Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Bangalore

RCB choke, then win in Super Over

The Report by Sidharth Monga

April 16, 2013

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Delhi Daredevils 152 for 5 (Unadkat 2-24) tied with Royal Challengers Bangalore 152 for 7 (Kohli 65, de Villiers 39)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the Super Over


AB de Villiers hit two successive sixes off Umesh Yadav in the Super Over, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Bangalore, April 16, 2013
AB de Villiers' two sixes in the Super Over arrested an almighty choke © BCCI
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It was a match neither team seemed to want to win. Low on quality, it headed towards what looked like a natural result, a Royal Challengers Bangalore victory, for about 33 overs. Out of the other seven, two produced 30 runs for Delhi Daredevils at the end, two were a contest between Morne Morkel and Chris Gayle that the bowler won, and the other three featured an almighty choke from Royal Challengers that resulted in a tie despite a Ravi Rampaul six in the last over when they needed 12.

Umesh Yadav nearly won it for Delhi in the Super Over with four yorkers or near-yorkers at the top, which went for three runs, but he missed the length on the last two, and AB de Villiers deposited both of them over deep midwicket for sixes. Royal Challengers, nursing their demons of ties and close matches, called upon Rampaul, who has demons of his own in Super Overs, but he had also bowled a maiden and hit that six over extra cover when it seemed Royal Challengers had seen a ghost and forgotten how to bat.

Daredevils had a surprise in store too. Neither Virender Sehwag nor Mahela Jayawardene batted. David Warner found point first ball, and out came Irfan Pathan with two right gloves in hand. The glove changed, he picked up a length ball over square leg for four. Rampaul came back with a yorker, but Irfan pulled out an absolute rabbit by walking down to the fourth ball and ramping it over fine leg for a huge six.

With six required off the last two, Rampaul dished out a full toss, and got lucky. Irfan flicked it nicely, but found square leg. Six feet either side, and it would have been over. That bullet bitten, Rampaul bowled full and straight, and bowled out IPL debutant Ben Rohrer.

All this sporadic excitement, though, was like an old man out on a pacemaker at times. Except for a blinder of a return catch from R Vinay Kumar, that contest between Morkel and Gayle, and Rampaul's six, it was all curiously unspectacular. On a flat skiddy pitch with a quick small outfield around it, no Daredevils batsman reached 30, no Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler extracted disconcerting movement or extraordinary fortune, but somehow Daredevils remained subdued throughout their innings to end up with a paltry total by Bangalore standards. Most strikingly, Jayawardene scratched around for 28 off 31.

There was some spark to the Daredevils' start, but it was short-lived. Sehwag and Warner seemed to have set up a good base with 42 off the first five overs, but then Vinay plucked an unbelievable catch when Warner smashed one back at him. In the next over, Sehwag chipped a gentle loosener from Andrew McDonald straight to midwicket. Just like that, Daredevils found themselves in the jail, and couldn't find a way out.

Over after over of steady bowling went by, but Jayawardene could neither find his touch nor get out. Jaydev Unadkat then worked Manprit Juneja over with bouncers, and the latter was eventually caught back for a length ball and holed out to long-on. Rohrer then found deep midwicket with a long hop. Just like that, Daredevils found themselves in solitary confinement.

There were periods of mercy for Daredevils. Royal Challengers omitted to appeal on a run-out, gave one more last over to RP Singh, but Daredevils could still muster only 152.

Daredevils' bowling might not be the most rounded for Twenty20 environment, but it sure is exciting. The Powerplay of the chase was all drama. In the first over, Ashish Nehra was denied a plumb lbw of KL Rahul, but he came back to get him a second time and gave him a justified send-off.

At the other end, Morkel went hard at Gayle, bowling 145kmph and upwards and short of a length. Gayle was equal to it, putting behind the plays-and-misses, and hitting two sixes off Morkel. Eventually the bowler prevailed with a thick edge flying all the way to third man. That, though, was only a third of the work done for Daredevils.

Coming together at 26 for 2 in the fourth over, the other two-thirds turned it on, matching each other shot for shot before Kohli ran away with it when he targeted the left-arm spin of Shahbaz Nadeem in the middle overs. When Kolhi pulled a long hop from Irfan for four in the 14th over, he brought up yet another fifty, and also brought the asking rate down to a run a ball. And the two could have strolled the rest of the way through.

When de Villiers was run out at the end of the 16th over, Royal Challengers needed 24 off 24 with seven wickets in hand. Daredevils didn't do anything spectacular after that, just held their catches and saw Royal Challengers implode. McDonald chipped one back to Nadeem. Arun Karthik ran himself out when he didn't want to take the third off the last ball of the 18th over because that would mean Kohli would be off strike at the start of the next over. Kohli disagreed.

At any rate, Kohli didn't have the strike, and J Syed Mohammad lobbed one straight to long-on. Kohli drove the next ball inside-out, and found Jayawardene. It was 15 off eight now. Irfan, though, began the next over with a wide half-volley, which Rampaul picked the bones out of. Irfan came back well in the rest of the over, and then almost got his own back at Rampaul in the Super Over, but after a twist or two the match did reach its natural conclusion.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by harshthakor on (April 18, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

Instead of cruising home Bangalore almost snatched defeat from the jaws of certain victory.Devilliers run out and the subsequent collapse revealed the low standard of cricket in this tournament which is more or less at the county cricket level.In an international game 99 times out of hundred with only 24 to get of 25 balls with 8 wickets in hand a team would have cruised home.

True the game had the turn of an enthralling climax like a sensational twist in a great epic but it makes me question whether such cricket is really promoting the game.For sheer entertainment are we sacrificing the glorious game of cricket?

