Bengaluru: Quinton de Kock smashed the first century of the ongoing Indian Premier League to power Delhi Daredevils to a comprehensive seven wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, here today.
Chasing an imposing 192 for win, De Kock blazed his way to 108 off just 51 balls with the help off a whopping 15 boundaries and three sixes and in the company of young Karun Nair (54 off 42) added 134 runs off 12.4 overs for the third wicket to help Darvedevils overwhelm the target with five balls to spare.
However, the Daredevils did not have the best of starts as they lost Shreyas Iyer early, courtesy a brilliant cor-ordinated catch between Shane Watson and David Wi ese at the long-off boundary off Sreenath Aravind’s final delivery of the first over off the innings. But thereafter it was all De Kock and Nair show as duo took the below-par RCB attack to task and played real cricketing shots, helped by some luck to keep Daredevils in the hunt on a small ground.
Earlier, Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock with a quickfire 79, while A B de Villers made a brisk 55 before Delhi Daredevils pulled things back a little towards the end to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 191 for five. (PTI)
Royal Challengers Bangalore innings
CH Gayle c Duminy b Khan 00
V Kohli* c Iyer b Mohammed Shami 79
AB de Villiers c Mohammed Shami b Brathwaite 55
SR Watson c Morris b Mohammed Shami 33
SN Khan run out (Mohammed Shami) 01
KM Jadhav† not out 09
D Wiese not out 05
Delhi Daredevils innings
Q de Kock† c †Jadhav b Watson 108
SS Iyer c Wiese b Aravind 00
SV Samson c Chahal b Watson 09
KK Nair not out 54
JP Duminy not out 07