Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2011, Delhi April 26, 2011

Bangalore win in seesaw chase

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 161 for 7 (Kohli 56, M Morkel 3-25) beat Delhi Daredevils 160 for 6 (Hopes 54, Mithun 2-37) by three wickets
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The Royal Challengers Bangalore lower order scraped 22 runs from 15 deliveries to steer their side past Delhi Daredevils' 160 - a target that had looked small when Virat Kohli was at the crease, and stiff after his dismissal. But Daniel Vettori and J Syed Mohammad found the boundaries when they were needed, and got Bangalore home with three deliveries to spare.

It had looked like a cakewalk when Kohli was finding the boundaries at will in a breezy half-century that stunned Delhi. But David Warner provided the inspiration Delhi needed with a direct hit from the deep that ran out AB de Villiers. After Morne Morkel bowled Kohli two deliveries later, 65 needed from 66 deliveries quickly became 44 required from 30, and the Feroz Shah Kotla crowd started buzzing with the hope of a home victory.

But Syed flicked and steered Umesh Yadav for successive boundaries to bring the equation down to 12 required off two overs, and Bangalore didn't allow Delhi back again.

The way Kohli had begun in a blaze of boundaries, Delhi hadn't looked like getting a look-in. Coming in after Tillakaratne Dilshan had been dismissed off the second ball of the chase, Kohli launched six fours off his first ten deliveries. He started with successive boundaries on either side of point off Ashok Dinda, and then laid in to Irfan Pathan, dismissing him for four fours in an over.

Irfan is trying to make a comeback to the Indian team, but looked helpless against Kohli, becoming too predictable with his attempt to bend the ball back in at gentle pace. Kohli took full toll, flicking, driving and glancing him for 16 runs as Delhi surrendered the advantage of the early breakthrough.

To add to Delhi's troubles, they had to contend with Chris Gayle at the other end. The Jamaican carved Morne Morkel over cover and then hammered him over long-on. Kohli and Gayle took another 17 runs off Dinda as Bangalore raced to 62 for 1 in five overs. Though James Hopes got Gayle with a surprise bouncer to end an 82-run stand off 43 deliveries, Kohli casually flicked the next delivery for four to bring up his fifty in 31 balls.

Then came the moment that got Delhi back in the game. AB de Villiers took on Warner's throw from deep midwicket for a second run, and found himself nowhere close when the ball shattered the stumps. Two balls later, Morne Morkel got Kohli to play on, and suddenly Bangalore were 96 for 4.

Bangalore had hardly recovered from the twin blows when Cheteshwar Pujara found deep midwicket with a pull. They still needed 54 from 45, and Saurabh Tiwary was the only specialist batsman left.

But Vettori has scrapped on countless occasions for New Zealand, and wasn't going to give in anytime soon. He and Tiwary brought it down to 32 from 24. Tiwary then clubbed Morkel for six over midwicket to almost snatch the game away from Delhi but the match turned again. Morkel had Tiwary steering a full delivery to the keeper. Abhimanyu Mithun tried to swing his way out of pressure off the next two balls, and found extra cover with the second attempt.

Syed joined Vettori and they shut the door on Delhi with some nerveless batting; Vettori's sliced boundary over backward point off Hopes decisively swung the game in Bangalore's favour in the penultimate over.

Hopes had earlier led a Delhi recovery after Zaheer Khan and S Aravind made the dangerous pair of Virender Sehwag and David Warner feel for the new ball that zipped around on a helpful surface. Hopes added 47 off 33 deliveries for the fifth wicket with Venugopal Rao and played the percentages excellently, targeting the three Bangalore spinners for six of his seven boundaries.

Warner had found the initial movement too hot to handle, and was cleaned up by a perfectly pitched delivery from Zaheer that came back into him. Sehwag got off to his usual carefree start, slamming his first delivery for four and twice edging Aravind just short of the men behind the wicket. His luck eventually ran out when he was caught inches short of his crease by a Mithun throw.

At 115 for 3 with five overs to go, however, Delhi had managed to set the base for the final onslaught, but Rao's blind charge to Vettori made him lose his stumps. Some late sixes from Irfan Pathan and Naman Ojha lifted Delhi to 160, a score that proved inadequate ultimately.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Finn92 on April 27, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Pujara has looked good in the few tests he's played and his first class average is amazing but he looks totally clueless in Twenty20 format against decent bowling, he can't find boundaries and gets out to rash shots, he should be dropped along with Tiwary who is having a stinker compared to last year. Delhi will profit from changing captain, Viru is a world class player but a village captain, on the other hand who to give it to? Aravind, Mithun, Dinda and Yadav all were clocking 140+ and they look decent, you Indian's will need a new crop of quicks soon.

  • on April 27, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    RCB coming up strong....................

