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IPL 2018: Match 45 (DD vs RCB) – Hits and Flops
By B Dixit - May 13, 2018 12:55 am
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During the 45th match of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Delhi, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by 5 wickets to register their fourth win of the season.

After Virat Kohli won the toss and put the home team in to bat, Delhi Daredevils scored 181-4 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Daredevils’ innings was powered by Rishabh Pant in the middle overs and Abhishek Sharma in to slog overs.

In the second innings, Kohli won seen leading from the front after Royal Challengers Bangalore had lost their openers cheaply. As expected, Kohli took the onus of chasing the set target onto him and formed a match-winning 118-run partnership for the third wicket with de Villiers.

Now, we will look at the hits and flops players in this match.

Hits

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant (DD) – Considering the form in which he is in, do not be surprised to read his name in this space every time Delhi plays a match. Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the third over, Rishabh Pant steered his team out of trouble. He scored his seventh IPL half-century, 61 (34), with the help of five fours and four sixes.

Yuzvendra Chahal takes Prithvi Shaw’s wicket (Photo: IANS)

Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) – Opening the bowling for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Delhi’s openers cheaply. With bowling figures of 4-0-28-2, he was Bangalore’s pick of the bowlers.

AB de Villiers (RCB) – Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the third over, AB de Villiers played second second fiddle to his captain Virat Kohli. Once Kohli got out, de Villiers took the mantle onto him to seal the chase. He scored his 26th IPL half-century, 72* (37), with the help of four fours and six sixes.

Flops

Roy started on a positive note for the Daredevils.

Jason Roy (DD) – Opening the batting for Delhi Daredevils, Jason Roy fell into the trap of getting out to a leg-spinner. In which has been a weakness for him, he failed to read Chahal’s googly in the third over. He scored 12 (9) with the help of one four and one six.

Patel was struck in front.

Parthiv Patel (RCB) – Opening the batting with Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel was expected to provide his team with a solid start. Once Ali (1) got out, the onus was all the more on him. However, he too went back to the pavilion in the following over after scoring 6 (8).

Harshal Patel (DD) – Harshal Patel was introduced as the second change bowler in the fifth over of the innings. He failed to contain the batsmen throughout the innings, registering expensive bowling figures of 4-0-51-1.