He has smashed four half-centuries in the last five IPL games played at the venue. Pant plundered 61 runs off 34 balls to help Delhi overcome some early hiccups. The 17-year-old Abhishek gave the finishing touches to the innings, smashing his way to 46 runs off just 19 balls to give the hosts a very good chance to clinch the fourth win of a rather forgettable campaign. Sandeep impressed one and all with his crafty leg spinners and ended with figures of 4-25-1.
But in the very next over, Yuzvendra Chahal punished Roy (12 off 9) with a flawless googly, claiming the middle stump for the second time in two overs as Delhi stood shocked at 16 runs for two gone.
Shreyas Iyer: Looking at the conditions, we are anticipating dew in the second innings.
He continued to attack the bowlers and was partnered well with AB de Villiers, who played a fine foil to the Delhi dasher. Iyer amassed a patient 32 off 35 balls before he too departed in an attempt to pump up the run rate. In their last meet, Trent Boult took the Vivo Perfect Catch of the Season (Till now) by taking a one-handed stunner to dismiss Virat Kohli, the skipper of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Delhi Daredevils on Saturday at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. On the other hand, Delhi's hopes of qualifying were on Thursday dashed by table-toppers SunRisers Hyderabad, who chased down a challenging 188 losing the solitary wicket of opener Alex Hales at the Ferozshah Kotla. For that to happen, they need to win their remaining three matches convincingly and hope other results will be favorable to them. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, whose maiden IPL century went in vain against the Hyderabad side, has been the lone shining light for the Daredevils this season. He had demolished DD bowlers in the reverse fixture, and remained unbeaten to take RCB home.
Delhi Daredevils had made three changes in their lineup with 17-year-old all-rounder Abhishek Sharma, Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, also 17-year-old, and South African pacer Junior Dala making their debuts in the Indian Premier League. We just want to enjoy the tournament. Delhi knew that the danger was far from over as de Villiers was still at the crease.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Live streaming: DD vs RCB match will be streamed live on Hotstar.