Royal Challengers v Daredevils, IPL 2015, Bangalore May 17, 2015

Rain denies RCB chance to clinch No.2 spot

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Match abandoned Delhi Daredevils 187 for 5 (De Kock 69, Duminy 67*, Chahal 2-26) v Royal Challengers Bangalore 2 for 0 in 1.1 overs
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Quinton de Kock sped away at the start and JP Duminy controlled the middle overs to send Delhi Daredevils to 187 for 5, before rain in Bangalore washed the game out. The no-result left Royal Challengers Bangalore on 16 points. Having only won seven games so far, they will need another no-result in the final league game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians to finish in the top two.

De Kock prospered in the arc between cover and deep midwicket to finish with 69 off 39. Having made most of his runs square of the wicket, Duminy remained unbeaten on 67 off 43, to put the finishing touches on a score that seemed daunting on a dry Chinnaswamy deck.

Harshal Patel would finish with the innings' best figures of 2 for 30, but it was in his first over - the innings' third - that de Kock began his surge. He drilled Harshal's first ball to the straight boundary, then two deliveries later, slapped him behind point to collect another four. Ashok Dinda received similar treatment next over before Shreyas Iyer began to open his arms as well, soon carving a six over point off Mitchell Starc.

The openers made 54 from the Powerplay overs before Iyer was out cracking a ball straight to backward point. De Kock laid low for two overs then began to attack again in the ninth over. Davide Wiese was launched over long on, creamed down the ground, and slapped to midwicket off consecutive balls as de Kock raised his half-century in 30 deliveries. He hit two more straight sixes and an edged four off Dinda before the introduction of Yuzvendra Chahal's legspin cut his innings short. Virat Kohli trekked back from cover to complete the catch.

Duminy walloped successive legside sixes in Chahal's 14th over, which went for 18 runs, but tempered his advance when three quick wickets fell. The attack resumed in Harshal's 19th over, after Duminy had reached 50 off 35 balls. That over disappeared for 16, with Saurabh Tiwary adding a six to the two fours Duminy struck.

Royal Challengers hit two runs in 1.1 overs before the rains came. They ceased for long enough for the umpires to reschedule a start just after 7pm, but a second bout of bad weather ended hopes of play.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Cricinfouser on May 19, 2015, 10:03 GMT

    RCB is in the playoff due to pure luck. The target of 188 was a formidable one and RCB would have lost if the game continued.

  • Amit on May 19, 2015, 6:18 GMT

    Everyone assumes RCB was going to win. In every department, this DD team is better than RCB. Gayle/Devilliers cannot score century in every match. KKR was the unlucky one as they had a sneaky chance had RCB lost badly.

  • cool on May 18, 2015, 17:28 GMT

    @karthik I am not saying the rule is good, I am saying it has been there since start.. So what's the point arguing now....

  • cool on May 18, 2015, 17:27 GMT

    @harizs kharvi We all know how he performs when required the most...

  • cool on May 18, 2015, 17:23 GMT

    @Dalena Weren't they going to rock in 2008 n 2009 n 2010 n 2011 n 2012 n 2013 n 2014 n...........

  • Srisha on May 18, 2015, 11:40 GMT

    If RCB are to progress further here, they need to make two urgent changes to their playing 11. Dump Dinesh Karthik who has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that he is a huge burden on the team (also monetarily for the owner) and that dud called Ashoke Dinda. Get in Bisla and Arvind for the reamaining match(es)

  • Saprava on May 18, 2015, 10:43 GMT

    This year's IPL one young man (only 20 years old) from Delhi DD should be rewarded. SS Iyer. Statistic shows he was within top five in at least four categories and just after top ten in a category of maximum number of sixes in an innings which he equaled Pollard with 5 sixes. This is incredible. At least those big names who were bought with big amount of money should learn from this that they are no longer required for the team. Playing for a team who were second from the bottom should reward him enough to encourage this young man.

  • vageesh s n on May 18, 2015, 10:22 GMT

    Whether yesterday's abandoned match between RCB and DD came as a boon in disguise to former given their inconsistent performance ? What if RCB had lost while chasing the target set . Last league match against DD was crucial. RCB bowlers instead of restricting DD to 140-150 gave away too many runs . de Kock set the balling rolling which Duminy continued . With a knock in the last league match de Kock has assured himself a place in the next edition . Young Iyer too played stellar role in this edition of IPL . A new prospect for India. Hires of DD and RCB in the form of Yuvaraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik respectively have to do lot of introspection about their contribution . It is not only the players who have to introspect but the franchises too . There are young players who shone in this edition of IPL and showed promise . It needs to be seen whether those players will translate such initial promise into solid performance in the years to come .

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2015, 10:12 GMT

    @Dev20123: What you are saying is that RCB have a couple of big hitters who take turns in firing. Hey, isn't that what the IPL is all about?

  • Ajay on May 18, 2015, 9:14 GMT

    Lets change the angle a bit here, instead of judging on the basis of number of wins, what if we judged based on number of losses suffered by the teams. This would put RCB and Rajasthan above Mumbai Indians. And it appears to be fair as well. Both of them had two wash out games and they are sitting at 16 points. Both games could have gone on either ways.

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