It is very rare when on the same day you see two matches where history virtually repeated itself.-like seeing 2 Hollywood thrillers with sensational climaxes on the same day.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

well i just can't understand some of the weird comments posted did DD lose b'cauz of YADAV or PATHAN , for all those people if u knw the real meaning of cricket it was b'cauz of YADAV and PATHAN the match went on to super over and also the runs scored in those over was by pathan thn hw can u people blame them

Posted by British_North_America on (April 17, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

siri12345 Delhi is playing with the same bowling line up as last year.And Jayawardene's job is not only captaincy but also batting.

Posted by bijuphilip on (April 17, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

I am really upset why Pujara doesn't get any chance to play ,this IPL doesn't serve the purpose,all these old horsees are running around and young talents didn't get a chance to show their talents.

Pujara,Prasanth paramasewran and Thivary even rahul didn't get any chances

Why RP sing is playing?,why Daniel christian is even in the team? Why Muralitharan is in the team?

Why Ricky pointing is in the team?Why adam gilchrist is in the team?Mike hussey and david hussey not even playing in their country. Azar mohammood is old. Even forigeniers should be young and current players. Not the old one who got ritered Please share your thoughts Sachin babay,Sanju vsamson Pujara,Thivary,S.S Das, all those players should get their chances Ajith Agarkar,Balaji all those players should n't be considered. Where is Varun aron?

Just because some one from australia doesn't mean they do great.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Irfan should have run the non-striker out in the last ball,as he had warned him the previous delivery which he had not bowled.Instead he bowled the last ball and the nonstriker must have been off before he delivered the ball as he reached the strikers end very early after the keeper fumbled with the ball to effect the run out.It would have been DD WIN ,which they missed out in the Super over.

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 17, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

@siri12345: Yeah we did see how your Angelo Mathews is helping Pune. The only way he can push Pune into the top 4 is by not making himself a part of the final XI. I think it is high time I tell you the truth about Angelo - he is a mediocre bowler and an average and selfish batsman who fails in all crunch situations. We all saw how Angelo contributed in the WT20 Final vs WI, he gave ample proof of his abilities there. All the world knows that Angelo is a very limited player, it is only SL fans like you who refuse to accept the truth and see him as a savior.

As for Sanga, Sunrisers too would do a lot better in his absence. Anyone in that team will make a better captain than Sanga - Even Ishant Sharma adds more to the team than Sanga who looks hopeless in this format as a batsman and clueless as a captain.

Posted by dariuscorny on (April 17, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

people who think Yadav was the wong choice for super over or criticize him for last two short balls,guys Yadav was DDs best bowler so he became automatic choice and people shud not forget that first 4 balls were on target,and yes 16 target is not mammoth in t20s when you have warner,sehwag(dont know why he wasnt featuring in SO),shown by Pathan he hit 10 runs of two consecutive balls.its DD batsmen who are letting them down not the bowlers,i feel they still hv one of the best attacks in IPL.Yadav you bowled well.........

Posted by SherjilIslam on (April 17, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Posted by siri12345 on (April 17, 2013, 8:04 GMT): You need to check the scorecard once again mate.Delhi Posted just 152 in a batting pitch where experts say even 180 is not sufficient against the likes of Gayle, Kohli and ABD.The Delhi bowlers did extremely well to stretch the match to super over.The last two balls bowled by Umesh Yadav in the super over actually made the difference, but having said that, still 16 in an over is achievable in T-20s. Where was Mahela, when he needed to show the guts and lead from the front in super over??? he chooses the IPL debutant to chase the stiff target???Common mate, accept it, Mahela is poor captain, and doesn't have the guts to lead from the front.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (April 17, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

@ siri12345

Man ! Please care to have a look at yesterday's match score-card. Yadav, Nehra and Nadeem have way better bowling figures than Morkel. It is the FLOP batting that has been DD's serious problem. DD's Indian bowlers are doing decent job. It is the poor batting of Jayawardene/ Viru/ Warner and Jaya's wrong team selection that is costing DD matches. Problem with DD is they have very limited resources in terms of overseas batsmen.

Chand should be in playing XI st. away. In 1st and 3rd match, Chand played, he got unlucky as in 1st one, he got really good ball, In 3rd Potning pulled off an unbelievable catch. In 2nd one, he scored quick 23. He should be in team. And Kedar Jadhav should bat up the order.

And FYI, Sanga and Matthews have not contributed to their team's success yet.

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (April 17, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

@Harmony excellent point mate, Pathan did a splendid job of defending 5 runs with his 5 balls in the last over. He also took the wicket of in-form Virat Kohli. The way Yadav had bowled yesterday, it was natural for Mahela to pick him for the super over though he could have gone with the Morkel also as he has more experience. But Yadav was their most economical bowler. I can't see how some people are blaming Mahela here for that decesion, wonder what they could have done!!

@Orangtan you are right, Kohli's demeanor has been disgusting to watch so far. The way he reacted to Gambhir in his earlier match after getting out was the most appalling, Gambhir is 7-8 years senior to him. Also, Kohli has yet to prove himself in the test arena for him to be called as a good batsman. He was a failure outside in our earlier overseas season and even in the home series against AUs and Eng his contribution was hardly any difference making as a batsman.

Posted by orangtan on (April 17, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Forget the result, concentrate on Virat Kohli's execrable behaviour each time he gets out. Passion is one thing, anger boiling over is something else, and Kohli is setting a very poor example for youngsters by his insane antics and verbal fulminations each time he is dismissed. Will the IPL have the guts to discipline him? As to whether he is a class act, or just a flat-track bully, let's wait for the tour of South Africa which is not too far away.

