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  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Hey i am Jamaican Chris Gayle will come good against Chennai Gayle will score 80 runs Bengledore will beat Chennai Gayle will show up Sunday.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    To make things interesting would be nice if kkr loose and MI win today will leave 4 teams on 8 points with 4 games to spare had blore peeked a bit earlier things could have been different for rcb of remaining 4 games two are against csk and with last over specialist dhoni.Competition for 4th spot will be nice with a MI win comeon mumbai

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Pietersen's behaviour summed him up perfectly - getting into the thirties, looking good, then getting out stupidly in an over that had already gone for 13. he didn't need to go charging off down the wicket, he did it because he wanted to do as well, if not better, than the batsman at the other end had done. he wasn't out stumped, he was out ego before wicket, as so often.

  • POSTED BY VijayaPrasadT on | May 14, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Yuvi is good form and good powerful hiter... He's 1 of the best batsman in india..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Its upto Yuvi and Abd to take RCB past Chennai

  • POSTED BY ani.. on | May 14, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    While I was watching the match I noticed a board from a fan saying 'It's not Bengaluru, It's Ben-Gayle-uru." This highlighted the problem Bangalore had. Instead of the team of Bangalore participating in the IPL, It's Gayle Kohli, De Villiers, etc, Who have turned the team of 'Bangalore into a foreign IPl team and into something like 'Ben-Gayle-uru'. I wish they allotted a fixed number of Ranji cricketers in each match. Maybe 2 or 3. Then everybody, including foreign players would have to work for their places. And there at least have to be two people from that state

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    There is smt unique in Yuvis bat swing, thats embeds so much grace .Even in 2011 he wasnt hitting this clean, sheer class

  • POSTED BY shaykumar on | May 14, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    My eyes really missed those hits from Yuvraj... I still say it my two favourite players of all time for India Yuvraj singh and V sehwag... Glad to see you back yuvi!!

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | May 14, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Yuvraj looked fitter and more active in the field than even before his illness and I am sure this is the reason that he is playing so well .

  • POSTED BY shanks1967 on | May 14, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    It was a pleasure to watch Yuvi batting. At his best, there is nobody who oozes so much style and nonchalance in batting. The range of strokes displayed was awesome. If one has to pay to watch, I would pay to watch Yuvi when he is on song. Whadda player...

  • POSTED BY avani on | May 14, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    DD would have won this match had KP not gifted his wicket jumping down the pitch which was totally unnecessary at that stage! Duminy is the lone sensible player in Delhi. M. Vijay looks like depressed being out of CSK team. He doesnt suit here in DD.

  • POSTED BY Die_Hard_Indian_Cricket_Lover on | May 14, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Doesn't matter how much he perform. We already lost the world cup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    perform after being out of the playoff race... this has been the case with the international west Indies side also nd the same is happening with rcb.... wi has mathchwinners 11/11 so do rcb .. but performance wise .. too inconsistent and panicky team

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | May 14, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Although the ipl is like wwe. Yuvraj just saved his home from stoning by his die heart fans.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    That is some SERIOUS HITTING! (y) Yuvi you beauty, take a bow. Way to go..

  • POSTED BY chamalqif on | May 14, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    IPL is a 2nd level T20 tournament and when it comes to higher class T20, Yuvaraj is out dated. (WT20)

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 14, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @VICTOR WILSON This is IPL. I don't know if anyone remembers what I had said when Yuvraj was picked up by Malya. It is in in the interest of IPL to make Yuvraj succeed. Form or no form, downhill ore otherwise. Matches are manipulated to make IPL interesting so also making some of the "darlings of spectators" succeed. You should know why Yuvraj was not tested!. IPL needs to be like a very engrossing script. There are some players who will be allowed to succeed even if occasionally to keep the interest going. And so also make some teams win. And that friends is IPL.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 14, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    My apologies, RCB won 2 games at home.

  • POSTED BY rsrajan2005 on | May 14, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    While there is no denying the fact that Yuvi has played mind-boggling cricket, it has to be admitted that he has been on a lean patch. Age is also not on his side. That he had a major part to play in downing india's chances in the T20 finals against SL, cannot be denied. ALso his past achievements in 2007 T20 WC & 2011 world cup helped India win the cups. Anyways, lets wait and watch as to how this could help Yuvi in regaining his place.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 14, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    While its good to see Yuvi get some confidence again, you have to remember that it is still the Bangalore ground, with the short boundaries and flat pitch. I would still like to see him do well on challenging pitches against better bowling attacks. However, the more glaring problem is RCB's dependence on Yuvi. It is much like their dependence on Gayle over the last three seasons. It makes them very one dimensional and barring the customary AB brilliance or last year's in-form Kohli, RCB has almost exclusively relied on Gayle. This season, without Gayle they crumbled and now they seem to be latching onto Yuvi. Even if Yuvi is truly back in form, he can't do this every time. Bangalore would do well to pull up their socks. After having the luxury of 4 home games, they only won 1 and it is going to get increasingly hard, since they still have to face CSK and one loss knocks them out.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 14, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    How the world change with heading "Fantastic Yuvraj keeps RCB in race". Happy to see Yuvi and Uthappa in the top 10 runscorer..

