New Delhi: Virat Kohli smashed a 58-ball 99 before Jaydev Unadkat picked up a five-wicket haul to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a narrow four-run win over Delhi Daredevils on Friday, and enhance their chances of qualifying for the play-offs of the Pepsi Indian Premier League.


Kohli, who got two reprieves during his sensational knock, along with with A B de Villiers put on 94 runs off just 40 balls for the fourth wicket to power RCB to 183 for four at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Left-arm pacer Unadkat then picked up five wickets for 25 runs to help RCB restrict Delhi to 179 for six.
Chasing an imposing target, Delhi lost their openers -– Mahela Jayawardene and Virender Sehwag -- inside the 50-run mark. Both Jaywardene and Sehwag fell to Unadkat.
While Jayawardene (19 off 13) played on to his stumps in the fourth over, Sehwag (18 off 10) was foxed by a slower delivery as he spooned one straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at mid-on.
To add to Delhi's woes, stand-in skipper David Warner too failed to make an impact. He was bowled by a quicker delivery from Moises Henriques.
RCB skipper Kohli's decision to introduce Jamaluddin Syed Mohhamd backfired as the left-arm spinner went for four boundaries -– one by Unmukt Chand and three by Ben Rohrer – to concede 20 runs off the ninth over.
Chand and Rohrer played sensibly to take Delhi past the 100-run mark inside the 12th over.
Just when the duo of Chand and Rohrer (32 off 27) were looking dangerous, the later departed inside edging a R Vinay Kumar delivery on to his stumps. The fourth wicket partnership of Chand and Rohrer yielded 58 runs off 44 balls.
The asking rate took a toll on Chand too as he also departed soon, caught by Vinay Kumar off Unadkat. He scored 41 off 35 balls with the help of four fours and a six.

Earlier, Kohli and De Villiers, who played a 17-ball 32-run cameo, used the long handle to great effect, sending the Daredevils bowlers on a leather-hunt to score a whopping 77 runs off the last four overs.
Sent into bat, RCB did not have the best of starts as they lost their openers, which included the dangerous Chris Gayle, inside the fifth over.
The RCB captain was once again at the receiving end of God's favour as Sehwag dropped him inside the circle off Kaul.
Kohli and Moises Henriques thereafter added 57 runs off 50 balls for the third wicket to stabilize RCB's innings.
Henriques scored 26 off 22 balls with the help of three boundaries before Shahbaz Nadeem had the batsman, caught off his own bowling.
Kohli and de Villiers than upped the ante and stitched a 50-run partnership in just 27 balls.

Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag, Unmukt Chand, David Warner (c), Ben Rohrer, Kedar Jadhav, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques, Saurabh Tiwary, J Syed Mohammad, R Vinay Kumar, Ravi Rampaul, Murali Kartik, Jaydev Unadkat.


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