Posted by siri12345 on (April 17, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

@to all the indian fans who here are complaining about srilankan captain,guys just a one thing.u like it or not ,two out of three srilankan captain i.e sanga and matthews are definitely (instead they will be the first two teams ) to guide their teams to knock out .only mahela will be unable to do so only because of overrated indian fast bowlers .i dont think any captain in the world can make delhi win the way overrated indian fast bowlers in delhi,s team r bowling.so looking forward to a sunriser pune warriors final.infact today,s match can be levelled as final be4 the final.cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

the better team won.. it is as simple as that. It doesnt matter who did what or if Mahela brought them to a super over or anything, fact is DD have been performing below their potential and RCB on the other hand are riding a very good wave with most of their players at their fullest potential. DD i am sorry to say are not seeming like a team in form or in unison. Thats just my opinion

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 17, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

A simple question to all those arm chair critics here who are blaming Yadav for bowling two short balls in the super over --- Do you realize that may be Yadav thought ABD would try some fancy shot by moving towards the leg side or the off side or try some reverse sweep? Maybe it was a case of he trying to predict what ABD would've done but ABD negated that by playing normally. I for one was fully anticipating at least one reverse shot by ABD which he did not.

Cricket is not all that simple a game. It is like chess at times and at times it is like rugby. It is a team game yet it is often between individuals - Bowler vs Batsman and Batsman vs Fielder.

As for Pathan's failure to defend 12 runs in the final over, did anyone really see the 6 Rampaul hit off Pathan? That was an incredible shot. It was a super flat 6 over cover. It was not due to a bad ball at all but due to a great shot. Also remember the fumble DD's keeper did on the final ball else RCB would've lost by 1 run.

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (April 17, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

There are T20 leagues all over the world but what makes IPL different is the intensity of the competition, the claiber and competitiveness of each team. Yes, somebody won, somebody lost, somebody bowled a Super Over, etc etc - if one looks at the body language of the players before, during and after the match, it tells us why IPL scores over all other leagues. IPL as a whole is maturing and the weaker teams are getting better every year, making the difference between any two teams almost zero. DD may have lost, but no one can take the last placed team for granted. Thanks DD for the fightback and thanks to both teams for giving us another Super Over.

Posted by soumyas on (April 17, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

End of over 16, RCB 129/3 (24 runs required from 24 balls)... 17th over was 1 wicket 1 run by Nadeem...Kohli was in prime form and a set batsman blocked 3-4 balls of his over, Nadeem was not bowling like Sunil narien, they weren't unplayable deliveries....Kohli who has already hit 6 of nadeem earlier could have done the same thing in this over... instead he chose to block him.... then pressure mounted and 23 required of 18 balls, wickets started to fall...Also in 18 th over Arun Kartik lacked in common sense of running as many, in fact they weren't running the first run fast enough thinking it was a boundary, also he responded to kohli late for the 3rd run... Again Rampaul when 2 runs needed of 2 balls, went on to slog and missed... instead they cud have done what they have done on last ball...just ensure 1 run scored of that ball, making it 1 run needed from 1 ball...But luckily ABD saved them in Super over.

Posted by spant on (April 17, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

criterion for man of the match appears to be absurd. Virat Kohli, though played a wonderful innings but he failed at the crunch time! Whereas it was Rampaul, who was instrumental in getting 11 runs in last over and subsequently bold that nice super over, which took RCB home!! The main man of the match was Rampaul followed by Devilliers!!! Virat in spite of a very good innings, never deserved man of the match award especially in this match!!!!!

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (April 17, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

I can't believe the insanity prevailing here. So many posters blaming Mahela and Yadav for the loss!!! Mahela has been mediocre with the bat so far, but he has done an ok job as captain. Yadav had gone for just 22 in his 4 overs over Morkel, who is a much better and experienced bowler than him but in this match he had gone for 8 runs an over leaking 32 in his 4 overs. Thats why Yadav was given to bowl the super over as he was their most economical bowler. Even in the super over, he started well with just 3 runs from his 4 balls when ABD and Gayle were looking to hit his every ball. Remember even the world's best bowler Steyn also went for 15 in his super over against RCB not very long ago.

Also, giving the last over to Pathan was not a bad move at all. RCB needed 12 runs in the final over with Virat Kohli also batting. The first ball went for a 6, but you have to give credit to Pathan for bouncing back- he took the wicket of Kohli and draw the match.

Posted by mjrvasu on (April 17, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Mahela missed a critical point after 4 deliveries of Umesh Yadav. Most bowlers get carried away when the first half of their over goes unpunished, and try something different. MJ should have walked across to UY and spoken to him to keep the focus, and the length with pace variation as well. It was so silly to have bowled shortish deliveries of ball 5 and 6, and lost the initiative in the super over. And the bad captaincy continued in the batting. With Virendar Sehwag in the side, who else to look for to bat the one over? Such a blunder! If this is the brain power of the Delhi Daredevils team management, the do deserve to lose their matches one after another.

Posted by DKGP on (April 17, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

This IPL has shown why the 140-160 games are more attractive than the 200 ones. Even in worst cases, the chasing team will almost always have a target of about 40 runs from the last three 2-3 overs. And then quite a few mishits and big heaves will get them to about 10-15 runs from the last over which is always gettable by T20 standards. I guess this is what the T20 governing bodies should look at. They should be encouraging all teams to have 140-160 tracks at their home grounds so that there is almost everything on display.. a few good bowling spells, good stroke making, heaving, scrapping, close in fields resulting in sharp fielding efforts etc

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

We cant blame yadav here, Its always difficult to bowl to a batsman like AB. Remember the hammering he gave to steyn in last years IPL. I think that might be one reason why mahela gave the ball to yadav, Because AB knows Morkels bowling very well. Also Umesh Umesh was bowling well in this match.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (April 17, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

The biggest dissapointment to me was the poor field setting by Mahela.The Kohli-ABD pair took around 10 two's without even taking any substantial risk.All these two's came from the same area (in & around square leg region). Another shocker was sending Ben Roehrer in the Super-over.Being the leader, Mahela should have come in the super over and led from the front.

