IPL 2018: Kohli, de Villiers star in much-needed win for Bangalore

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 12, 2018, 11:45 PM IST

The two helped Bangalore defeat Delhi by 5 wickets. Photograph:(AFP)

AB de Villiers and skipper Virat Kohli together helped Bangalore register their fourth victory in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Kohli played a spectacular knock to help the team recover from the early losses. 

He made 70 runs in just 40 balls which included seven fours and three sixes.

Supported by AB de Villiers at the other end, the two established 100-run partnership.

While Kohli lost his wicket, de Villiers continued his attack and single-handedly took the team to victory side. 

De Villiers, who remained unbeaten, made 72 runs in just 37 balls. he slammed four boundaries and six huge sixes. 

Bangalore had a poor start after they lost openers, Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali, cheaply, while chasing a target of 182 runs set by Delhi on Saturday.  

For Delhi, Rishabh Pant continued his destructive form with a 34-ball 61 runs. 

Abhishek Sharma, who hammered an unbeaten 46 off 19 balls, was one of three IPL debutants for Delhi today along-side Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African pacer Junior Dala.

Virat Kohli had won the toss and invited the hosts to bat, playing first, Delhi put up a decent target of 182 runs.

Openers Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy did not perform and failed to give the necessary start to the team after they lost their wickets to spinner Yuzvendra Chahal after scoring 2 and 12 runs respectively.

Skipper Shreyas Iyer too smashed 32 runs in 35 balls. 

Pant raced to his fourth fifty of the season off 27 balls and was poised for another big inning. 

The other set batsman, Iyer, too departed soon after Pant's fall, hurting the innings momentum to leave Delhi at 120 four in 15.1 overs.