Kohli, bowlers power Royal Challengers Bangalore to playoffs

A number of Australia's one-day squad members are likely to feature in the IPL finals - including Hyderabad captain David Warner, Royal Challengers Bangalore's Travis Head and Gujarat Lions' Aaron Finch and James Faulkner - with all to remain (barring injury) with their respective clubs until their campaigns are completed, before linking up with the ODI squad in Guyana ahead of their clash with the West Indies on June 5.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have claimed the final spot in the Indian Premier League playoffs with a six-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils.

Kohli, scored yet another match-winning half-century, his sixth this season and helped RCB qualify for the playoffs. There was no stopping Kohli thereafter as he hit four fours and two sixes in the three overs that followed. In a crucial do-or-die contest, the RCB bowlers brought their "A" game to the park and strangled the Delhi Daredevils to a modest 138-8.

May 22, 2016 5.3 YS Chahal to KK Nair, out, superb catch from Kohli.

Delhi Daredevils, who defeated table topper SRH in previous encounter, face a must-win situation when they take on RCB. Yuzvendra Chahal did not spin the ball drastically, but he was able to make the ball kick up considerably.

DD openers Quinton de Kock and Rishabh Pant walked out to bat but were dealt an early blow as Sreenath Aravind in his very second over dismissed Rishabh Pant for 1. Two overs later, Gayle took a stunning catch at point to get rid of Sam Billings off Chris Jordan.

Kohli and his team-mate AB de Villiers also shared a record 229-run second-wicket stand last week, it is the highest partnership in the history of T20 cricket.

With skipper Kohli's form, who notched up his fastest T20 hundred - 113 off 50, the Challengers have finally stamped their authority in the ongoing season. Delhi Daredevils ended with 43 for two in the powerplay.

Chris Gayle bowled in today's match. He was held back until No. 8 - another questionable move - and struck and unbeaten 27 off 13 balls. Quinton de Kock was top-scorer for his side with 52-ball 60.

Zaheer Khan, Daredevils' astute captain, will use his knowledge of Kohli's approach to the game and minute nitty-gritties, with the aim to keep him in check as Daredevils themselves are bidding for a spot in the top four. Chris Gayle also chipped in with a brace, accounting for Pawan Negi (6) and compatriot Carlos Brathwaite (1).

Virat Kohli - the name itself fills one with a sense of awe and admiration.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 139 for 4 in 18.1 overs.(Virat Kohli 54 not out, KL Rahul 38; C Brathwaite 1/18).

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