Posted by class9ryan on (April 17, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Everyone of you, let me clear it to all of you - SAURABH TIWARY is injured. RCB have 11 players on injured list of which only one of them Muralitharan will be recovering in less than a week. Tiwary is not gonna be fit before Pujara is. RCB squad is being expected to be in full strength not before May.

Posted by soumyas on (April 17, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

@Badi_AAG, Sehwag is not in good form, not confident enough, might have stepped back from super over. Mahela himself isn't a big hitter of the ball, he is a classic batsman.. So mahela sent their best HITTERS available, indeed they were clean hitters but chances of getting out is also more, pathan almost won it for them...Also credit should go to Umesh yadav who bowled really well to keep Gayle tied, first 4 balls went just for 3 runs, but last 2 balls ABD who made it look easy was awesome. You can't bowl ABD and keep him under control. He is capable of hitting any ball to SIX. he makes those deep movements in crease to get below the ball.

Posted by Narbavi on (April 17, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

@Mihil Ranathunga: Wow finally someone from srilanka has posted a nice and a true comment!!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

A.B is Awesome.any captain in this world would like to hav A.B Devilliers as his key batsmen.R.C.B would retain Gayle,A.B,& Kohli for the next season.and bring in some hard hitting middle order allrounder like David Wiese of S.A.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

Its entirely wrong to blame Mahela for the loss. Delhi didn;t won because RCB played much better then Delhi. Doubting his commitment level for the team is totally wrong and disgusting. He is a professional cricketer and he is committed to the game. Delhi's batting line up is really weak and that weakness is showing up in the field.

Posted by Badi_AAG on (April 17, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Will somebody please tell me, why Sehwag or J'wardene did not come out in the superover?

Posted by kevepere on (April 17, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Sanga and Mahela are great captains. But both are not upto the mark. One team does not have much Local talent and the other got some Local talent who are NOT in FORM. eg: Nehra, Pathan , Sehwag could contribute more. DD's warner is not firing enough. The Lack of a good spinner in the side. But Mathews , yes he is young but Pune got one of the best t20 players lot and they should come up front . I wish Pune was led by Sanga or Mahela. SRH led by Mathews hahaaaa

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

To all SL fans who are against IPL and don't like seeing our players play mind your own business. I want to see my players playing in IPL and i think this was the best ipl ever. Our players might be out of form but as a unit they are best in the business. The thing about ipl is it doesn't value T20 talent as much as the brand value of players. I think jeewan mendis, kusal perera are better t20 players than Sanga and Mathews but still they go with them. Please stop giving tantrums indian fans no one want to see unknown bunch of local players playing in IPL, but talented superstars fight for the top spot.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Yesterday I enjoyed this match just feel wow, what a match it was! Enjoyed Kholi captaincy knock huge his speed activities turn me pleased. When last over come I believe it that Kholi team can win this match 12 from 6 Balls it's not hard job at all for Rampal, but finally it's tied.

Moreover in super over Rampal was awesome confident player I thought his delivery and movement was outstanding to ensure yesterday super over match win. Irfan also carry out his dream to fight against Kholi team.

Enjoyed a lot and feel lucky cause very few match come in this unbelievable situation to end match.

Congrats - Kholi's Team.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (April 17, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

To all SL Fans, u guys keep giving ur biased views about IPL. No one can stop that. Atleast be gratefull to the IPL that there are 3 SL Captains. Most from any foreign nation. Other commenters do not say that a game is lost due to Indian Players but u SL Fans keep saying that. That's how biased u are. Hyderabad is weakest on paper because there is no specialist indian player in it. But see how Sanga manages his team and no wonder they are in top 4 now. Hyd has weaker Indians than Pune and Delhi. Then why are these 2 teams at the bottom half? This is why captaincy matters a lot. A good captain can even make an average team start winning matches against good teams. SL Fans if you are so much against Indian Players, then create your own league and pick who ever u want in it. Cricinfo Pls Publish!!

Posted by elgenioroshan on (April 17, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

@siri12345 - I guess I know why u srilankans are so much against indian players because you guys are not allowed to play in Chennai. All of you are going bamboozled that indian players are not supporting SL captains. Then please tell me that why are teams who do not have SL captains are performing so well. And ur talking about manish pandey who is the first Indian to hit a 100 in IPL when he was playing for RCB. He came in the 17th over of the match u r talking about and expect him to start hitting sixes directly? He is not a power hitter. Stop being biased and give credit to people who deserved. Let me tell you it wasn't cuz of mahela yesterday's match went to superover. It was Yadav's,Morkel's,Pathan's bowling that took the game to superover. Give credit to pathan the way he came back after that first ball 6. And DD made a fight of the superover only cuz f pathan. Sanga has a weak team but marshalled his troops well, mahela has gr8 team but see where he stands. Cricinfo plz publish!

Posted by Narbavi on (April 17, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

@siri12345: Just shows how much you have analyzed the game, pune won because of the absence of matthews last game because of the simple fact that the player who replaced him played a gem of an innings and fielded brilliantly and won the game for his team also winning the man of the match, easy logic this is!! But i still believe Matthews should play atleast a few more games!!

Posted by Narbavi on (April 17, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Any captain on earth would have given the ball to Morkel in a super over situation, so your argument is invalid!! As usual you are coming over here and crying for no reason at all, DD lost due to a combination of poor batting in the first place, their choice of players for the super over was very much questionable!!

