Kohli, Unadkat help RCB keep pace

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 here 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.

Unadkat accounted for Kedar Jadhav two balls later. Morne Morkel (19 off 10) and Irfan Pathan (23 off 11) managed to reduce the margin of defeat for Delhi with some lusty hitting towards the end, but it proved to be too little, too late for the hosts.(PTI)

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