Delhi v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Delhi May 10, 2013

Kohli, Unadkat help RCB keep pace


Royal Challengers Bangalore 183 for 4 (Kohli 99, de Villiers 32*) beat Delhi Daredevils 179 for 7 (Chand 41, Unadkat 5-25) by 4 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After 16 overs of their innings, Royal Challengers Bangalore were 106 for 3, and Virat Kohli was 47 off 43. When Kohli was run out while attempting the second off the last ball of the innings, he had reached 99 off 58, and Royal Challengers had finished on 183. Not many teams recover from such an onslaught. Delhi Daredevils tried hard to recover, but lost out to a limping Jaydev Unadkat's five-for and crashed to their 10th loss out of 13 matches. Royal Challengers moved to 16 points from 13 matches, staying in touch with the other three contenders for three open spots in the playoffs.

Those four overs, when Kohli and AB de Villiers hit six sixes and seven fours to loot 77 runs, took the game away from the hosts, but until then they had bowled pretty well on a slow surface. The same couldn't be said of their fielding and field placements. The fashionable wide slip, a simple drop by Virender Sehwag and a no-ball by inches all cost them wickets after they had got the better of Chris Gayle.

Finally given the first over the innings, Morne Morkel grew a leg and bowled fast, accurate and extracted movement. He had Kohli edging through even before he had scored, but had overstepped by an inch. Sehwag soon dropped Kohli when he was 14. However, despite those blemishes they kept the lid on until Kohli and de Villiers unleashed towards the end.

De Villers began the onslaught, attacking his South Africa team-mate and the best Daredevils bower, Morkel. With 18 runs off the 17th over, including a ramp over fine leg, de Villiers might just have freed Kohli up a bit too. He had been anchoring the innings until then, but he now got stuck into his India team-mate, Umesh Yadav. Twenty-four came off that over, and it only got worse for Daredevils.

Kohli didn't go crazy with the hitting, but with the strike staying with him, he trusted his trademark shots to punish Yadav some more in the final over of the innings. One of them was a four through wide long-on, and the other a drive through extra cover. He was now 86 with three balls to go. Then came two straight sixes. The run-out of the final ball kept the damage down to 23, but enough had been done.

Ravi Rampaul sconed Sehwag twice early in the second innings, and with Sehwag struggling Mahela Jayawardene fell in search of quick runs. Unadkat then took out the softened Sehwag with a slower ball, and Daredvils were 49 for 1 in the sixth over. Around those events, though, Unmukt Chand survived despite a loud edge through to the keeper, and Unadkat injured himself fielding in the deep.

With nothing to lose, Daredevils kept going after the total, and stayed in the hunt, but Unadkat once again split the game open when brought back in the 17th over. Daredevils were 129 for 4 then. Soon to be 133 for 6 by the end of that over.

It did become a bit interesting with slightly poor bowling over the next two overs, and even poorer umpiring. In the 19th over, Rampaul was no-balled with half his foot behind the line, and the third umpire didn't intervene. He got his own back with a dot-ball yorker, but conceded a six off the last ball, leaving Unadkat 18 to defend in the last over.

Both Morkel and Irfan Pathan hit him for a four each before Unadkat came back with a yorker to send back Morkel and seal the win.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    what sets Ab &Amla apart 4rm the rest of the guys is their consistency in ODI format,and remember consistency wins you more games than you lose

  • Rajan on May 11, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Lets not forget Umesh Yadav bowled 4 Perfect Yorkers in the super over vs RCB and that was against AB and Gayle

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Rcb win Well done kohli and abd

  • Jason on May 11, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @spot_on: You are trying to say Dhoni, Kohli are better than Amla, AB. But that's not the truth I beleive.The main reason behind this high 2nd innings averages is they played most of their matches in sub continent highways & with the assistance of dew.Even Chris Martin will average more than 40's if he get the chance to bat in those highways more often :)

  • Pradave on May 11, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Next few matches are really important to RCB and all the teams. So, nothing left to waste. I think RCB should think of Pujara. Of course he is a talented batsman. No doubt about that. But at least he has not played international ODIs. His strike rates and ability to make elevation over lines are not fit with T20 format. It is ok to face a certaiin amount of balls at the beginning but after facing 15-20 balls batsman can be able to clear the fences. We can't expect Gaylian innings from Pujara. But at least we should be able to see Rahane type innings from him. So, better to bench him and replace by a hitter or a useful bowler.

  • Praveen on May 11, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    In a nutshell. IPL lacks quality bowling !!!! I wonder what if these guys would do if they are up against bowlers of caliber like Waqar,Aamir,Akram,Lillee,Ambrose etc... Steyn and Co may be the best in business of modern day, but they'd never match the likes of the above mentioned..

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Yes, this is what I expected. Jaidev Unadkat was always an excellent bowler and plays better than RP Singh. He deserved a five-wicket haul for that effort. If Virat's attitude changes, he can become a very successful captain (forget about the talk about Sir Jadeja becoming the next captain). He can handle captaincy and batting at the same time. Sending Henriques up the order is a good plan. He can build his innings. Once he was dismissed, ABD did what he does best - pinch-hitting. He can also build an innings, but the entertainment and innovation will be missing. As for Gayle, a Gayle Storm or the Oppa Gangnam Style dance comes quite rarely these days. A Gayle Storm, AB's innovation and Virat's innings will always be the glimpse of RCB batting. If all of them fail, Pujara, Tiwary, Henriques, Arun Karthik and Rampaul can still make the total formidable, and the bowlers will defend it.

  • Srisha on May 11, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    RCB almost achieved another impossible defeat! Agree that not everything will be under the bowlers' control but this match became yet another learning opportunity for the young RCB captain. He played more than his part with the bat but once again found wanting when it came to easing to a win. He needs to show himself more involved (like Dravid & not like Gambhir) during the last 4-5 overs of defending the total. I feel he can add more value being closer to the bowler than moving like a hungry cheetah at the boundary - the skipper's role demands it. It's natural for a not-so-experienced bowler to panic towards the end if the opposition goes berserk. The captain needs to be there giving the bowler the confidence, bring in some serenity and also learn to slow things down a little bit which can go a long way in breaking the batsman's rhythm. Overall, a good win but could have been much more comfortable. The subdued celebration by the RCB was a clear indicator.

  • Praveen on May 11, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Best 2nd innings average in ODI career

    64.30 = Shane Watson, 55 ODIs, 5 century, 10 fifty, 1 duck. 56.50 = Michael Bevan, 112 ODIs, 3 century, 19 fifty, 2 ducks. 55.54 = Michael Clarke, 73 ODIs, 3 century, 16 fifty, 4 ducks. 50.92 = MS Dhoni, 95 ODIs, 2 century, 19 fifty, 3 ducks. 50.25 = Virat Kohli, 33 ODIs, 3 century, 10 fifty, 3 ducks. 50.00 = Mathew Hayden, 67 ODIs, 1 century, 20 fifty, 4 ducks.

    Nope ... I don't see a South African Amla or an AB or a West Indian Gayle here in the list.. It has a OZs and Indian Lads.. And to average above 50 in approximately 100 odd ODIs is not a lil' thing.. I'd rate Dhoni and Bevan, the most stubborn and effective players in the short format of the game.. IPL is just an entertainment... A movie which spans across a couple of months.. Simple as that...

  • Praveen on May 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Anybody, I mean anybody, at all, remember the so called Great Gayle and ABD chasing a decent total... Players who score in first innings don't impress me that much. I will rate Dhoni and Symonds far above these two !!! Just my 2 cents... SA is a team well known for its chasing abilities and choking, barring that 800+ game at the wanderers !!!