Posted by siri12345 on (April 17, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

it feels really funny how some of the guys are blaming mahela for delhi,s loss.guys only because of mahela the match went into the super over or who wouldnot have chased some 25 runs from 25 balls with 8 wickets in hand.and guys plz pune won because matthews was dropped ???lol.pune won because of the excellent batting from aaron finch and steven smith.we also saw in that match how badly pune missed matthews during the last 5 overs of batting where indian guys like manish pandey tried desparately hard to loose the game.and wat is ross taylor doing in the team???angelo is atleast bowling 4 overs with not more than 25 runs average.the truth fact is that all the srilankan captains are very badly let down by the indian players in the team.for ex look at parthiv patel and robin utthapa .cricinfoplz publish.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (April 17, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Good on mahela on having faith in the young fast bowler, AB knows Morne wery well (remember steyn last year)

Posted by anupkeni on (April 17, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2013/engine/current/match/598017.html

*Super Over details *Royal Challengers Bangalore innings R B 4 6 *CH Gayle not out 2 2 0 0

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 17, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

@recycle-bin-is-empty: I don't think that will ever happen. Remember that teams can retain a certain number of players ?? I think most teams by now would have identified their respective FRANCHISE players. For example, Chennai will never let go of Albie, Dhoni, Raina, and Hussey come what may. The same applies to RCB who will hold on to Kohli, Gayle, and AB. Perhaps some of the other teams may like a good shuffle of talent across. That would be truly the case with Hyderabad Sunrisers, who have next to zero talent apart from Sangakkara and Steyn.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 17, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

@baseball-sucks: It is obvious you are a Sri Lankan with a biased view of the IPL. You are always there to brush aside the individual mediocrity of some of your players in this tournament. Look at what Mahela, Sangakkara, and Mathews have done to their teams. They have not only performed poorly, they have also led their sides poorly. It is time you remove your biased hat, and look at the IPL from a different perspective. Nobody here says the Indian players in DD are world class. We are simply saying that Mahela is also responsible for Delhi's poor showing so far this season. After all isn't he the captain ? If all the successes allude to him, then so should the failures. It's not as if only DD's Indian bowlers got hammered. Look at poor Morne Morkel, supposedly the second best bowler in the world getting spanked by Kohli and co. It all comes down to poor team culture, negativity and lack of self-confidence in the Delhi camp. Which is why they are 0-5 with 11 games to go.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 1:56 GMT)

It would be wonderful if the IPL teams allow the Trinidadians to play for their home team. They could win the champion's league if they do. They have Ravi Rampaul, Kevin Cooper, Sunil Narine, Pollard and Bravo all playing in the IPL and is on top of their game. They also have some great players in Trinidad just waiting to make their name.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

Great to see Ravi fit and in good shape. The best I have seen him in years. He even looks younger. like when he just started to play. I am one of Rampaul's biggest fan but I would not have given him the super over to bowl. He proved me wrong this time but Kohli had no choice he was the best bowler for RBC on the day. The man from Chorro's track record for final overs is very poor. But this is a new chapter in his life and I wish him all the best. Go Ravi!!! I will always support you. Keep fit and you will finally earn some money from cricket.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

@ravikini While I agree with you comment about RCB needing to strengthen their batting lineup(i.e. a good partner while the Gaylestorm rages), I don't think we need to hit the panic button yet. I feel like its the bowlers that need more encouragement and/or tweaking...the two games that RCB lost was ones that we should have won, if not for silly mistakes by the bowlers! Afterall, it is going to be very very rare for all three pillars of RCB(Gayle, Kohli, ABD) to fail simultaneously, so I think the bowling department needs better scrutiny. While RCB bowlers have been much much better than last year, they still have a lot to improve!

More than Saurabh tho, they need to get Pujara in the lineup! Take away Agarwal/Rahul and get pujara to open with gayle! Pujara showed that he has both the temperment and the shot selection required for T20 in the last innings of the last Test match against the australians! Pujara as a batsmen is loads better than Saurabh! here's hoping RCB WINS!!

Posted by trilok007 on (April 17, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

Virat Kohli still has to mature a lot as a captain. Showing anger at Karthik who was thinking rightly, giving last over to R. P. Singh when he is leaking runs. He has to learn or atleast to discuss with senior players. RCB will have a tough time competing.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

First six players have to fire always. You may fail. But you should not stop playing positively. Not always all the six players fail. This is the mantra. In case of RCB only top 3 fires. If they fail, they fail because no body is there to back up.

Posted by FoollyFedUp on (April 17, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

DD is out for all practical purposes. Now they need to play spoiler for the other teams. Nothing to lose. Go for some seriously fearless stuff and spoil some spurious reputations in other teams.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (April 17, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

@ThyrSaadam : Have to agree. Rampaul was my MoM. Kohli did bat well. But Rampaul swung it around twice. One just has to see what KKR failed to do in its last over - get 11 runs. Kohli is meanwhile losing it. Cricket is a team game. Imagine if all 11 RCB players started acting emotional like Kohli. He does not deserve the Indian captaincy - nor does the other serial offender - Gambhir.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (April 17, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks - Ur seriously taking this loss very personally. U desperately expected a win but need to put the blame on someone. So how about the mediocre indian bowlers right? If Yadav had gone for just 1 six in that superover, then u wudnt have spoken much. Im telling u again give that guy credit for bowling 4 awesome Yorkers straight. If Morkel had bowled the superover, there was no guarantee he would be spared. Since Morkel started bowling his economy is greater than 7.5 in every match. In this match Umesh had a better economy than Morkel that's why the team decided Umesh to bowl that over. It wasn't a bad thing for the first 4 deliveries. 15 in a superover is very good for the fielding side. Their batsmen should scored 16 runs. Even today's best fast bowler Steyn got hit for 15 runs in the previous superover. So will u say he is a mediocre bowler? Umesh and Pathan both did their job. So give them credit. And mahela captained well only he needs to get some runs.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 16, 2013, 23:56 GMT)

RCB please stop playing Mcdonal and Christin give BARNWELL a shot he is far more exciting and will be a greater all round asset to the side !

