Star-studded RCB's captain Virat Kohli has "embraced" what has been a disastrous season, saying his team would learn from the mistakes and move on. Kohli brought up his fifty, his fourth of the season, off 39 balls and it was another entertaining and important knock from the Indian captain.
With the wicket at the Ferozeshah Kotla playing tricky, the Delhi bowlers had done well to keep the likes of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle in check. It was surprising that RCB opted for the 20-year-old in only their last game of what has been a forgettable season.
They made at least one change in last seven matches in 2015, all 14 matches in 2016 and first 13 matches in this edition.3 Number of overseas players for both teams in the match - first time this has happened in the IPL.4 Number of fifties Virat Kohli has scored in 6 IPL matches at Delhi.
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Pant, however, was running out of partners as wickets tumbled at regular intervals post the 15th over. It was the change in bowlers that got the breakthroughs with the wickets of Vishnu and Gayle.
In Pat Cummins, Mohammad Shami and Zaheer Khan, they have a pace attack that ticks all the boxes and can be lethal in any conditions against any batting line-up as they have the flawless mix of pace, precision, and variety.
Kohli flicked Zaheer over the ropes but was out from the following ball and Negi hit three consecutive boundaries in the last over of the innings, runs which proved to be crucial. In his next two overs, he conceded just the one boundary.
Avesh Khan removed Sanju Samson in the first over of Delhi's reply, but Karun Nair (26) and Shreyas Iyer (32) made contributions for the home side to put them on course to chase down their target. It all started with Harshal Patel dealing Delhi a double blow in the 12th over, accounting for Iyer and Marlon Samuels off successive deliveries.
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In the end, Delhi fell short by only 10 runs, as they were bowled for 151 on the last ball.
With 49 needed in four overs, Pant sent Harshal Patel soaring over the square leg boundary for a huge six, but the bowler fought back strongly when he bowled the left-hander to swing the game in his side's favour.
Prior to the start of the season, no one could have imagined that RCB would be the first team to be eliminated from the contest.
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Clermont desperately needed a foothold in the game and they have too much class in their ranks not to find a response. Farrell kicked Saracens further ahead with a penalty but Clermont struck back instantly.
Kohli, the local lad, would thus find huge support at Kotla for as long as he's present in the field. The RCB captain led from the front, top-scoring with a 45-ball 56 studded with three fours and as many sixes. Iyer and Pant then began the recovery with a 46-run partnership.