Moeen Ali (32, 18b, 1x4, 3x6) fared better, and when he carted Ishant for a six and a four in the 14th over, the stage seemed set for a death overs assault.
The Royal Challengers posted an under par 149-8 after being inserted to bat first thanks to a blistering bowling spell by Kagiso Rabada.
Kohli- RCB skipper has not delivered his best yet in this IPL. "If we had runs on the board and on a slower wicket, I don't think we bowled to our plans". Not as good as the last game.
In the 9th over, Pawan Negi removed Shaw after the batsman top-edged a delivery and was caught at deep square leg by Akshdeep Nath. The Windies all-rounder has scored close to 200 runs in his last 5 innings and has also taken 5 wickets. The openers continued to hit the fours and sixes after the powerplay too.
With just five runs needed, Delhi survived some anxious moment after losing Chris Morris (0) and Pant - both trying to clear the in-field and perishing in the process. Russell's brutal hitting has been the common thread running through their impressive show. With RCB batsmen struggling to connect Ishant Sharma's cross-seam deliveries, the other seamers in the line-up stuck to it as well.
Kohli, mindful of the fact, played the anchor by tying one end up. Smith, however, scored 38 against RCB.More news: Judge blocks Trump's asylum policy but delays enforcement
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One six Lynn hit even went all the way out of the stadium. Finally, Shubman Gill launched two sixes off Shakib Al Hasan to notch up an improbable victory.
Yesterday, Kohli and company lost their sixth match to Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals. Apart from Smith, Jos Buttler chipped in with 37 as the two stitched a crucial second wicket stand of 72 runs. It appeared as if the RCB skipper had taken the onus upon himself to bat through the innings.
Russell has now scored 207 runs at an average of 103. Enjoying RCB's misery!Nothing going good for RCB!
Had it not been for Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali's contributions, RCB would have been in deep trouble. Virat's workman-like knock fetched him 41 runs from 33 balls.
Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore lacked momentum for most part of their batting innings. His pace, bounce and deadly accuracy powered him to the top of the wicket-taking charts with the South African having picked up 11 wickets so far this season. Delhi rode Shreyas Iyer's 67 to reach the target with seven balls to spare.