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Well done yuvraj, but RCB having much good players and struggling to make play-offs shows the management and ownership is much poor. One thing i admired yuvraj is his power hitting when bowling in legside full toss, he just swipe it to the people. Just few days, he got more bigger than any other players. And first maxwell now Yuvraj. So things keep changing.

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | May 14, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    @gag....but he is not from SA

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Hey i am Jamaican Chris Gayle cannot be dropped he is injured that's why he is not performing properly remember as a cricketer you are just one hit away from getting it going so stop saying chis gayle should be dropped drop dinda, aaron.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    all u (against) yuvi- take a bow at d current fact- 24 sixes and counting the only indian batsman in the ipl t20 top 10 list of batsman currently at 3rd position!!!, well cant see anyone sayin anything against him right now!!! enough said and done he has proved it time and time again and he will once again and keep on proving everyone wrong!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    UV really u did a fantastic job. keep doing this for rcb and India. kohli please do something better. take some time at the crease.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Its obvious that there's a difference in class between AB and players like Kohli and Gayle. I thought Kohli was a better player than this! He remains in the team bcoz he's the captain. Useless so far!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Its becoming more and more obvious that the difference of class between AB and players like Kohli and Gayle. Kohli has to learn the art of being patience at the wicket and he is not a good captain.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    i am happy for the team and i think everyone should be. beause of the amount of quality player in the team and the position that they are in. if the make the last four they have a good chance of winning the title. but before that gayle kholi and raina have to shine

  • POSTED BY proteasfire on | May 14, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    Great to see Yuvi back!! He is a champion player and always will be. This man is capable of taking RCB to glory single handedly as he did for India in both T20 and ODI world cups. Its time RCB batting order clicks collectively. If Gayle and Kohli find form and join Yuvi and AB, RCB can become unstoppable. They have the potential but not playing well as a team. Its high time and right time they start peaking. Good luck RCB!!

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | May 13, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Since IPL has moved back home indian batsmen in general and yuvi in particular have started feasting while in the alien conditions in UAE and BD they had no clue and made india lose the world cup. But the fans are aloft and taking them into indian team which can be interesting. The old pattern remains: foreign batsmen getting better of indian batsmen in UAE being better then indian batsmen and indian bowlers also got advantage of the situation. While IPL moved to india foreign bowlers suffering more due to flat tracks but foreign batsmen still have clear edge. It seems all fabricated to prove that uv was the best buy for a reason while he is not. Many retired players over the years like gilly have done much better then him.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 13, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    RCB is still in the race thanks to the hard workingYuvaraj with tremendous amount of WILL POWER&CONFIDENCE.These two factors which are vital to any game especially for Cricket is still present in Yuvaraj at an amazing quantum .the remaining matches are vital for Bangalore.If Yuvaraj continues this way with ample support from Kohli& Gayle RCB could challenge the netrun rate also which could become final yard scale for RCB. Apart from AB who alone shown courage to survive,kohli& Gayle has to come out of their dark shadow in to open light. All the Best to RCB

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | May 13, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    DD are a disgrace from all facets of the game. The selection have been unbelievable...De Koch has to be, and should have been dropped two games ago...KP looks so far out of form...really he was lucky to get off the mark again today...and as for playing the SA leg spinner...one has to wonder what the selectors were thinking playing him when the ground is as small as it is...one has to wonder what Nessham / Taylor have to do to get a game...hell if Taylor isn't twice the batter/ finisher De Koch is.....DD management need to sort out the selectors and captain of their team...no wonder the fans are staying away.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Some one needs to rough yuvraj up as soon as he gets to the crease or all hell will break loose. Hasn't anyone realised that he doesn't like the short ball early on in his innings, and don't bother trying it once he gets into his rythm.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 13, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    yuraj u was awesome as I now I like u even more than gayle

  • POSTED BY CricketMakdi on | May 13, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Thank god RCB bowlers could defend this time!

