Spinners, Kohli steer Royal Challengers into playoffs

Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Raipur
Quinton de Kock started fluently again to get Delhi Daredevils off to a brisk start© BCCI
© BCCIQuinton de Kock started fluently again to get Delhi Daredevils off to a brisk start
After Rishabh Pant's early dismissal, Karun Nair and Sanju Samson chipped in but could not convert their starts into big scores© BCCI
© BCCIAfter Rishabh Pant's early dismissal, Karun Nair and Sanju Samson chipped in but could not convert their starts into big scores
Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed both of them, en route to standout figures of 3 for 32© BCCI
© BCCIYuzvendra Chahal dismissed both of them, en route to standout figures of 3 for 32
After taking a diving catch to send back Sam Billings, Chris Gayle took two wickets to leave Daredevils tottering at 98 for 6 in 15 overs© BCCI
© BCCIAfter taking a diving catch to send back Sam Billings, Chris Gayle took two wickets to leave Daredevils tottering at 98 for 6 in 15 overs
De Kock continued to score 60 before Chris Morris' 18-ball 27, the only notable lower-order contribution, pushed Daredevils to 138 for 8© BCCI
© BCCIDe Kock continued to score 60 before Chris Morris' 18-ball 27, the only notable lower-order contribution, pushed Daredevils to 138 for 8

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Number of wickets taken by Royal Challengers' spinners in the last four matches, including five on Sunday. In the previous 10 matches, they had only 15 wickets
Gayle paid for a lack of footwork when he chopped a Morris delivery that shaped away on to the stumps© BCCI
© BCCIGayle paid for a lack of footwork when he chopped a Morris delivery that shaped away on to the stumps
Virat Kohli made a watchful start on a tough pitch and held his end up© BCCI
© BCCIVirat Kohli made a watchful start on a tough pitch and held his end up
Extra bounce did AB de Villiers in as he skewed a drive to cover point, leaving Royal Challengers on 17 for 2 in the third over© BCCI
© BCCIExtra bounce did AB de Villiers in as he skewed a drive to cover point, leaving Royal Challengers on 17 for 2 in the third over
KL Rahul scored 38 off 23 balls and added 66 for the third wicket with Kohli to ease the nerves© BCCI
© BCCIKL Rahul scored 38 off 23 balls and added 66 for the third wicket with Kohli to ease the nerves
Carlos Brathwaite broke the partnership when Rahul chopped one on to the off stump© BCCI
© BCCICarlos Brathwaite broke the partnership when Rahul chopped one on to the off stump
In the 14th over, Jayant Yadav parried Shane Watson's slog for six from long-on. Luckily for Daredevils, it didn't prove too costly as Watson fell in the next over© BCCI
© BCCIIn the 14th over, Jayant Yadav parried Shane Watson's slog for six from long-on. Luckily for Daredevils, it didn't prove too costly as Watson fell in the next over
Kohli kept things under control and Stuart Binny gave him company as Royal Challengers headed towards the target© BCCI
© BCCIKohli kept things under control and Stuart Binny gave him company as Royal Challengers headed towards the target
Zaheer Khan gave Kohli a few anxious moments in the 18th over, but an attempted bouncer went horribly wrong and escaped for five wides© BCCI
© BCCIZaheer Khan gave Kohli a few anxious moments in the 18th over, but an attempted bouncer went horribly wrong and escaped for five wides
Kohli knocked off the winning run on the first ball of the 19th over. He stayed unbeaten on 54 and guided Royal Challengers to their second playoffs in two seasons© BCCI
© BCCIKohli knocked off the winning run on the first ball of the 19th over. He stayed unbeaten on 54 and guided Royal Challengers to their second playoffs in two seasons

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Number of scores of 50 or more for Kohli in 26 T20 innings this year - the most by a batsman in a calendar year. Gayle had 16 such scores in 38 innings in 2012

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