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Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets
DD
138/8 - 20/20 ov
RCB
139/4 - 18.1/20 ov
Match 56, Naya Raipur

Phew, we've had 56 thrilling matches, but we've reached the end of the group stage! Was it the most exciting ever? I certainly think so!

Today it wasn't a vintage performance from RCB like their last few games, but once again Virat Kohli has guided his side over the finish line. They qualify for the playoffs in second place and will face the Gujarat Lions for a place in the final on Tuesday. Delhi didn't make it comfortable for them, taking out Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers early, but their own performance with the bat just wasn't good enough. They finish the season in 6th place and will have to gather their thoughts and hope they can do better next year. After such a dreadful start to the season, Royal Challengers Bangalore have shone in the second half, and will be confident they can reach the final with the qualifier to be played on their home ground.

Can you believe it - tomorrow will be the first day since the 8th April without IPL cricket! What are we going to do without it?! Thankfully, it's only a one day break, so rest up and join us again on Tuesday as we start the final stretch of IPL 2016. Thanks for your company, and goodnight!

MoM: Virat Kohli

Kohli: "We were at an impossible stage. our focus has paid off. My focus is to take the team through. You have to start afresh today, it sounds boring but that's the way it is. To have discipline, you need to be boring. You need to make every day count. When I come onto the field, this was what I was born to do. Very important not to get rude or arrogant when you are in form. All about keeping that thin line between confidence and overconfidence. People have given me a lot of love since the Australia series. Especially the bowling unit, they have been doing exceptionally well. It was a 160-par wicket. Amazing, hats off to the bowlers."

Zaheer: "It has been a wonderful campaign. We've been playing good cricket. With this kind of side, we have given a tough time to all sides. Happy with the way things have panned out for us. 160 would have been dependable. When someone like Virat is there, he is so good at absorbing pressure. In a way, we felt one knock, one partnership was critical here. Couldn't get going but these things happen. I haven't really thought about my future. Still enjoy being out there."

Match report: For most part of the league stages of VIVO IPL 2016, the bowling department had been a bugbear for Royal Challengers Bangalore. But not on Sunday evening when they came up against the Delhi Daredevils in the final league fixture of the season. In a crucial do-or-die contest, the RCB bowlers brought their ‘A’ game to the park and strangled the Delhi Daredevils to a modest 138-8. When it was their turn to chase, RCB rode on a half-century from their run-machine – skipper Virat Kohli – to chase down the runs in the 19th over. The 6-wicket win meant RCB, who had won only two of their first seven matches of the season, not only qualified for the Playoffs, but also finished the league stage at second place and will therefore have two chances of qualifying for the final. The defeat meant the end of the road for the Delhi Daredevils, who finish with seven wins and as many defeats.

Earlier in the evening, the RCB captain won the toss and gave the home side the opportunity of setting a target. In the face of a disciplined bowling performance from the visitors and on a pitch where stroke-making was difficult, DD lost wickets at regular intervals; there was never a phase in the innings when the DD batsmen were scoring runs freely.

de Kock, who had earlier scored a century against this opponent in the reverse-leg in Bengaluru, once again stood tall. The South African had hit three boundaries and a six by the time the fielding restrictions were relaxed at the end of the sixth over. Thereafter though, with wickets falling at the other end, he chose to shun the aggressive methods for the more efficient methods and resorted to rotating the strike; he got to his half-century at the start of the 14th over – needing 43 balls to get to the milestone. He was dismissed for 60 (52 balls), when he attempted to go aerial against Yuzvendra Chahal, but holed out to long-off. The left-hander was involved in partnerships of 31 with Karun Nair and 29 with Sanju Samson, among others, before he was seventh out, at the start of the 17th over.

Chris Morris, who reclaimed his place in the Delhi Daredevils XI at the expense of JP Duminy, played a cameo at the end; batting at number eight, the South African scored 27 from 18 balls and remained unbeaten. Delhi Daredevils finished at 138-8, 20 runs short as their captain admitted in the post-match chat. In as many as nine of their 20 overs, DD scored less than a run a ball; there were only four overs in the innings where the home side managed to score 10 runs or more in an over.

For RCB, Chahal was the most successful bowler; the leg-spinner picked up three wickets, to take his tally of wickets in the season to 19 – and thereby clinched the Purple Cap. Chris Gayle rolled his arm over and collected two wickets in his two overs, while Sreenath Arvind and Chris Jordan collected a wicket each.

RCB were jolted at the start of their chase when Chris Morris dismissed Gayle for 1 and Zaheer Khan extracted extra bounce and had AB de Villiers (6) fending to the man at cover point. At 17-2, there must have been just a few nerves in the visitors’ dressing room. But the presence of Virat Kohli, who looked determined, and a quick fire 38 from KL Rahul must have quickly doused any tension building up in the dressing room. The third wicket pair added 66 runs in 7.3 overs, with Rahul playing dominant partner. The Karnataka batsman drove through cover, cut through point, pulled for a six and even played the reverse sweep in his 23-ball 38.

