Explosive batsman AB de Villiers enthralled the crowd with a whirlwind unbeaten 39-ball 90 to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a convincing six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in their IPL fixture at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. It rained fours and sixes as de Villiers produced vintage innings and singled-handedly chased down the 175-run target with two overs to spare to bring RCB's campaign back on track.
The former South African skipper smashed 10 fours and five sixes in his unconquered innings. He shared 63 runs with captain Virat Kohli (30), before adding another 56 runs with Corey Anderson (15) to take the game away from Delhi Daredevils, who suffered their fourth loss in five matches.
Earlier, young batsmen Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer cracked twin half-centuries as Delhi Daredevils recovered from a slow start to post a respectable 174-5 after being asked to take the first strike by RCB. Pant (85) anchored the DD innings as he shared a 75-run stand in 8.1 overs with Iyer (52 off 31 balls) and then forged a 65-run partnership with Rahul Tewatia (13 not out). His 48-ball innings was laced with six boundaries and seven sixes.
For RCB, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/22) claimed two wickets, while Umesh Yadav (1/27), Washington Sundar (1/31) and Corey Anderson (1/10) took one wicket each.
Chasing 175 to win, Manan Vohra and Quinton de Kock opened the innings but both the openers were back to the pavillion with RCB at 29 for 2 in 4.3 overs. Manan, who had come in for Sarfaraz Khan, was dismissed in the second over when he top-edged a Glenn Maxwell delivery and Jason Roy held on to the catch at the deep backward square leg. Quinton, on the other hand, blasted a four and six before being run out in the fifth over.