DD batsmen were playing it safe and didn’t take any risk against Moeen Ali who was introduced in the 7th over. Trying a combination of pace and spin and brought Mohammed Siraj into the attack from the other end. Pant who had had spent enough time on the crease hit Siraj for two consecutive sixes. Siraj conceded 14 runs in his over. Moeen Ali came in and batsmen looked to accelerate but couldn’t find the gaps. They could only manage 4 runs in the over. DD were 66/2 after 9 overs.
Iyer and Pant were trying hard to go for big shots but somehow apart from some lucky boundaries nothing had been coming off the middle of the bat. Grandhomme was brought in to bowl the 10th over and conceded 12 runs including a boundary. Moeen Ali began the 11th one. Pant hit him for a maximum over long-on. But, other than that nothing special happened in that over. The innings was moving at a slower pace but the batsmen had settled on the crease. Kohli needed a wicket and called Chahal back into the attack in search of a wicket. But Chahal wasn’t as successful this around and Pant started the punishment. Chahal leaked 14 runs in his over. DD were slowly building the momentum and stood at 101/2 after 12 overs.
Moeen Ali had been bowling some tight overs throughout the innings and was rewarded with an important wicket of Rishabh Pant just before he ended his spell of four overs. Vijay Shankar was the new man in. Chahal bowled his last over and ended a wonderful spell without offering too many opportunities to the batsmen. Yadav returned from the other to bowl the 15th over. Shreyas Iyer had been there on the crease for almost throughout the innings and was scoring at just below run-a-ball. He looked to change gears and failed miserably hitting straight into the hands of the fielder. Siraj dismissed Iyer. Abhishek Sharma, the debutant, was the new man on the crease. He opened his account with a boundary and Siraj answered with bouncer. DD were 125/4 after 16 overs.
Southee returned came back to bowl his 3rd. The debutante Abhishek was playing a great role for Delhi and hit Southee for consecutive sixes. Southee who had kept DD quiet in the initial overs went for 22 runs in his over. Siraj returned and the assault continued. Abhishek hit him for a six on the first ball of the over. Shankar joined the party and went for a boundary. RCB were leaking quick runs in the death overs. Southee made a comeback and succeeded in putting some breaks on the flow of runs. He conceded just 7 runs in the 19th over. Siraj bowled the final over. Tried to much variations with length and was appropriately punished for a six and a four. DD, with the help of some death over boundaries and a fifty run partnership between Abhishek and Shankar, managed to post a decent 181/4 in 20 overs.
Kohli had started on a good note and looked to continue with that. Lamichhane returned and Kohli welcomed the debutante to the real world, smacking him for a boundary. Amit Mishra was introduced into the attack. Both the batsmen assessed the bowler for a while. Mishra attempted a googly and A B read it correctly and smashed him for a six over long-off. Dala was brought into the attack. Bowled a loose ball across the leg stump and Kohli played it fine, adding more runs and reaching his fifty quite comfortably. Dala finished a decent over conceding just 9 runs. RCB were 85/2 after 9 overs.
Kohli and de villiers were moving towards a solid partnership and DD was in desperate need of a wicket. Mishra came back with the 10th over. Ball was turning but the batsmen were well settled to wait for the right delivery to hit and relied on singles until AB hit Mishra for a huge six over covers. Delhi captain was quickly switching between bowlers in search of a breakthrough and brought in Harshal Patel to bowl the 11th overs. The over saw Harshal conceding 8 runs and AB playing his trademark scoop over wicket-keepers head. Lamichane replaced Amit Mishra from the other end. After two early wickets, RCB was back on track with Kohli-de villiers adding 95 runs in 56 balls for the 3rd wicket partnership. RCB were quickly approaching the target and stood at 113/2 after 12 overs.