Posted by jackthelad on (April 16, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

Absolutely right - that was Mahela's problem, he seemed unable to find form or get out. Then again, he wasn't the only underachiever by a long way. There were occasional possibilities of fireworks, but they didn't come off, or at least not to the extent required. Altogether, not a good advertisement for the IPL.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

DD had a second chance in the Super over and they messed it up by player selection in both bowling and batting. RCB is delivering on thriller after another. Foreign captains are beating one another in flopping at batting.

Posted by Nampally on (April 16, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

From being on the verge of their first win, DD let the game slip off their hands. Even the game tying run by RCB was a stroke of luck- a bye when the ball was in the hands of the WK! The super over was well bowled by Yadev except the last 2 balls which went for Sixers. Yadev needed Yorkers NOT short hittable balls to AS de Velliers. However a bigger blunder was again jaya's mistake. He opened the innings with Warner & unknown Rohner(?). Jaya's captaincy & team selection in all 5 gamed they played was poor. But this topped it all. Why on the earth Sehwag not open? Was he injured? He is the most feared batsman in Cricket. No wonder DD is still without a win. Agarkar does not get in the side whilst Nehra keeps getting too many chances. Morkel, Yadev & Agarkar are the 3 best Seamers. Nadeem is one of the best spinners. DD is too talented a team to lose 5 in a row!

Posted by AneYako on (April 16, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

@sweet2hrme: You make it sound as if there's a big difference with the new ball in the hands of Pathan vs Nehra. Both are mediocre bowlers. But that's the options he have. It also sounds as if you didn't see the fact that Nehra actually managed to have an impact early in the spell. The issue here is not with the strategy but with the players not actually playing well! A great strategy is what took the game to the super over + some luck despite mediocre bowling attack (helped by poor shot selection by RCB who made it too hard on themselves). Blaming the captain is an easy way out but it won't change reality. DD needs some good bowlers as the indian bowling attack is sub-par so far. oh and Sanga is actually lucky, his team has great balance and consistent performers, with the bat AND the ball. If Mahela had a bowler who could actually put some pressure in the middle, you can bet he would use him..sadly he doesn't. DD team as a whole is pretty poor

Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

How about considering number of wickets fallen before going to Super Over.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 16, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

@NP_NY ; These are league teams. There are too many people to give their opinions on these matters. Don't you get it ? Did you listen what Mahela said at the presentation ceremony ? If you did , you'd understand how all the decisions had been taken. Do you honestly believe that a world class skipper like Mahela would send Jadav instead of Morkel if it was his sole decision?? C'mon buddy.. :)

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 16, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

I guess Kohli's frequent outbursts in this IPL irk a lot of people. The only time he has irked me was when he was seen saying "CKP" after Karthik's runout. One should not abuse one own player when the match is still on. Dressing room lectures are all fine and sometimes essential but on the ground abusing the other team's player is ok but not your own player. It looked so bad cos Karthik was not too wrong in his thinking.

Anyways, I think we should not make too much of Kohli's anger. When one is competitive then such things happen. Its only in India that we do not play with that instinct. We have seen Srinath getting worried and asking Ponting after hitting him with a bouncer only to be rudely replied by Ricky. Another team's fast bowler would have relished the sight of blood and rubbed it in further.

Kohli's anger also should make us realize just how special a player MSD is. He is god-like in chasing and monk-like in pressure. VK's temperament is natural while MSD's is special.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 16, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

Juneja is batting at 3! What is his role ?? His technique is poor.. He cannt hit.. I can see bt u cant.. What is ur team mgmt doing..!

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 16, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

@yaneyako: A gud captain knows his resources very well. Why Nehra is bowling with new ball. Instead of Nehra pathan can be used! A gud captain always take 100% from each n every player! If we r batting first thn our target shld be minimum 160! Bt how ?? Make some strategy.. No matter if we bold out by doing so.. Instruction shld be very much clear play positive n aggresive! Try to score 8 runs per ovr or more. If u cant score get out n give othr to chance.. See the captaincy of sanga, he has very limited resources bt how well he is using it...

Posted by NP_NY on (April 16, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: You're taking this too personally pal. No one is saying the Indian players in DD are doing well. I did say the whole team is under-performing. But so is Mahela. You just seem to be in denial about that (speaking of blind!). He can't send Rohrer in for the super-over. It was his first match and he doesn't know Indian conditions that well. It should have been Viru or Mahela. Likewise why Umesh Yadav when he had Morkel?! These are terrible decisions from a captain who hasn't been performing with the bat either.

Posted by NP_NY on (April 16, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

@Rally_Windies: LOL, it did look like both teams were trying to lose. On a serious note, I think Kohli is putting himself and the whole team under a lot of pressure by losing his composure all the time. I love Kohli as a batsman but I think AB would make a better captain.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

this match was horrible rly DD owner must be like we won the group stage last year but this year we r going to be last place!

Posted by sonu77 on (April 16, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

@Akhilesh Mishra: Please name a local player to lead Pune except Yuvi..Bcoz he is refusing to lead the franchise..I don't think Uthappa is the star performer for Pune at the moment :)

Posted by sonu77 on (April 16, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

Seems like both RCB & KKR are champions only at home.Both teams will struggle to make it into the playoffs unless they sort out their low middle order problems. Mumbai & Rajasthan are far superior than this home bullies.Kohli should learn how to control his anger.His main target should be his team's glory.Not the 'orange cap'.

Posted by NikDawg on (April 16, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Kholi is a class batsmen, but he is not captaincy material. He is the opposite of Dhoni when it comes to maintaining ones composure. Hope the selectors take note of this.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

The classification of the match as mediocre is a bit much. If anything, Kohli/AB's batting in the middle overs showed how to pace a chase and run brilliantly between wickets - just ironic that it had to end in a run-out that was a momentary lapse of judgement.True that RCB imploded a bit, but that's what the format does to teams. That's what makes it fun for the cricketing "non-pundits" to watch. The key turning point, which was Arun K's run-out was possible only because Irfan had the heart to chase the ball down, stop it inches before the boundary and effect a throw. Yes, all the experts will say this was normal, but these small efforts add to the result finally. Mahela's captaincy was inexplicable at times - held Morne back, did not dare bowl him for one more around the 8th over - he did not come in himself/send Viru out to bat. Not to speak of the fact that he has been spectacularly non-performing himself. Would rather take a mercurial, ill-tempered Kohli who leads from the front.

Posted by AneYako on (April 16, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

@Sweet2hrme: What choice did he have? RCB was cruising and none of the bowlers were doing a good job. He 'had' to use Morkel and his 4 overs due to this. A great captain can only do so much with a team like this

Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

I think srilankan players are not performing well except Malinga and Seenaike

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 16, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

DD actually won the contest ---

because both teams were trying to lose .... so DD won the battle to lose ....

RCB fought valiantly but were not bad enough to lose ....

Excellent show of how NOT to win by DD ....

They could not have lost any better than they did.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (April 16, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Which cricket legend at the end of his career is struggling the most to keep up with the youngsters in T20: Ponting, Sanga, Mahela, Sachin or Gilly? Discuss.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Oveseas captains have been found wanting in their primary role as a batsman/allrounder in the first 2 weeks of action..case in point being the continued failure of gilchrist/sangakkara/ponting/mathews n scratchy performance of jayawardena..captaincy has been poor(mathews) to at best mediocre in case of others..someone like a mathews as captain means other overseas talent is regularly denied a place in the team..

on the other hand all the Indian captains have been the star performers for their teams and apart from kohli(only as a captain) have displayed their captaincy skills to the fore..kohli needs time to mature and is in urgent need of advice to develop a cool n calm mind to excel in his role as a captain

waiting for sehwag/taylor/yuvraj to set alight the league with their fireworks,,

Posted by elgenioroshan on (April 16, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

@baseball-sucks : "these kinda players"? Its the same team tht got DD on top last year with pieterson. U r blaming the indian bowlers. Even Morkel went for 2 sixes of gayle which were length deliveries and not pressure situations. It is very difficult to bowl all 6 balls in the blockhole at the end. Yadav bowled 4 Yorkers in the superover. Give him some credit. Many bowlers except malinga can bowl only 2 or 3 Yorkers in an over. And also since ur behind all indian bowlers, pathan bowled just 1 bad delivery in the last over. He was spot on after that. Also it was pathan that gave dd some hope to score of the final ball of superover. He did his job. You cant expect him to score all 15 runs. The specialist batsmen are for that. Give these guys some credit. Also u said "tailenders went on to hit sixes to pathan". It is not plural, just 1 SIX in the last over. The remaining were hit by 2 of the best t20 batsmen. Get ur facts right. I am a RCB Fan but credit should be given where it is du

Posted by sameer_warun on (April 16, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Ha ha haa, people shouldn't you here that @ the presentation mahela said? that decision to give super over to yadav is not his one, definitely it should go to morkell. Ok Viru can't bat in the super over because he didn't filed, SUPPER CAPTAINCY from mahela, RCB crossing to the win, they should have won it 1 over to spare but mahela tighten squeeze, that how should game goes ! cricket is a funny game ! not a war ! leave out your worries !

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 16, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@NP_NY ; Mahela took the best outta the team n brought the match to the super over. What else you want him to do ? BOWL THE SUPER OVER ????? why are you guys so blind by "god knows what"..

Posted by Affan1984 on (April 16, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Did u forgot the first edition of IPL? Warnie led a team of unknown boys no one knew and they went on to lift the cup. Remember! That was the magic of Warne's excellency as a captain.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 16, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

@sweet2hrme ; Then who if it wasn't Pathan ?? Did you want Pathan to bowl 19th over, so Kohli could finish the game with one over to spare ??? Pls stop posting senseless comments..

Posted by pull_shot on (April 16, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

@ bro same in case of rcb bowlers also they have all indian seamers expect rampaul so stop excuses. Thats what captaincy means no way pathan should be used in last overs that was big mistake. Mahale is below ordinary as a captain and as a player as well.before criticizing indian fast bowlers u got only malinga at best expect some times kulasekara every one have seen there talent

Posted by SurlyCynic on (April 16, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

'Low on quality'??? Sorry, but any match where I get to watch AB and Kohli bat together is not low on quality for me. Sure, both sides choked at different moments, but those two batsman are the best quality in the IPL.

Posted by NP_NY on (April 16, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Very biased views again from you. Agreed that the captain can't be fully responsible for an under-performing team, but it it is his JOB to get the best out of them. Most teams that are doing well have captains that lead by example (except Ponting and Mahela). I feel sorry for Mahela because he is a good guy, but his performance as a player and captain has been nothing to write home about. Another SL captain who hasn't been doing well - Angelo. The one game he sat out, Warriors beat one of the best teams in the league(CSK)!

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (April 16, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

@AneYako I think Umesh Yadav was the best bowler for DD, he bowled 4 excellent overs with an economy of just 5.5. That was the reason why he was given the super over but got smoked by ABD in the last 2 balls. Nonetheless, he will gain a lot of experience as he has hardly any in situations like these.

