Delhi v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Delhi

Kohli, Unadkat help RCB keep pace

The Report by Sidharth Monga

May 10, 2013

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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

Virat Kohli punches a shot through the offside, Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Delhi, May 10, 2013
Virat Kohli became only the second man to be dismissed on 99 in T20s © BCCI

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

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Posted by   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

Posted by Cricketfan101 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

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Rcb win Well done kohli and abd

Posted by KallisTheGreatest 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 :)

Posted by pradave17 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.

Posted by spot_on 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..

Posted by   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.

Posted by PerfectTen 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.

Posted by spot_on 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...

Posted by spot_on 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 !!!

Posted by Ananth83 on (May 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Here's a look at India's bowlers last game who have been selected Champions trophy.

Ishant Sharma who is supposed to lead the attack 4 Overs - 0/66 Vinay Kumar who is supposed to do wonders with his swing in England 4 Overs - 1/43 and prior to that 4 Overs - 1/48 Umesh Yadav - He has got good pace, agreed but bowling length balls without an attempt to bowl a Yorker 4 Overs - 0/65

They are competing with each other to get the worst possible figures in IPL, it is understood that even a Steyn can go for runs on a bad day in IPL but the way they went for runs by bowling pathetic length balls really scares me and wondering how they made it to the Indian squad.

Shami Ahmed would've been a better choice for Vinay Kumar who can bowl along with Bhuvneshwar in England as he bowls straight on the stumps without trying to much. Mohit Sharma shouldn't be pulled into the Indian team and needs more time.

Posted by Ananth83 on (May 11, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

In the previous game, Kohli knew what would happen if you drop Miller's catch and he let everyone know yesterday what would happen if a bowler bowls a No-ball in which he gets out and gets a second chance. Devastating batting after he reached 50. No matter what people say about his arrogance on the field and losing his cool, he is simply a fantastic batsman who can destroy any bowling as if they are just out of school !!

Posted by OutCast on (May 11, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

The difference is Mahela... if he drops himself, Sehwag is also gome and DD will win more games... it is like having 2 retired seniors burden your family..

Posted by the_blue_android on (May 11, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

@ GRVJPR - SA wins only in tailor made conditions? Dude, do you even watch cricket outside of IPL? They beat Aus in Aus, England in England...they are the # 1 side in test cricket. Ever heard of test cricket?

Posted by muski on (May 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

RCB will win the remaining 3 league games only if they chase. The batting is consistent but the bowling is so pathetic that no score is a comfortable score for RCB. I feel most of the RCB guys need some physical re-conditioning as well. Guys like Rampaul and Dud Tiwary look too bullky to have any sort of athleticism. Pujara looks in fine touch and hope he will fire in the final stages of the tournament.

Posted by stating_the_obvious on (May 11, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

@Tat_Botvinnik: Infamous 99 club? Any team will take these innings in a T20 match or even in an ODI

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

@albert_campbell, true, but too bad all ur great bowlers couldn't help SA win an ICC tournament yet, while India with its ordinary bowlers won 2 world cups. there are lot of holes in SA's record at international level, so u better look at them before commenting on our Indian players.

Posted by APSK on (May 11, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

recent bowling figures : ishant sharma 4-0-66-0, umesh yadav 4-0-65-0, vinay kumar 4-0-43-1.... All of these bowlers are in India's champions trophy squad. Now, ony God can help India in England :(

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 11, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

It seems just because few palyers play for countries with big names like Australia na dsouth africa people feels that they have free license to praise them and for no reason find faults in young and honest Indian players like virat kohli. No stone has been left unturned by people around to make sure that the progress of kohli is as tough as possible. Issues are being devised against him. No-issues like his 'facial expressions" are being put up as if he has murdered someone. True Indian sportsperson have been insulted over the years. Example are Milkha Singh, Pan singh tomar, dhanraj pillai and now people can't see Virat Kohli progressing. It's high time people leave personal jealousies and praise someone who has talent and who plays for team and not records. I like south africa but its high time that they win series of major ICC tournaments otherwise they will be keep winning series in tailormade conditrions in South Africa only.

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (May 11, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

@Htc-Android - looks like you started this yorker debate. How does it matter whether Indian bowlers bowl yorkers or googlies or whatever else? Point is whether they can bowl effectively against players from Eng, SA, Australia, WI - and the answer is a convincing YES.