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Hatersss of yuvraj just hide yourself otherwise you will have no place to prevent yourself from humiliation as you were giving to this legend........

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    What an inning by The Sixer King, he was in his brutal yet beautiful God-Mode today, again! Hope to many more of them in coming days! Shine on Champ!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 13, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Singh is king yuvi......

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 13, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    I said 4 games ago that Dehli won't win another game as long as Pieterson is in charge. Does know one else reaslise that de Kock is only averaging about 20 in his 7 games? About 6 less than Taylor was and he was dropped after 2 low scores...

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | May 13, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    After seeing UV really struggle a couple of games back & thinking like many others he clearly is well past his prime, he suddenly & unbelievably has found his form! After all the poor guy has been through, really happy for him as he has been a big hero for us Indian fans. Maybe we shouldn't have doubted him as form is temporary but class & talent always remains with you as it is said. Long may he shine!

  • POSTED BY Sagar_Sharma on | May 13, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Can someone please ask DK to sit out of DD for a few games? Also movin Jadhav a few places up will be a big favour to paying fans!!

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | May 13, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    CSK have Smith, McCullum and Faf, Punjab have Maxwell, Miller and Bailey. 3 performing batsman picked from around the world supported by good Indian talent appears to be the winning formula. Delhi has Duminy holding a lone vigil. The De Kock experiment failed some time ago and KP taking 5-6 games to play himself into some sort of form has left Delhi as the cellar dwellers. Unfortunately the Kirsten blind allegiance to KP as captain, another area he has struggled, and nepotism shown to SA players, despite average performances, has cost the franchise any chance in this years competition.

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 13, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Had a dream yesterday... Finals between CSK and RCB ....lol

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    @GreatestGame - You wanted Tahir instead of Neesham but conveniently forget all your terrible calls (90% of them are). Tahir went for 48 and got no wicket and we missed Neesham on the chase and DD lost. Your precious Saffer coach is selecting wrong team. 1/ Vijay 2/ De Kock 3/ KP 4/ Duminy 5/ Neesham 6/ Jedhav 7/ Agarwal 8/ DK 9/ R Shukla 10/ Shami 11/ Kaul. Strong batting/chasing team. we would be 4th and would have won 6 and lost 5 but we are 2-9 instead..... Tragic stuff. Fans deserve better and, importantly, a smarter and more squad/cricket-aware line-up

    Oh and if we batted first with that team, we would get 180 more often than not as can go hard from go to woe... THEN average bowling does not matter as the extra pressure comes from the runs on the board. But apparently, we do not understand the simplest form of cricket.. well DD don't. I don't wish to be included in DD circle anymore until play above team. Thanks, bye... and Ssshh @WorstGame..You repeat obvious and predict POORLY

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 13, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    I like yuvi's performance he is a very good form to ply with india

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Yuvraj back to his incredible best again with a mighty innings.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 13, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Yuvi the show steeler.Happy to see king in form. Roaring 6'es..Mind blowing dual hattrick sixes. .

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    As a Saffa I take close interest in the progress of SA players in the IPL. I suggested in a recent post that Albie Morkel be dropped & Murali be brought in to beef up RCB spin. I'm happy to see that happened as Albie has been pretty useless. Murali, I beg of you, please don't make a fool out of me.

    I have also said Gayle & Kohli should be dropped, & that de Kock be given the gloves for Delhii. Gayle & Kohli maintained their poor form, & thankfully (for me) did not make me look foolish. That it was de Kock who finished Kohli's suicidal run out added a little extra value! Now, if he bats well ...

    I've been complaining about Duniny not bowling as he is DD's most economical bowler so his 1 run opening was excellent, & his economy of 6.25 was really good to see.

    But, because we hear over & over & over that Saffas can neither bowl nor play spin, seeing TWO … yes TWO Saffa SPINNERS bowling, in tandem, to a Saffa batsman ... IN INDIA ... well that was truly priceless. IPL, thank you!

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | May 13, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH this time YUVI will be happy and YUVI will win it for RCB ....

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Still unable to believe that The Champ has lot of steam left in him. Take a bow Yuvraj Singh, The Champ! Wish you all the best and hope you bow out on a personal high. Very happy for you.

