T20 2018: AB de Villiers gives Bangalore 6-wicket win over Delhi

T20 2018: AB de Villiers gives Bangalore 6-wicket win over Delhi

When Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Delhi Daredevils today at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, it will be the first time the two teams will encounter each other this season. RCB should not worry here.

In their campaign opener against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Bengaluru failed in defending a competitive 177 runs but salvaged a win in their second game by chasing a moderate 156 runs against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at home. AB's national teammate Quinton de Kock has not yet showed what he is truly capable of in this season and tonight could be his night.

Delhi are languishing in last place with just one win in 5 matches.

Both the teams have played 19 matches and in that matches RCB has won 11 matches, Delhi has won 6 matches draw one match but in the Super Over RCB has won that match and one match not played. It was imperative for their bowlers, who have come under severe criticism for their performance at the death, to start brightly. Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi skipper, never really looked the part and top-edged a pull off Yadav to Chahal at square leg. Jason Roy's trial by legspin has been well documented, and Kohli brought on Yuzvendra Chahal, who got early purchase off the surface that had begun to turn square, to exploit his vulnerability.

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The South African smashed a brilliant unbeaten 90 as Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a comfortable six-wicket win over Gautam Gambhirs side.

RCB eventually coasted to 176/4 in 18 overs to clinch their second victory of IPL 2018. Pant scored a blistering 85 runs of 48 balls. Iyer scored his 50 off 29 balls - first this season and seventh overall - and hit four fours and three sixes in the process. But both Pant and Iyer played like champions and helped Delhi to reach a competitive total of 174/5.

Gautam Gambhir, while generally reckoned to be a good player of spin, hasn't been almost as effective as Pant against legspin in T20s since 2015: 180 off 157 balls, nine dismissals.

Pacer Trent Boult has also same number of wickets but has been slightly expensice after 8.62 rpo. With both teams not performing well with the ball, expect a high-scoring contest in a ground featuring some of the shortest boundaries.

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