Virat Kohli carried RCB in the play-offs Image: IPLT20
Leading from the front, skipper Virat Kohli smashed yet unbeaten another half-century to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils.
With the win, RCB climbed to second spot in the points table with 16 points from 14 games, thus qualifying for play-offs. They will now face Gujarat Lions in the first Qualifier on May 24 in Bengaluru.
Batting first, riding on Quinton de Kock's 52-ball 60, Delhi managed to post 138/8 in 20 overs but RCB easily chased down the target, posting 139/4 with 11 balls to spare.
Delhi's IPL campaign ended here as they were knocked out of the last four berth.
RCB got off to a poor start losing swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle (1) in the very first over. Bangalore received yet another blow as Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan, who returned for his second over, dismissed the dangerous A.B. de Villiers (6).
But Bangalore skipper Kohli along with K.L. Rahul (38) added a crucial 66-run partnership for the third wicket. For Delhi, Zaheer, Morris, Brathwaite and Pawan Negi claimed one wicket each.
Earlier put into bat, Delhi lost Rishabh Pant (1) in the second over. From then on, Delhi kept losing wickets at regular intervals and never got any momentum into the innings.
Pant tried to punch on the up a delivery from pacer Sreenath Aravind, but the ball held its line and flicked the outside edge of his bat and he was caught behind.
Losing wickets hurt Delhi's cause though de Kock held firm. For RCB, leg spinner Chahal claimed 3/32 off his four overs while Gayle chipped in with 2/11 in two overs.
(With inputs from IANS)