Kohli shares his thoughts on batting with De Villiers

Kohli shares his thoughts on batting with De Villiers

Kohli shares his thoughts on batting with De Villiers

Bangalore are part of the survival race too; the Virat Kohli-led side are now placed seventh in the eight-team table, and come into this match at the back of a resounding win over the Delhi on Saturday night.

AB de Villiers has feasted and left teammate Virat Kohli looking like The Scream with a particularly ambitious six in the Royal Challengers Bangalore's IPL win over the Delhi Daredevils. Their stars are starting to click with the bat and the bowlers are executing their plans as well. They now have 10 points from 12 games and must win their remaining two to have a realistic chance of making the play-offs.

Rahul gave the hosts a brisk start in the company of Gayle before Yadav struck twin blows in the fifth over, dismissing both the openers.

The 26-year-old from Karnataka has been consistency personified in this year's IPL and that is one of the reasons why he is in third place in terms of most runs this season and in second place in terms of the fifties, behind Kane Williamson. Wickets kept on tumbling for Kings XI as Marcus Stoinis and Mayank Agarwal too perished when their team needed them the most.

Umesh teased Gayle with a brace of outswingers in the corridor, including one that grazed the outside edge, but Parthiv Patel dropped it to reprieve the batsman on 0 in the first over. He would want to maintain his side's superior record over Delhi Daredevils in head-to-head encounters. While it won't be easy, they can keep their momentum alive by beating Kings XI Punjab at Indore on Monday.

But Mujeeb's absence due to injury cost Punjab heavily in the middle overs as Karthik and Andre Russell (31) propelled the innings with a 76-run fourth-wicket stand off just 31 balls.

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Just a few hours after the game, Virat Kohli had taken to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to share how much he enjoyed batting with De Villiers and wrote, "Have always loved batting with this guy". The southpaw got going by depositing Mohammed Siraj for successive sixes in the eighth over, one came off a pull over midwicket and the other was a flatter hit over long-off. Parthiv Patel is on fire!

The batting conditions were ideal and Kohli and de Villiers played shots of the highest calibre to enthral a full house. The Virat Kohli side have defeated the R Ashwin led team before and will plan to make it two on two when they clash at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on May 14.

Kohli's charges and Ashwin's troops can both still qualify for the playoffs. On a pitch that will be conducive to big hitting, RCB has an upper hand irrespective of the outcome of the toss.

Such has been the gulf in performance between skipper Kohli and other batsmen in the team that despite blowing "hot and cold" throughout the season, he is team's top run-getter by a distance with 466 runs from 11 games. They were trying to get 30 extra due to that.

The eleventh season of the Indian Premier League, which started on April 8 is now entering into its final week with the competition between the teams getting tighter.

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