Match Over - Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore, who chose to bat
  • Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
  • Referee: RB Richardson
  • When: 21 Apr 2018, 16:30 SAST
  • Winner: Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Man of the Match: AB de Villiers


  • Umpire1: CK Nandan
  • Umpire2: CB Gaffaney
  • Third Umpire: A Nand Kishore



Overs: 18.0 / 20.0

Royal Challengers Bangalore



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Delhi Daredevils

Right time to pack up. There's a double-header tomorrow as well, starting with Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings and then peaking with Mumbai Indians v Rasjathan Royals. Hope you'll join us for the shenanigans then. For now, g'night.

AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match. "Some of those nights when I see the ball well, last two innings, I didn't. But tonight it was nice and clear. It buys my time an extra split second to make a decision. When I do get going, I cash in on the momentum. I spoke about being a black mamba earlier. And today I wanted to be that. This is the greatest crowd. But I must say when you get into the zone, you don't really hear much. It's just a buzz."

"These 30 runs are bigger than the 90 odd in the last game. We won. We still have a few areas to correct, but when you have the brilliant AB in the team, he always makes you smile," Virat Kohli says. "We understand our games very well and then he starts going off. And we know if we can get a 60-70 run partnership, we could win the game. Pity I couldn't stay till the end but Corey and Andy did well. [The catch} I was stunned when he took it, that's a brilliant catch, it happens in the IPL specially,. Good to see. That's a catch when you look back, you don't feel bad about getting out. The way we started with the ball was very good, we were spot on until 15 overs. Lot of positives, we can still rectify a few areas. They always support us well here, and we know if the team believes then the crowd also believes. We'll keep pushing hard for them"

Well. That happened. And that's a sentiment the Delhi Daredevils must be very familiar with. RCB's beloved AB de Villiers leads em all off the park. He was at work for 39 balls. He came away with 90 runs - his top score in an IPL chase - facing only five dots faced! That's just genius. And it puts Rishabh Pant's 85, which was a special innings too, on the wrong side of the scorecard. RCB continue to stay true to form. Their bowling leaks runs. Their batting makes up for it.

"He took the game away from us. We were in the game, 175 was a great effort from the batters. The pitch was a bit tacky in the first six overs, Shreyas and Rishabh were unbelievable to tackle it and get us a good score," Gautam Gambhir says. "I thought our spinners could have bowled better to AB. Specially when the left-arm spinner came in there was lot of grip. AB took his chances and dominated from the get go. The best catch I've ever seen. It was his wrong hand as well, Boult's a left-hander, he took it right-handed. I would be lying if I say I wasn't concerned. No one wants ot be in this situation. Hopefully we can turn it around when we get back home. It's tough being on the road nad losing, but that's no excuse. All the teams are pretty clumped together. We just have to push in with them,"

"This is how T20 games go. I played a good knock, but AB was too good," Rishabh Pant says. "Wicket was not so easy, so we thought we'd just concentrate on having a good partnership. Because of the dew, the pitch got better in the second innings. But that's part of the game. Every time you watch someone like Virat and AB bat, you see how easy they make it. I just try to learn from them. It was a new innovation, my scoops behind the wicket."

17.6TA Boult to AB de Villiers, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, and just to prove that he and the coaching manual are still good buds, he essays a picture perfect cover drive to finish the game off..
17.5TA Boult to AB de Villiers, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, he goes around the wicket for the bouncer, all with the aim of cramping AB up. But the genius that he is, AB sways away, makes his own room and lifts it over short third man's head.

James B: "No sense of theatre whatsoever from Mandeep scoring runs. Has no chill as the youth would say."

17.4TA Boult to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, fullish on leg stump, turns it through midwicket.
17.3TA Boult to AB de Villiers, 1 run, short and outside off, AB chops it to point.
17.2TA Boult to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, drops and runs to cover.
17.1TA Boult to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, taps a full toss down the ground and pinches a second run as well. RCB need 10 runs to win now. AB needs 19 for a century.
End of over 17. 13 runs this over. 162/4 after 101 balls.
Mandeep Singh 12 (5b 1x4 1x6 ) CH Morris 4-0-42-0
AB de Villiers 81 (36b 8x4 5x6 ) more

Ashwin: "Blindfold ABD, force him to bat left handed and give him a hockey stick instead of a cricket bat and he'll still whack you with a strike rate of 200."

RCB need 18 to win, AB needs 20 for the century.