  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | May 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    If Delhi don't bat JP at one down this evening then they deserve to finish bottom of the league....and develop a terrible case of gangrine for good measure.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Tonight I have myself overwhelmed with joy to watch my hero Yuvaraj Singh co erring Chinnaswamy stadium the needing with Blistering SIXES,to be précis 9 of them. A night to remember for a long time to come. It would be a pity if RCB does not find a place in the last 4. YuvaRaj has once again proved his selection as the highest paid Indian in the IPL auction,justified beyond doubt. All the best to Yuvaraj Singh.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 13, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    What a knock by Yuvraj who punished the day light out of theDD Bowlers with a 9 Sixer assault in an innings of 68* @ S/R of 238! He carried RCB from a losing position to a winning position almost single handedly. This was a vintage Yuvraj & reminded us all of his 6 Sixers in an over from Broad. It is tough to understand his sudden transformation in the last 2 matches after several matches of Un-Yuvraj like batting which stretched over the 2014 T20 WC in BD. When Yuvraj is in this mood he can be the most dominant hitter in the World. A magnificent knock by Yuvraj- Well Done Sir! I would love to see Maxwell & Miller in opposition admiring this innings in awe.

  • POSTED BY 65247 on | May 13, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    what an innings from yuvi, i hope he can convert this form for the indian cricket team

  • POSTED BY 65247 on | May 13, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    I am actually happy(being an indian)that he is not in form for rcb and always in form for india

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 13, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    kohli's performance has been disappointing so far.. also raina not upto the mark..

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | May 13, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Gayle has been a major disappointment this season. He looks lost just hasn't been in his usual self. Shami too has been another major under performer. He has been taken for lots of runs with hardly few wickets under his belt.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    I guess It wasn't to be for Rossouw this year at IPL. I thought he was a certain starter after Gayle injured himself. I guess RCB can't seem to see themselves without him. Maybe he'll be next year's champ like Maxwell. They have their birthdays in the same month and Maxwell is a year older. Coincidence?

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  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Hey i am Jamaican Chris Gayle will come good against Chennai Gayle will score 80 runs Bengledore will beat Chennai Gayle will show up Sunday.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    To make things interesting would be nice if kkr loose and MI win today will leave 4 teams on 8 points with 4 games to spare had blore peeked a bit earlier things could have been different for rcb of remaining 4 games two are against csk and with last over specialist dhoni.Competition for 4th spot will be nice with a MI win comeon mumbai

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Pietersen's behaviour summed him up perfectly - getting into the thirties, looking good, then getting out stupidly in an over that had already gone for 13. he didn't need to go charging off down the wicket, he did it because he wanted to do as well, if not better, than the batsman at the other end had done. he wasn't out stumped, he was out ego before wicket, as so often.

  • POSTED BY VijayaPrasadT on | May 14, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Yuvi is good form and good powerful hiter... He's 1 of the best batsman in india..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Its upto Yuvi and Abd to take RCB past Chennai

  • POSTED BY ani.. on | May 14, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    While I was watching the match I noticed a board from a fan saying 'It's not Bengaluru, It's Ben-Gayle-uru." This highlighted the problem Bangalore had. Instead of the team of Bangalore participating in the IPL, It's Gayle Kohli, De Villiers, etc, Who have turned the team of 'Bangalore into a foreign IPl team and into something like 'Ben-Gayle-uru'. I wish they allotted a fixed number of Ranji cricketers in each match. Maybe 2 or 3. Then everybody, including foreign players would have to work for their places. And there at least have to be two people from that state

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    There is smt unique in Yuvis bat swing, thats embeds so much grace .Even in 2011 he wasnt hitting this clean, sheer class

  • POSTED BY shaykumar on | May 14, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    My eyes really missed those hits from Yuvraj... I still say it my two favourite players of all time for India Yuvraj singh and V sehwag... Glad to see you back yuvi!!

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | May 14, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Yuvraj looked fitter and more active in the field than even before his illness and I am sure this is the reason that he is playing so well .

  • POSTED BY shanks1967 on | May 14, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    It was a pleasure to watch Yuvi batting. At his best, there is nobody who oozes so much style and nonchalance in batting. The range of strokes displayed was awesome. If one has to pay to watch, I would pay to watch Yuvi when he is on song. Whadda player...

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    I guess It wasn't to be for Rossouw this year at IPL. I thought he was a certain starter after Gayle injured himself. I guess RCB can't seem to see themselves without him. Maybe he'll be next year's champ like Maxwell. They have their birthdays in the same month and Maxwell is a year older. Coincidence?

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | May 13, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Gayle has been a major disappointment this season. He looks lost just hasn't been in his usual self. Shami too has been another major under performer. He has been taken for lots of runs with hardly few wickets under his belt.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 13, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    kohli's performance has been disappointing so far.. also raina not upto the mark..

