Skipper Virat Kohli (58 off 45 balls) struck a half century for RCB in the victory as his side posted 161-6 batting first. Pacer Tymal Mills, who was bought for a whopping amount at the IPL auction, also failed to light up the season for the Bangalore-based franchise. While inconsistency has been the Delhi Daredevils bane, Royal Challengers Bangalore endured horror run in the landmark 10th edition of the cash-rich T20 extravaganza.
However, his opening partner Vishnu Vinod was dismissed early and cheaply (3 off 9) when Pat Cummins rattled his stumps in his very first over.
Kohli flicked Zaheer over the ropes but was out from the following ball and Negi hit three consecutive boundaries in the last over of the innings, runs which proved to be crucial. He followed it up with two sixes off Mohammed Shami in his next two overs.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant got starts, though neither converted that to a big score; Shreyas made 32 from 29 balls before he slapped a short delivery to the cover fielder, while Pant made a stroke-filled 45 (34 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) before he played all over a slower delivery from Harshal Patel in the seventeenth over.
In response, the Daredevils starts well, despite Samson falling for a duck, but in the end fell short by 10 runs.
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With 49 needed in four overs, Pant sent Harshal Patel soaring over the square leg boundary for a huge six, but the bowler fought back strongly when he bowled the left-hander to swing the game in his side's favour.
While Kohli amassed 973 runs last season to propel his team into the final, the 28-year-old has scored only 250 runs after missing the first few game due to injury. Pawan Negi had excellent returns of 3 for 10 in two overs, while Travis Head picked up two wickets in three overs.
Even as Gayle threatened, Daredevils got the first breakthrough when Cummins rattled Vishnu Vinod's stumps after getting a bottom edge, the bowling change working for the home team. Iyer and Pant then began the recovery with a 46-run partnership.
Shami and Mishra then tried their best, swinging their bats for several boundaries and bringing the equation down to 35 off 18 balls.
Meanwhile, Kohli brought up his fifty - his fourth of the season - off 39 balls, but got out soon after he clobbered Zaheer over deep midwicket for his third six in what could be the former India seamer's final IPL game.