@GRVJPR - you have too many views on too many things, sometimes conflicting. Don't stray from IPL-related discussion (which means multicultural teams) and it will serve you better

@Syamala - don't suggest any change of rules. Existing rules good enough. In T20, a bowler conceding less than 8 runs is considered as 'good figures'. That's not the same in ODI or Tests. So there is a self correcting mechanism.

@gundapps - you and I are on same wavelength :-)

@Joe-car - don't apply test match and ODO rules such as 'best batsman should bat at 1 drop. T20 has changed the rules of the game. As Dravid has shown, 'flexible batting order' is the success mantra.

Posted by stating_the_obvious on (May 11, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

It is time that RCB try out some of the pacers in their bench. Where is Zaheer Khan? Is he still injured? Why don't they give a game to P Parameshwaran? He can't be worse than the present death bowling. Kohli has to learn a lot in captaincy, especially in backing youngsters to perform. Good captaincy is not just about winning a match, it is about utilizing the resources available to the best extent.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (May 11, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

@GRVJPR : We are talking cricket here. Laughable comparing Umesh Yadav, Pathan and gang to Steyn & Co. Even more laughable telling ABdV is a chocker. He is the best cricketer in the world today. Of course, you have your GOD of cricket and the rest. And of course, he does not choke. He will play till 50.

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 11, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

@ Mohammed_Omar The problem is that when facts are stated people tells others "You don;t know anything about cricket". It's a fact that ABD doesn't have a century in any major tournament in world and south africa hasn;t won any major ICC tournament. If it is wrong please prove me worn with stats.

Posted by Narabavi on (May 11, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

@GRVJPR: Even part timer Dwayne Bravo using yorkers effectively but Indian pacers didn't even try it.Don't want to say about Malinga.Even though he is not at his best, still bowling yorkers & slower ball yorkers better than anyother.Faulkner & Cooper bowling slow yorkers almost every ball in death overs they bowl with good result.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 11, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

GRVJPR.......don't compare your mediocre bowlers with our Steyn and morkel. I can't even compare these Indian bowlers with highschool bowlers in south Africa. Did umesh or Ishant even win a match for India? Atleast these foreign bowlers don't leak runs like the Indian bowlers.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

@grvjpr wat are u talking about.abd is considered the best batsman in the world in all three formats.i think u dont know anything about cricket.

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 11, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

People saying Indian bowlers can;t bowl yorkers. If you have guts please suggest me one foreign bowler in this league who has bowled the yorkers consistently.

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 11, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

Even after 15 years of International experience Mornie Morkel can;t bowl a single perfect yorker and same is with steyn. As far as ABD is concerned he tends to choke at big ocassions always unlike Indian players who raise their game (even inexperienced ones like kohli) No wonder south africa hasn't won a single ICC tournament.

Posted by deadite11 on (May 11, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

Its an expected result, DD fought well but it would ve win if few risks have taken! kohli passed out of 3 traps to make his 99. sehwag's drop-catch and a no-ball out was the case changed the game. Expecting RCB vs M.I in eliminator.

Posted by gundapps on (May 11, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

With the bowling resources RCB has opposing teams always have a chance to get big scores. Despite limited finance RR have managed to pick up winners like Faulkner, Samson, Binny etc. RCB have been woefully wanying in their bowling picks.

Posted by huffpost on (May 11, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

Kohli is a master at building an innings whether batting first or chasing ..he has proven once again he is th best in the business ..I think rohit sharma also has started to plan his innings like kohli and seems to succeed. ..these two guys once they take their time initially to settle down, they back themselves to destroy any bowling...

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

Few overs of mayhem hitting can totally alter the course of a match. Poor bowlers. Law should come that batsman donot move around, change stance once the bolwer is into delivery stride etc. It may rob the charm but bowlers would be spared. It seems you cannot bowl to AB in the last 3 overs.

Posted by Wakenaam1103 on (May 10, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

Ravi Rampaul should be given a rest. He came in with great expectations but cannot deliver at the start or at the death. What he lacks in skill he tries to make up with bodyline bouncers, only injuring batsmen. Just ask Sehwag!

Posted by india_ipl_fan on (May 10, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

RCB, no rocket science here, you cant expect ChrisG & AB to keep scoring huge totals so your bowlers can keep getting away. Bowlers have to pull their socks and contribute. Unadkat's 5 for would have been useless even if we were 5 runs less. So its truely the batsmen who won the match today. GO RCB.....!!!!!