  • mssv_1988 on April 27, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Sehwag's captaincy.. He even had two slips in the 9th over.. He wanted to take wickets to win the game.. He brought morkel back immediately after warner direct hit and virat got out.. He brought him again at the right time n got saurabh and mithun out. He does not have the resources, that is the problem. Not his captaincy!

  • on April 27, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    RCB seems to have got back their winning habit. Looks like Gayle's entry has boosted their confidence. With ZAK slowly coming into his own, the bowling worry too seems to be fading. What RCB needs is a strong bowler to support ZAK. Arvind has been good, but Mithun has been aweful. Should serioulsy consider more overs to Gayle and Dilshan and thus drop Mithun and bring back Asad Pathan. He is a good hitter of the ball and can also turn his arm over. Well done, RCB. Best of luck. Virat was very special.

  • mdwasifimam on April 27, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    irfan pathan has talents but sehwag captaincy is not up to mark.He is utilising his talent well, neither batting not bowling.He should the bowling attack.Zaheer should be dropped from T20 because he doesn't has T20 talent.

  • NidheyaSuresh on April 27, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Virat...played like a true hero :)

  • on April 27, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Get Unmukt in the team ASAP. He is a unique talent and cannot e written off because Malinga and Warnie got the better of him in his first two outings.

  • on April 27, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Good to see arvind and mithun coming good. please give the bowlers the wickets to bowl on instead of flat tracks! zaheer was effective yesterday. every one knows that mithun bowled really well in srilanka, but was dropped with out a reason from the team. he is young, fast and will improve in the coming days. he was consistently bowling over 135kmph and at time he did touch 142kmph speeds. please RCB, get the bouncy tracks for the home game. vettori, u answered all those critics who were questioning your ability to lead a side from the front! kudos! all the best RCB, lets bring the trophy home this year! cheers

  • harsh.kataruka on April 27, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @Karthik: More like Irfan proves his worth. Totally agree with @meelyan, buying him was a big blunder, but continuously playing him and hoping he regains the swing and pace of 2003 is sheer wistful and ridiculous thinking. they hold have the guts to take the hard call of dropping him.

  • furkhanhaq on April 27, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Great WIn for RCB but they made a easy win into a last over win. Kholi or AB must stay till the end as leaving the chase to the tail can be risky.

  • Finn92 on April 27, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Pujara has looked good in the few tests he's played and his first class average is amazing but he looks totally clueless in Twenty20 format against decent bowling, he can't find boundaries and gets out to rash shots, he should be dropped along with Tiwary who is having a stinker compared to last year. Delhi will profit from changing captain, Viru is a world class player but a village captain, on the other hand who to give it to? Aravind, Mithun, Dinda and Yadav all were clocking 140+ and they look decent, you Indian's will need a new crop of quicks soon.

  • on April 27, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    RCB coming up strong....................

  • mssv_1988 on April 27, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Sehwag's captaincy.. He even had two slips in the 9th over.. He wanted to take wickets to win the game.. He brought morkel back immediately after warner direct hit and virat got out.. He brought him again at the right time n got saurabh and mithun out. He does not have the resources, that is the problem. Not his captaincy!

  • on April 27, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    RCB seems to have got back their winning habit. Looks like Gayle's entry has boosted their confidence. With ZAK slowly coming into his own, the bowling worry too seems to be fading. What RCB needs is a strong bowler to support ZAK. Arvind has been good, but Mithun has been aweful. Should serioulsy consider more overs to Gayle and Dilshan and thus drop Mithun and bring back Asad Pathan. He is a good hitter of the ball and can also turn his arm over. Well done, RCB. Best of luck. Virat was very special.

  • mdwasifimam on April 27, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    irfan pathan has talents but sehwag captaincy is not up to mark.He is utilising his talent well, neither batting not bowling.He should the bowling attack.Zaheer should be dropped from T20 because he doesn't has T20 talent.

  • NidheyaSuresh on April 27, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Virat...played like a true hero :)

  • on April 27, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Get Unmukt in the team ASAP. He is a unique talent and cannot e written off because Malinga and Warnie got the better of him in his first two outings.

  • on April 27, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Good to see arvind and mithun coming good. please give the bowlers the wickets to bowl on instead of flat tracks! zaheer was effective yesterday. every one knows that mithun bowled really well in srilanka, but was dropped with out a reason from the team. he is young, fast and will improve in the coming days. he was consistently bowling over 135kmph and at time he did touch 142kmph speeds. please RCB, get the bouncy tracks for the home game. vettori, u answered all those critics who were questioning your ability to lead a side from the front! kudos! all the best RCB, lets bring the trophy home this year! cheers

  • harsh.kataruka on April 27, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @Karthik: More like Irfan proves his worth. Totally agree with @meelyan, buying him was a big blunder, but continuously playing him and hoping he regains the swing and pace of 2003 is sheer wistful and ridiculous thinking. they hold have the guts to take the hard call of dropping him.