  • POSTED BY 65247 on | May 13, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    I am actually happy(being an indian)that he is not in form for rcb and always in form for india

  • POSTED BY 65247 on | May 13, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    what an innings from yuvi, i hope he can convert this form for the indian cricket team

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 13, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    What a knock by Yuvraj who punished the day light out of theDD Bowlers with a 9 Sixer assault in an innings of 68* @ S/R of 238! He carried RCB from a losing position to a winning position almost single handedly. This was a vintage Yuvraj & reminded us all of his 6 Sixers in an over from Broad. It is tough to understand his sudden transformation in the last 2 matches after several matches of Un-Yuvraj like batting which stretched over the 2014 T20 WC in BD. When Yuvraj is in this mood he can be the most dominant hitter in the World. A magnificent knock by Yuvraj- Well Done Sir! I would love to see Maxwell & Miller in opposition admiring this innings in awe.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Tonight I have myself overwhelmed with joy to watch my hero Yuvaraj Singh co erring Chinnaswamy stadium the needing with Blistering SIXES,to be précis 9 of them. A night to remember for a long time to come. It would be a pity if RCB does not find a place in the last 4. YuvaRaj has once again proved his selection as the highest paid Indian in the IPL auction,justified beyond doubt. All the best to Yuvaraj Singh.

  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | May 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    If Delhi don't bat JP at one down this evening then they deserve to finish bottom of the league....and develop a terrible case of gangrine for good measure.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Still unable to believe that The Champ has lot of steam left in him. Take a bow Yuvraj Singh, The Champ! Wish you all the best and hope you bow out on a personal high. Very happy for you.

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | May 13, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH this time YUVI will be happy and YUVI will win it for RCB ....

Royal Challengers v Daredevils, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 13, 2014

Fantastic Yuvraj keeps RCB in race

The Report by Devashish Fuloria
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Royal Challengers Bangalore 186 for 4 (Yuvraj 68*) beat Delhi Daredevils 170 for 7 (Duminy 48, Jadhav 37, Muralitharan 2-25) by 16 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Yuvraj Singh's six-hitting spree

For the second time in three days, Yuvraj Singh announced his return to form, this time with a violent six-laden unbeaten 68 off 29 balls, but unlike two days ago, Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to hold their composure. They sneaked to a 16-run win against the bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils and kept their chances alive in the tournament. The relief was writ large over their faces when Daredevils finally fell short after threatening the target, at least till the 18th over when JP Duminy was around. However, Yuvraj's late assault this time did not go in vain.

Yuvraj was on 10 off 10 balls and Royal Challengers on 115 for 4 at the start of the 17th over. With their other big-hitters already back in the dug-out the onus of providing that final thrust lay squarely on Yuvraj, especially after his batting exploits in the last match. A score of 156 - the lowest successfully defended on this ground across IPL seasons - was still a fair distance away and reaching even that would have been a good result on a slowish pitch.

Imran Tahir, who had troubled Yuvraj in his earlier over, wasn't going to have a happy ending to his spell though. Bowling the 17th over, he gave away 21 runs that included three consecutive hits over the boundary by Yuvraj. The Royal Challengers gravy train was on the move. In the next over, Yuvraj targetted Mohammed Shami, picking up a six over fine leg with that trademark flick that oozed of 2007. Next over, another six over midwicket. Forty-four runs came off three overs but the best was yet to come.

The final over, bowled by Rahul Shukla, earned the distinction of being the most-expensive last over ever bowled in the IPL as Yuvraj smashed four sixes - the first of which brought him his second half-century in two games, off just 24 balls - to steal 27 runs.

Earlier, ending speculation over his injury, Chris Gayle had walked out to play a typically flickering 22 before being bowled by Shukla. Virat Kohli's search for some runs ended in vain as he was run-out for just 10. With the run rate lingering below six after eight overs, the first round of counter came through a busy 49-run third-wicket stand between Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers, but as the two batsmen left within two overs of each other, Royal Challengers' innings appeared to be in danger of losing steam. However, from average beginnings, Royal Challengers were charged to 186 by an electric Yuvraj.

Daredevils lost their openers early - M Vijay falling to Muralitharan in the first over and Quinton de Kock to Mitchell Starc in the second - but a 63-run stand between Mayank Agarwal and Kevin Pietersen kept the runs coming. The two didn't let the required rate shoot up, collecting boundaries and sixes with relative ease in an association that lasted 7.2 overs. With Duminy and Jadhav in the middle when 64 were needed off the last four, Royal Challengers knew it was still not the time to encash the dividends on the Yuvraj investment - they had given that many in three overs two nights ago. However, once Starc bowled Duminy towards the end, the win was finally within grasp.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo