The equation for Virat Kohli's orange team is simple as they can not afford another slip-up - like the one which resulted in the defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad at the start of the week.
IPL 11 Match 45 DD vs RCB at the Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi: Hello and welcome to the commentary from the match between DD and RCB at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. The bowling department will be headed by pacemen Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee, while leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and offie Washington Sundar could prove handy in the middle overs. With nothing to lose, Delhi is expected to test their bench. Kohli would be playing at his home ground and fans would be expecting to see some big hits from the Delhi lad. Lamichhane, thus, became the first player from Nepal to play in the IPL. Pant set it up for Delhi, but the youngster and Vijay Shankar, who was unbeaten on 21 helped the hosts finish on a high. After Abhishek's heroics, it was Lamichhane's turn. Trent Boult's (2-40) bowling was initially economical, but Harshal Patel's (1-51) was less so and an unlikely victory loomed large for RCB. He holds the key as RCB look to score the remaining required runs. Patel was looking for a sweep, misses the ball.
Kohli and AB de Villiers eventually began to combine to give RCB a headstart in the target chase and cruised past the 50-run mark by the end of the powerplay (58/2 in 6 overs). So far this season, the duo hadn't clicked to forge a significant stand, but on the night, with two early wickets fallen, the pair came together to add 118 for the third wicket, en route respective half-centuries.
With dew factor coming into play in Delhi along with the fact that RCB have not lost to local team in last five meetings, rival skipper Kohli asked Daredevils to bat first on an otherwise easy Kotla track. Kohli's fifty - his 34th - that came off just 26 balls was his joint-fastest in the IPL. While Kohli strokes his way to a 40-ball 70, studded with seven fours and three sixes, de Villiers saw the chase through with his unbeaten 72 off 37 balls, smashing four boundaries and six sixes along the way. They have faced issues in all three departments of the game.
Both teams have struggled to get going this season.
Daredevils will stay back in Delhi to face Chennai on May 18 while RCB will go to Indore to face Kings XI Punjab on May 14.