On another note, South African and West Indians are the best overseas players this season in ipl by far. No doubt why West Indies are T20 champions. I hope in the fresh auctions next year, Steyn, Morkel, ABD and Kallis get in a single team and they will be the 4 automatic choices of overseas players every match and this will be the team to beat!!!

Finally, the real issue why DD is losing is because of top order failure. Sehwag should come down in the lower order and either Irfan or Mahela should open with Warner.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

@priceless1 ; Probably you should have been there to tell Mahela how mediocre Indian pacers are . Obviously he didn't know that.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

I dnt want want to see jaywardne as a captain! Poor captaincy! Why always pathan has last over! He is gud whn bowl in new why not u finished earlier! Shame not learn..

Posted by darren_1146 on (April 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

To me, this game clears shows weaknesses in the RCB batting. After Gayle, Kohli and De Veillers, there's not much to follow

Posted by dxbssp on (April 16, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

I agree with sandeep1978, Kholi seems to have an attitude being developed these days and if he does not understand and correct himself he might be an issue for any team to work as an unit.

Posted by jackthelad on (April 16, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Mahela, you're kidding yourself if you imagine your batsmen (including yourself) performed to anything like your abilities tonight. OK, you can't be too negative about your side, but this was a poor performance by what should on paper be a very strong batting side against an average bowling outfit. If you want to improve, you've got to admit that many of your top guns just aren't performing well enough.

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (April 16, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Couldnt DISAGREE more than this (with caps, how id wish font 42 was available) with the choice of MoM. I know it doenst matter but Ravi Rampaul deserved it.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 16, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Rite now Sehwag is a coward batsman. He shld play superover with warner. I dnt know y? I think instead of Yadav, Morkel was the better option ! What a horror decision! Ur team selection is also horrible! Why delhi presisting with Juneja, he cannt clear the ground! Ok chand is fail in first 3 matches but he has capibility to hit the bowl hard. Mind u t20 is a game of hitters, classical player can only manupulate. See jaywardne cant win matches. His captaincy is also poor! Y pathan is bowling last over all the time.. Now Delhi is out of this IPL,,,

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 16, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

I think today's two matches are hard slaps for those who say they love test cricket and detest T20 as being a lesser format. Today was a day that proved that a T20 match is much more complex than this test lovers can grasp and may be this is why they dislike it. TIME is an extremely huge but invisible factor in this format. In other formats, except for a deadly bowling spell the chasing team will not lose a match if it had 6-7 wickets in hand and had to score 25 runs of 25 balls. Similarly the bowling team will not lose a match if it had 50 runs to defend and only 24 balls to bowl. Yet, CSK's match of last week and today's two matches show that in a T20 match ANYTHING is possible. I love test cricket but I absolutely dig in T20s. Each day I begin thinking I won't watch today's matches and I end up watching both. It was proven today that the future of cricket lies with T20. Cricket will become global due to T20. Tests & ODIs are still on but it is T20 that will bring the gas-money.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 16, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@musingsofamoron ; Lousy captaincy from Mahela ??? First, Have you watched the match to the end ?? Guess not..First he didn't go for his shots coz he couldn't risk it as there were no quality batsmen down the order. So he had to stay there n build the innings as the skipper. Later, He did a brilliant job on the field as the skipper. He used his available bowlers to perfection, specially Morkel. Its not Mahela's fault Yadav n Pathan couldn't hold their nerves. What ?? you want Mahela to teach 'em how to bowl too ??? Tailenders went on to hit sixes to Pathan. And in super over, Jadav fired short balls to AB.. pathetic !! what was he thinking ?? And you guys expect Mahela to win matches with these kinda players..

Posted by dxbssp on (April 16, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

DD made mistake in the super over as well - I.Patan was supposed to be opening the batting in the superover with D.Warner.

Posted by AneYako on (April 16, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Why give Yadav the last over? Come onnnnnnn..Morkel is the best bowler. Umesh got wickets today not because he bowled well but because some really poor shot selection by the RCB batsman. Baffling

Posted by sandeep1978 on (April 16, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Kohli is quickly losing all the goodwill he had accumulated over the past 2 years, with his hot tempered and insufferable behaviour which is increasing progressively in this IPL. He seems to be returning to the brat he was a few years back. Sad really.With his current behaviour, i cant and dont want to see him as the captain of india..

Posted by priceless1 on (April 16, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

it was Mahela's mistake to give the last over to Irfan pathan , he was always gonna bowl that juicy half wallies which any one can hit any where

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 16, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

RAVI CHARLES LARA with the square drive for 6 ! does every Trini have this flair hahaha Amazing

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 16, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Why do RCB keep persisting with unexciting mediocre Aussie failures like Mcdonald and Christian ? Barnwell will be a much better addition to the side please give him a shot.

Posted by AneYako on (April 16, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

This indian bowling attack is embarrassingly bad. Drop Pathan and Umesh and give those spots to...well anyone else! Right now too much depends on Morkel

Posted by musingsofamoron on (April 16, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Lousy captaincy by Mahela. His batting today defies logic.

Posted by jose1986 on (April 16, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

It will be the 5th straight lose for DD & They will keep losing until they include Ajith Agarkar in their playing eleven

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Quick question for any experts, when a batsman is out now automatically they check for front foot no ball, why then when a bowler bowls a legit delivery that is clearly shown not to be do they not over rule that ? Seems every thing is stacked against bowlers now days likewise when Rampaul clearly struck Warners helmet and he claimed bat to the umpire for 4 runs does the 3rd umpire and review not quickly over rule that to ? it's not like it takes any longer and everyone sees it on the big screen replay before the next ball . . .

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