few bright sparks for RCB in IPL 2017. However, RCB is also desperate to end their campaign by winning the last game as they wish to have a graceful exit from IPL 10. Karun Nair (26, 22b, 5x4) tried to break the shackles, with three fours in the fifth over but departed failing to connect a cross batted shot, pegging the hosts back at 42/2 after the Powerplay. Apart from Zaheer, Amit Mishra, Pat Cummins, Mohammad Shami will shoulder the bowling responsibility.

"It is hard (retaining players) because, from my understanding Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals (ending two-year bans) are coming back and the two new teams that came on board (Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions) might go on".

Kohli, for whom the Feroz Shah Kotla is his home ground in domestic cricket, played his first authoritative stroke in the eighth over when he whipped one on his pads to the midwicket boundary. Big-hitting opener Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers were major disappointments as was Shane Watson, who conceded it was his worst IPL season ever. Both teams were well out of contention for the play off spots.

Patel and Negi took three wickets apiece, while Head snapped up two, and Avesh and Watson claimed one wicket each.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 161-6 (Virat Kohli 58, Chris Gayle 48, Pat Cummins 2-21) beat Delhi Daredevils: 151 (Rishabh Pant 45, Shreyas Iyer 32, Harshal Patel 4-43, Pawan Negi 3-10, Travis Head 2-30) by 10 runs.

Gayle scored only 200 runs in nine matches, which included just a single half-century for Royal Challengers Bangalore.


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