  • furkhanhaq on April 27, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Great WIn for RCB but they made a easy win into a last over win. Kholi or AB must stay till the end as leaving the chase to the tail can be risky.

  • on April 27, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Good win for RCB at the right time. They can build on from here.

  • Bhupi111 on April 27, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    i think irfan pathan career is finish now, it is good chance to comeback to Indian team but he is shown very poor performance, no good bolwing, not good feilding.many other blower is show good performance like Munaf,Praveen kumar,Zaheer khan, it is difficult to comeback indian team.

  • AABIRSABEEL on April 27, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Bangalore should replace Kaif with Pujara

  • AABIRSABEEL on April 27, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Bangalore should replace Kaif with Pujara

  • East_West on April 27, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    one thing is sure! Sehwag has NO CLUE about captaincy nor he utilizes his team to the fullest!! How come AARON FINCH is playing at wrong position??? How come he is NEVER FULLY utilized!! you are sending Aaron even after Venu???? Are you kidding?? Now this kid is dropped from someone else??? Anyday I would have preferred AARON and WARNER as OPENERS...Viru should swallow his false pride and let these guys open the game ---if Delhi really wants to get to decent points on the table!!! Viru can't play T20! He should learn from Yuvi..and even from Gauti!!!

  • espncric123 on April 27, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Good win for RCB at the right time. They can build on from here. They have a strong batting lineup and on a given day can chase any total. They still lack in bowling department. Zak has to hit back his form and other medium pacers must support him for their bowling to improve. Delhi, as Viru said are under pressure now. But are not too far away from other teams. If they can manage couple of back to back wins, they are in the hunt again. This IPL is proving very competitive this time and none of the teams are left far too behind at this stage and Net run rate is likely to decide who goes to next level.

  • on April 27, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Dilshan out 1st ball poor fellow is unable to concentrate. Ipl should have penalty when the stars fail after all they are paid heavily.

  • meelyan on April 27, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    When will delhi coaches realise irfan pathan is no more same.................you paid 1.9m ok now plz atleast have guts to drop him when he is doing nothing.... useless fielder, no worth batsman and bowler well lesser i talk better

  • on April 26, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Vettory is one of my favorite cricketer...

  • athentik on April 26, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    You guys can bet that here in the WI we are following Gayle and are totally loving his devastation.

    Waiting impatiently for the next RCB game.

  • NP_NY on April 26, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Vettori's batting skills are very underrated. This is a reminder that he can win matches with the bat too, not just with the ball. And what an impact Gayle is making already! Two matches, two wins, and RCB goes from 9th to 2nd. Thanks WICB :).

  • on April 26, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    vettori proved his worth.

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  • on April 26, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    vettori proved his worth.

  • NP_NY on April 26, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Vettori's batting skills are very underrated. This is a reminder that he can win matches with the bat too, not just with the ball. And what an impact Gayle is making already! Two matches, two wins, and RCB goes from 9th to 2nd. Thanks WICB :).

  • athentik on April 26, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    You guys can bet that here in the WI we are following Gayle and are totally loving his devastation.

    Waiting impatiently for the next RCB game.

  • on April 26, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Vettory is one of my favorite cricketer...

  • meelyan on April 27, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    When will delhi coaches realise irfan pathan is no more same.................you paid 1.9m ok now plz atleast have guts to drop him when he is doing nothing.... useless fielder, no worth batsman and bowler well lesser i talk better

  • on April 27, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Dilshan out 1st ball poor fellow is unable to concentrate. Ipl should have penalty when the stars fail after all they are paid heavily.

  • espncric123 on April 27, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Good win for RCB at the right time. They can build on from here. They have a strong batting lineup and on a given day can chase any total. They still lack in bowling department. Zak has to hit back his form and other medium pacers must support him for their bowling to improve. Delhi, as Viru said are under pressure now. But are not too far away from other teams. If they can manage couple of back to back wins, they are in the hunt again. This IPL is proving very competitive this time and none of the teams are left far too behind at this stage and Net run rate is likely to decide who goes to next level.

  • East_West on April 27, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    one thing is sure! Sehwag has NO CLUE about captaincy nor he utilizes his team to the fullest!! How come AARON FINCH is playing at wrong position??? How come he is NEVER FULLY utilized!! you are sending Aaron even after Venu???? Are you kidding?? Now this kid is dropped from someone else??? Anyday I would have preferred AARON and WARNER as OPENERS...Viru should swallow his false pride and let these guys open the game ---if Delhi really wants to get to decent points on the table!!! Viru can't play T20! He should learn from Yuvi..and even from Gauti!!!

  • AABIRSABEEL on April 27, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Bangalore should replace Kaif with Pujara

  • AABIRSABEEL on April 27, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Bangalore should replace Kaif with Pujara