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Quinton de Kock's 48-ball ton stuns RCB

Delhi Daredevils 192 for 3 (De Kock 108, Nair 54*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 191 for 5 (Kohli 79, De Villiers 55, Shami 2-34) by seven wickets
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It was a run-fest of the highest quality. Virat Kohli, a machine going by his current form, delivered again. His 48-ball 79 powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to 191 for 5, and AB de Villiers and Shane Watson chipped in with 55 and 33. But their efforts were put to shade by Quinton de Kock, who made a bruising 51-ball 108, the first hundred in IPL 2016, to lift Delhi Daredevils to a seven-wicket win at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. It was Daredevils' first victory over Royal Challengers since 2010.

While De Kock starred in the lead role, Karun Nair, who hails from Bangalore, played the supporting act in a 134-run third-wicket stand that came off 76 balls. He remained unbeaten on 54 as Daredevils won with five balls to spare.

Zaheer Khan, the Daredevils captain, was clear that Kohli's prowess at chasing had influenced his decision to bowl first. What he didn't account for was a Chinnaswamy deck that looked biscuit brown and was ripe for plundering. Kohli went on to show he could be equally dangerous when setting targets. The groundwork was laid during his second-wicket stand of 107 with de Villiers but Daredevils hit back with a tremendous exhibition of late-overs bowling. The returning Mohammed Shami and Chris Morris conceded only 27 off the last four overs.

Daredevils' chase was dealt an early blow when Shreyas Iyer was dismissed by Shane Watson and David Wiese, whose tag-team effort resulted in a stunning catch at long-on. But the loss had little effect on de Kock as he pierced a packed off-side field for three fours off the offspinner Parvez Rasool in the second over.

De Kock was particularly punishing through the off side, a majority of his runs coming behind square. Once he was set, the other elements of his game surfaced. A nonchalant flick off Harshal Patel in the ninth over soared over deep square leg, and when in the 90s he used the pace to scoop the ball over short fine leg. The result was a wagon wheel with spokes all around the wicket.

De Kock's sparkling form helped Daredevils ride a trough when Sanju Samson struggled to play his shots, but his dismissal in the sixth over turned their fortunes. Nair and de Kock attacked Yuzvendra Chahal, Patel and Wiese, whose combined tally at one point was 78 off seven overs. Their predictability put immense pressure on Watson to deliver as the equation came down to 56 off six overs.

By then, Nair was settled. Not a shot was played in desperation or anger, and his form took the pressure off a tiring de Kock, who brought up his century off his 48th ball. Once into the home stretch, there was a sense of inevitability to the game. After de Kock walked off to applause from Watson, who had him caught behind, Duminy struck the winning runs to secure Daredevils' second successive victory this season.

Daredevils appeared to wrest an early advantage with Chris Gayle's dismissal in the first over to Zaheer. But de Villiers and Kohli were least affected by the loss, and carried on from where they had left off in the opening game. Ten fours and a six came in the first six overs as Royal Challengers moved to 63 for 1.

The spinners, Pawan Negi and Amit Mishra, fared only marginally better than the quicks in the face of the de Villiers-Kohli onslaught. It needed Carlos Brathwaite, the World T20 hero, to dismiss de Villiers in his first over to rejuvenate Daredevils. But Daredevils had little relief as Kohli and Watson took over.

With 21 coming off the 16th over, bowled by Zaheer, Royal Challengers were 164 for 2 and well set for a second successive 200-plus score. But the wickets of Watson and Sarfaraz Khan in the space of three balls denied them a late flourish.

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A win, finally

2010

Last time before this Daredevils won against Royal Challengers. Since then before this match they had lost eight consecutive games against them.

Chasing high

0

No. of scores that have been higher than de Kock's in chases in the IPL since 2013. Overall de Kock's 108 is the seventh highest individual score in chases in the IPL.

Quick de Kock

22

Balls taken by Quinton de Kock for his fifty. This is the second fastest of this IPL. David Warner's 21-ball fifty against Royal Challengers is the fastest.

Brakes applied

27

Runs conceded by Daredevils in the last four overs. They had conceded 164 runs in the first 16.

Expensive

50

Runs conceded by Zaheer Khan from his four overs. This was his second most expensive spell in T20s. Had conceded 53 v KKR in 2011.

Kohli's incredible 2016

9

Number of fifties Virat Kohli has hit in just 14 T20 innings in 2016. This is his fourth consecutive T20 fifty

50 in 25

5

Number of fifties AB de Villiers has got in 25 balls or less in the IPL, including the one in this match. Only Warner (7) and Sehwag (6) have done this more often.

Powerplay high

63

Runs scored by Royal Challengers in Powerplay - the highest in this IPL. Previous highest were 62 by Lions against Supergiants.

Blow hot, blow cold

7

No. of single-digit scores by Chris Gayle in his last ten T20 innings including three ducks. Has made 37, 60, and 100* in the other three innings.

Chasing?

1-2

Daredevils' record chasing against Royal Challengers in Bangalore. Trail 2-4, overall, chasing against them. They have elected to chase again in this match.