Both Delhi and Bangalore are already out of the Indian Premier League and this match was all about salvaging some pride.
In the evening, after their captain had called correctly at the toss and decided his batsmen would take first strike, RCB finished their twenty overs at 161-6. Kohli brought up his fifty, his fourth of the season, off 39 balls and it was another entertaining and important knock from the Indian captain.
Prior to the start of the season, no one could have imagined that RCB would be the first team to be eliminated from the contest.
Gayle set the tone by taking two boundaries off the first over from Zaheer Khan and struck Mohammed Shami for a couple of sixes before Vishnu Vinod (3) played on to a delivery from Pat Cummins. He struggled with his stroke-making after the Powerplay overs.
Negi was RCB's most successful bowler, finishing with figures of 3/10 in two overs.
Kohli picked out leg-spinner Amit Mishra for attack and his rasping flicks towards the midwicket against provided the runs Bangalore required in the middle overs. They made a slow start, scoring 37/1 at the end of Powerplay overs (six), with Gayle contributing 32 runs off 24 deliveries.
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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. Shahbaz Nadeem, who was consistently bowling as a chinaman to Gayle, bowled one that spun the other way and he mistimed it to give Zaheer a rather easy catch at midwicket. His lofted drive off medium pacer Corey Anderson in the first ball of the ninth over was a joy to watch as it completed 50 runs for the southern outfit.
Delhi's chase got off to a disastrous start when Sanju Samson was dismissed by Avesh Khan's second ball.
Shami dispatched the last two balls for boundaries to bring the equation down to 35 off 18 balls.
The early wicket left Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer with the job of rebuilding, which they did effectively and kept Delhi in the hunt. In the end, DD only ran RCB close because of later-order hitting from Shami (21 from 9 balls, 3 sixes).
At the end of the 10th over, Daredevils were 76 or two, needing 86 runs off 60 balls. Travis Head (2/30) and Shane Watson (1/16) too chipped in with wickets.