"The table is wide open, the right time to get the win", Kohli said. It only took a special effort to remove Pant with de Villiers holding on to a spectacular sliding catch at long-on.
Delhi Daredevils can not reach the Indian Premier League play-offs after Royal Challengers Bangalore won a big-hitting clash by five wickets on Saturday.
Another Rishabh Pant (61 off 34 balls) blitz and a 46-run cameo from IPL debutant Abhishek Sharma helped Delhi Daredevils post a competitive 181 for four.
Daredevils handed IPL debuts to Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane and Junior Dala in this game.
The other set batsman, Iyer, too departed soon after Pant's fall, hurting the innings momentum to leave Delhi at 120 four in 15.1 overs.
But Mujeeb's absence due to injury cost Punjab heavily in the middle overs as Karthik and Andre Russell (31) propelled the innings with a 76-run fourth-wicket stand off just 31 balls.
While Kohli walked back after scoring 40-ball 70, De Villiers took the onus to finish things up and cross the victory line. But it was a fine 93-run partnership between skipper Shreyas Iyer and in-form Rishabh Pant that prospered Daredevils to 181/4. The leggie served up a double whammy, removing Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy. Pant came with the hosts under pressure at 16/2. Chahal then sent back Jason Roy in nearly a similar fashion, leaving hosts at 16 for two in the third over.
Tye once again got the breakthrough when Russell top-edged a short-pitched delivery and Karthik also holed out at long off after hitting five fours and three sixes.
Kohli and AB de Villiers eventually began to combine to give RCB a headstart in the target chase and cruised past the 50-run mark by the end of the powerplay (58/2 in 6 overs). The RCB have the same number of points but sit a place above Delhi with one less game and a slightly better net run-rate. The ball was a full-toss and way outside off-stump and de Villiers shuffled across to take the unorthodox sweep shot over the backward square leg.
DD piled on the pressure with two quick wickets towards the end; while Mandeep was dismissed by Boult, Harshal Patel ended Sarfaraz Khan's cameo.
IPL 11 Match 45 DD vs RCB at the Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi: Hello and welcome to the commentary from the match between DD and RCB at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.