Posted by kingsmead_mamba on (May 10, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

The problem with AB is that he is too talented for his own good. No one else can come in and smack it around from ball 1 as consistently as he can. However if he faces more than 50 balls then he wins u the game as the score will be over 200. The 30 and 40 he has been scoring does help rcb to good totals but the other team is still in with a chance. But if AB faces 50 balls the other team got no chance. He is ranked no.2 in odi so he can play the long innings consistently as well. Rcb need to be smarter utilizing him.

Posted by neo-galactico on (May 10, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

AB is not a finisher, he has never been one and will never be one. He is just the most adaptable batsman in the world. And can play in whatever situation. And frankly, he's the best batsman in the world and thus deserves more overs to bat than just finish at the death. He should be opening or at least batting @ 3.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 10, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

Most of these indian fast bowlers like Ishant, Umesh, Dinda, RP singh, Vinay kumar are highly overrated. Its a shame that these guys cannot bowl yorkers at the death. Even a medium pace allrounder like mathews was able to bowl perfect yorkers to the likes of pollard. Only Bhuneshwar and Mohit sharma are doing well at the moment.

Posted by uppi2kcp on (May 10, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

RCB is gonna rock....reminds me od CSK of 2010 and 2012....similar situation and they bounced back due to capt dhonis looks like RCB's gonna do the same....retain the dame eleven for the next 3 matches....try chris barnwell instead of of rampaul and see what he can offer...bring in mithun/zak(if fit) instead of syed u would have 5 bats/2 Allrounders/4 bowlers....right combo to win the remaining matches....

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 10, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

A fantastic knock by Virat, one in which his Dr. Jekyl became Mr. Hyde. Before AB took strike at over 13.3, Virat tuk-tukked along at a SR of 106. Each then faced 8 balls, AB settling in with 7 off 8, Virat accelerating to 47 off 43. Then AB exploded, smacking Morkel for 6 off the 1st ball of his last over. In 3 overs Morkel had conceded 17. They took 18 off his 4th. Then came 3 overs of mayhem.

Virat's match SR was 170.68, less than AB's 188.25, but that's not the story. Before AB joined him, Virat scored 37 off 35, then his tuk-tuk turned into a Ferrai, & he scored 62 off 23, a SR of 270. They scored 23 off their first 21 balls - off the next 24 they scored 77, a RR of 19.25 - a batsman's SR of 320.8

AB struck the 1st 6 of the innings, & it released Virat's tension, freeing him to swing with confidence. That is the AB effect & RCB need it earlier to win the trophy. Virat or AB must open with Gayle. Opening with either is LESS risky than waiting 16 overs. Dehli proved that today.

Posted by kevepere on (May 10, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Good performance RCB... But the team CSK is like easily winning .. They are the Champs 2013 in what i see. It's highly unlikely CSK would loose two games in a row. Therefore the interest has gone down for this IPL, I was supporting SRH and they do well. But CSK is like far ahead from the rest

Posted by rhtkumar672 on (May 10, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

So its Umesh Yadav's turn today!! There is no Indian bowler who can bowl yorkers at death.All length balls or full tosses and they get blown away.. despite having so much talent in the country we havn't been able to produce a single world class FAST bowler.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Haters are gonna hate..Complaining he didn't went for the big one to complete the hundred they should know that sneaking a planned 2 runs is lot more tougher than hitting a boundary on the last ball of a over that when batsman has already hit more than 20 runs in the over.secondly what with this hypocrisy if Kohli drops a catch and batsman scores 100 its kohli's faults and batsman was superb but if Kohli gets dropped and he makes 99 then he is doesn't deserve the praise.Indians need to wake up from the sleep and remember that they are Indians first and then MI's,KKR's or Kings XI's etc. and thank god for giving us such a gifted batsman and securing india's future instead of cursing him every moment.Such a shame

Posted by taurus007 on (May 10, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

RCB did the wisest of moves and rewarded, throw RP Singh out...

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

IMHO, it's a tactical error from Irfan Pathan. He shouldn't have taken the single of the 4 th ball & leaving Morkel to score 9 runs of the remaining 2. He should have backed himself to hit at least 2 boundaries, which he is pretty much capable of, and should've at least taken the match to the super over.

Posted by Tootaa on (May 10, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

I personally cant see a better batting combination. Gayle = demolish Pujara = stability Kholi = Reconstruction AB = Finish them !!!!!! Henriques = Emergency the bowling needs some polishing.