End of over 16. 9 runs this over. 149/4 after 96 balls.
Mandeep Singh 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 3-0-20-1
AB de Villiers 80 (35b 8x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 15. 13 runs this over. 139/3 after 89 balls.
AB de Villiers 79 (34b 8x4 5x6 ) CH Morris 3-0-28-0
CJ Anderson 7 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 11 runs this over. 126/3 after 84 balls.
CJ Anderson 6 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) R Tewatia 3-0-26-0
AB de Villiers 68 (30b 7x4 4x6 ) more

Nikhil: "Pretty sure Gambhir knows if AB stays,this won't go till the 19th over even, wonder what is he holding Boult back for ?? Someone tell him, overs don't get carried over to the next match"

End of over 13. 18 runs this over. 115/3 after 78 balls.
AB de Villiers 60 (27b 7x4 3x6 ) HV Patel 3-0-33-1
CJ Anderson 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 5 runs this over. 97/3 after 72 balls.
AB de Villiers 43 (22b 6x4 1x6 ) R Tewatia 2-0-15-0
CJ Anderson 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 10 runs this over. 92/3 after 66 balls.
V Kohli 30 (26b 2x4 1x6 ) HV Patel 2-0-15-1
AB de Villiers 40 (19b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 10. 10 runs this over. 82/2 after 60 balls.
V Kohli 27 (23b 2x4 1x6 ) R Tewatia 1-0-10-0
AB de Villiers 33 (16b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 9. 6 runs this over. 72/2 after 54 balls.
AB de Villiers 25 (12b 5x4 0x6 ) HV Patel 1-0-5-0
V Kohli 25 (21b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Soham Basak: "Yet again, the pressure is on the dynamic duo, with not much to come. All the talk of a balanced side seems misplaced now. Must be frustrating being an RCB fan."

kaju: "For all Kohli's achievements, he is not quite in the same class as a batsman as ABD. The difference showed against Nadeem."

freehit: "I think it's high time that RCB include Southee in place of Woakes and use him as a pinch hitter similar to Narine.. Also better bowler than Woakes as well.. "

And there it is. The time out.

Kohli and AB need 19 more runs to become the second-best partnership in terms of runs in the IPL. They have 2338 now. Dhawan and Warner are at 2357. Kohli and Gayle are at the top with 2787

End of over 8. 9 runs this over. 66/2 after 48 balls.
V Kohli 22 (18b 2x4 1x6 ) CH Morris 2-0-15-0
AB de Villiers 23 (9b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Mahesh Shewale: "The reputation of AbD as bunny of left arm slow ballers is causing this attack on Nadim's bowling ???" --- ABD had scored only 22 runs off 23 balls (including a solitary four) from Nadeem in the IPL before this. Looks like he will set the record straight today

End of over 7. 14 runs this over. 57/2 after 42 balls.
AB de Villiers 21 (7b 5x4 0x6 ) S Nadeem 2-0-27-0
V Kohli 15 (14b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 43/2 after 36 balls.
V Kohli 14 (12b 1x4 1x6 ) CH Morris 1-0-6-0
AB de Villiers 8 (3b 2x4 0x6 ) more

ABD has been noticeably faster off the blocks this season, going at a first-ten-ball strike rate of nearly 170. Over the past three seasons, that figure was 126.7.

End of over 5. 13 runs this over. 37/2 after 30 balls.
AB de Villiers 8 (3b 2x4 0x6 ) S Nadeem 1-0-13-0
V Kohli 8 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Nicholas Klein: "For the sake of RCBs middle order, why not bring AB in at number 5 and let some of the other players come down the order to relieve the pressure of them after the inevitable early fall of wickets? AB is adaptable enough to come in later and smack the ball around. "

End of over 4. 9 runs this over. 24/1 after 24 balls.
Q de Kock 17 (15b 1x4 1x6 ) GJ Maxwell 2-0-13-1
V Kohli 4 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 6 runs this over. 15/1 after 18 balls.
Q de Kock 9 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 2-0-11-0
V Kohli 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Nimesh Vaya: "Why doesn't Virat Kohli just open for RCB? He anyways has to come in to bat in the 2nd or 3rd over" --- The simple answer is that RCB don't have depth in the middle order. The only way to strengthen the middle order is to push Virat and AB closer to it.

End of over 2. 4 runs this over. 9/0 after 11 balls.
M Vohra 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 1-0-4-0
Q de Kock 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Arijit: "So again poor decision by rcb by sending manan vohra for opening. Looks like rcb is not learning from their experiences " --- He's faced one ball...

End of over 1. 5 runs this over. 5/0 after 6 balls.
M Vohra 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 1-0-5-0
Q de Kock 5 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more
Q de KockRun out V Shankar,RR Pant 181611112.5
M VohraC JJ Roy B GJ Maxwell250040
V KohliC TA Boult B HV Patel302621115.38
AB de Villiersnot out 9039105230.77
CJ AndersonB TA Boult151301115.38
Mandeep Singhnot out 17911188.89
Washington Sundar -
CR Woakes -
UT Yadav -
Mohammed Siraj -
YS Chahal -
Total 176/4
TA Boult4.003318.25
GJ Maxwell2.001316.5
S Nadeem2.0027013.5
CH Morris4.0043010.75
HV Patel3.0033111
R Tewatia3.002608.67