Rahul was dismissed in the eleventh over when the ball took the inside edge of his bat and rolled onto his stumps. Shortly after, Shane Watson gave Pawan Negi his first wicket of the season when he picked out the midwicket fielder in the 15th over.

At the other end was Kohli, accumulating runs without a fuss. It wasn’t the usually fluent and stroke-filled half-century. Aware that the required run rate wasn’t too demanding, the RCB captain operated in second-gear for most part of his knock; he was happy to play second fiddle to Rahul and kept turning the strike over to him. He stayed around till the end and ensured the job was done. Befittingly, he struck the winning runs – he collected a quick single after driving Carlos Brathwaite to mid-on. The RCB captain finished unbeaten on 54, and had hit six boundaries in his 45-ball knock.

For DD, skipper Zaheer Khan bowled a testing spell upfront and finished with figures of 1-30. Chris Morris, Negi and Brathwaite picked up one wicket each too.

Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 6 wickets

End of Over 19 - 1 run RCB 139/4
Virat Kohli54* (45b 6x4)
Stuart Binny*16* (11b 2x4)
18.1 C Brathwaite to V Kohli, one run, 131.64 km/h full length on off stump.
End of Over 18 - 12 runs RCB 138/4
Stuart Binny16* (11b 2x4)
Virat Kohli*53* (44b 6x4)
17.6 Z Khan to S Binny, no run, 131.64 km/h full length on off stump.

Four! Not quite! Scores are level! Drops just before the deep midwicket boundary.

17.5 Z Khan to S Binny, FOUR, 133.58 km/h good length outside off stump.

Straight over everyone's head, and that's put the victory in one ball's reach... can he do it?

17.5 Z Khan to S Binny, wide delivery.
17.4 Z Khan to V Kohli, one run, 106.14 km/h short length just outside off stump.
17.3 Z Khan to V Kohli, no run, 129.56 km/h good length outside off stump.
17.2 Z Khan to V Kohli, no run, 128.84 km/h short length just outside off stump.
17.1 Z Khan to V Kohli, two runs.
End of Over 17 - 7 runs RCB 126/4
Stuart Binny12* (9b 1x4)
Virat Kohli*50* (40b 6x4)
16.6 C Brathwaite to S Binny, two runs, 125.85 km/h good length on middle stump.
16.5 C Brathwaite to S Binny, no run, 130.35 km/h good length on off stump.

50 for Virat Kohli - his 10th of this IPL season. He's simply unstoppable.

16.4 C Brathwaite to S Binny, two runs, 130.35 km/h good length going down leg.
16.3 C Brathwaite to V Kohli, one run, 136.31 km/h short length on middle stump.
16.2 C Brathwaite to S Binny, one run, 126.57 km/h short length going down leg.
16.1 C Brathwaite to V Kohli, one run, 139.59 km/h full length going down leg.

Four overs remain and RCB need 5 runs off each over. It's looking like a walk in the park and they're cantering to their total. Could we see some big hitting and see it finish early?

End of Over 16 - 8 runs RCB 119/4
Stuart Binny7* (5b 1x4)
Virat Kohli*48* (38b 6x4)
15.6 A Mishra to S Binny, no run, 85.08 km/h good length on leg stump.
15.5 A Mishra to S Binny, two runs, 83.4 km/h good length outside off stump.

Four! Perfectly executed by Binny, scooping it over his head and to the fine leg boundary.

15.4 A Mishra to S Binny, FOUR, 84.12 km/h short length on middle stump.
15.3 A Mishra to S Binny, no run, 83.13 km/h good length on off stump.
15.2 A Mishra to V Kohli, one run, 85.7 km/h good length on off stump.
15.1 A Mishra to S Binny, one run.
End of Over 15 - 7 runs, 1 wicket RCB 111/4
Virat Kohli*47* (37b 6x4)

Wicket! Watson gets down on his knee and pulls it down to deep midwicket with a slog sweep, but he hasn't got enough on that and it's a simple catch for Sam Billings. RCB still require less than a run a ball but Delhi definitely aren't making it easy for them. That's Negi's first wicket of IPL 2016.

14.6 P Negi to S Watson, WICKET!!! S Watson is out c Sam Billings b Pawan Negi, 78.52 km/h good length on off stump.
14.5 P Negi to V Kohli, one run, 87.88 km/h full length on middle stump.
14.4 P Negi to S Watson, one run, 86.71 km/h full length going down leg.
14.3 P Negi to S Watson, two runs, 87.28 km/h good length going down leg.
14.2 P Negi to V Kohli, one run, 98.76 km/h good length on leg stump.
14.1 P Negi to V Kohli, two runs, 99.55 km/h good length on middle stump.
End of Over 14 - 8 runs RCB 104/3
Shane Watson11* (15b 1x6)
Virat Kohli*43* (34b 6x4)
13.6 A Mishra to S Watson, no run, 74.14 km/h short length going down leg.
13.5 A Mishra to S Watson, no run, 85.6 km/h good length on off stump.

Six! Yadav goes for the catch, but the ball carries him over the rope! He can't keep hold of it and scampers after it, and it's a maximum for Watson.

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