Posted by NareshPodi on (May 10, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Kohli is excellent as ever. a very good move by Kohli to bring back Unadkat. and an excellent game plan to fire up when needed. Superb innings. He is the best player that India has ever produced. He knows how to handle the pressure and plays very well in crucial games.He is made for Cricket.

Posted by priceless1 on (May 10, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

interestingly Kohli didn't slog the last ball thinking he might get out and therefor miss the 100 ( otherwise they could have added few more to the total )but Luckily for them DD fell just short of the target

Posted by r0adrunn3r on (May 10, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@Greatest_Game by your logic, Umesh yadav has a SR of 400. So if he had opened for Delhi would they have wrapped up the game under 10 overs? AB could burst only because Kholi had steadied the innings from 2-32.

Posted by andrew27994 on (May 10, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

@Nanda Kishore Reddy. Don't judge Yadav on the basis of IPL performances. First of all it is very difficult for any fast bowler to bowl on Indian pitches and secondly Yadav had to bowl in the death overs to the 2 most dangerous batsmen in limited overs matches who were well set. Even Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and McLaren have had off-days in this tournament. It is important that DD and India back him because he will be essential when India play overseas. He will have an important role to play in thee Champions Trophy. I'm sure he'll come good if he is well backed.

Posted by Provost on (May 10, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

what a strong bowling line up RCB got.......the case is getting closer and good team would have got it.......if RCB comes to the finals, then the oppopnent lifts the is that simple.....go ANY team but MI.......

Posted by r0adrunn3r on (May 10, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

@Abitha are you really saying Kholi did not bat well tonight? Kholi dropped Miller the other day, that dropped catch by no means diminishes the innings Miller played, same way Kholi's innings today was nothing short of marvelous. @ Joe-car AB needs to stay where he is now. If he comes up the order and fails, there is no one to steady the innings or go berserk late in the innings. Haters can hate, way to go RCB!

Posted by VinodGupte on (May 10, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

chandu and rohrer lost the game for DD by consuming 10 overs between then but scoring only 73 @ 7.x while chasing 183 @ 9.x.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

banglore done well in this match we hopelly rcb will win the all match and also if india cricket board allow afghan player in ipl this will be good think and more delicous ipl will thnx

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

What a bowling by UMESH YADAV.,, A GREAT BOLWER INDIA NEVER AND EVER PRODUCED!!!!!!! At last his last two overs made the difference here. Well played RCB...

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 10, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Unmukt chand Slow innings cost the game of Delhi. RCB made smart move by making sure that chand face as many bowls as possible.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (May 10, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Kohli's knock ensured that RCB will reach playoffs easily and comfortably.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Keep it cool and smack it around DD... You have nothin' to lose.. Just give the Bengaluru boys a run for their money !!!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 10, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

@ Girlish Sundar. Pujara faced 17 balls, and scored 17 runs. AB faced 17 balls, and scored 32 runs. Henriques faced 22 balls and scored 26 runs. If AB had faced the balls that Pujara and Henriques did, at his SR he would have scored more than Virat. RCB would have made over 200.

It is not only death overs in which AB can score. RCB's bowling is average. They need all the runs they can get!

Posted by Abitha on (May 10, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

If DD lose this match the Credit will not go to Virat but debit to Morkel for bowling a no-ball and Viru for dropping catch. I feel Viru is having some problem sighting the bill After the dropped catch he mis- fielded on more than two occasions Kashinath

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Mr Joe-Car,

AB De-Villiers is one of the best Death Overs Player for RCB. He needs to come in the current position. Today's innings is proof enough. 85 Runs in Last 5 Overs. He is a very Smart player. Dont ssupport RCB. I dont care.

Posted by Gentleman_Cricket on (May 10, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Fantastic batting by Kholi. Responsible inning at the beginning after Gale got out and continued to play sensible innings to pile the runs. Great to watch at the end with super hitting.

Posted by priceless1 on (May 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Familiar site again, an Indian bowler at the depth and the sixes and fours galore ...

Posted by Joe-car on (May 10, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Really now?!! Can anybody please enlighten me as to who suggests which batsman should bat where? Isn't the best batsman supposed to bat at first-drop? Why is AB batting behind Kholi and Henriques? My God, even a toddler knows that AB should be the batsman facing the most balls in the innings- or at the very least, given a chance to. That's it, I give up, I'm switching to Kolkata, they can't disappoint me, can they?

Posted by RottPhiler on (May 10, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Its fascinating how you keep repeatedly saying that Delhi are out of the reckoning when an extremely slim mathematical chance exists.

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