Kohli in the runs as RCB sign off with a win

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

He was the only Bangalore batsman to pass one-fifty for the season and his dominance over the Daredevils continued, compiling his fourth half-century in the last six matches against the franchise.

In a heartwarming gesture, after the last league game between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, RCB skipper Virat Kohli gave away his award for best performance to the fans. Set a target of 132 against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, RCB were simply annihilated with not one batsman getting to double-digits. The Indian captain bowed out of the tournament with a fine knock, which was him score three boundaries and as many sixes.

Brief scores: Bangalore: 161/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 58, Chris Gayle 48; Pat Cummins 2/22, Shahbaz Nadeem 1/12).

Pat Cummins produced the Play of the Match when he ran out Kedar Jadhav with a spectacular throw from short third man.

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Kohli disclosed that RCB would only field 3 overseas players due to injuries and unavailability ruling out most of the squad's foreigners.

Chris Gayle's previous two innings in the IPL yielded two ducks and his prior four contributed just 15 runs, but you can't keep an entertainer down.

RCB's three leg-spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal (14 wickets), Pawan Negi (13) and Samuel Badree (9 wickets) - have been the only ones who stood up and Delhi will be wary of that threat.

Delhi's chase got off to a disastrous start when Sanju Samson was dismissed by Avesh Khan's second ball.

3 Number of overseas players for both teams in the match - first time this has happened in the IPL. "The three playing are Gayle, Watson and Head". As a result, he missed the first few games for RCB but his return did not make much of a difference as he scored a total of just 308 runs. Travis Head (2/30) and Shane Watson (1/16) too chipped in with wickets.