If it were Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson, who overwhelmed the home bowling in the previous game, it was Kohli and AB de Villiers' (72*) turn to repeat the act to pave the way for a five-wicket win. Although Kohli fell to Mishra in the 14th over, de Villiers continued unflustered in the company of Mandeep Singh.
Another Rishabh Pant (61 off 34 balls) blitz and a 46-run cameo from IPL debutant Abhishek Sharma helped Delhi Daredevils post a competitive 181 for four. Coming together after two early wickets, the duo ensured DD would not get to play spoilsport to their campaign in the tournament. There is a possibility that Delhi management might give an opportunity to Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African pacer Junior Dala, who both are yet to get a game. With Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at the helm, they have put their best foot forward. But it was a fine 93-run partnership between skipper Shreyas Iyer and in-form Rishabh Pant that prospered Daredevils to 181/4.
But in the very next over, Yuzvendra Chahal punished Roy (12 off 9) with a ideal googly, claiming the middle stump for the second time in two overs as Delhi stood shocked at 16 runs for two gone. Skipper Virat Kohli made a brilliant 70 runs off 40 balls while de Villers smacked a 72 off 37 balls studded with four boundaries and 6 sixes.
Kolkata moved to fourth, behind Punjab on net run-rate. The southpaw got going by depositing Mohammed Siraj for successive sixes in the eighth over, one came off a pull over midwicket and the other was a flatter hit over long-off.
OUT! Poor start for RCB. The leggie served up a double whammy, removing Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy. Pant came with the hosts under pressure at 16/2.
But with Virat Kohli on the batting end, things began to look different.
The tweaker: Clearly the plaudits go to De Villiers and Kohli for their knocks but the contributions of Yuzvendra Chahal with the ball was pivotal in giving Dan Vettori's side something to build from.
Chasing a challenging 182 to win, RCB reached the target in 19 overs with AB hitting the winning runs with a six over long-off.