Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 17, 2014

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory


Bangalore 146 for 2 (Yuvraj 52*, Kohli 49*) beat Delhi 145 for 4 (Duminy 67*, Taylor 43*) by eight wickets
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The Yuvraj Singh-Virat Kohli partnership didn't have a happy ending in the World T20 final, but less than two weeks after that night in Mirpur, their association in Sharjah followed a different script. Swapping India's blue for Bangalore's red, the pair made easy work of Delhi's 145, helping Bangalore stroll to a eight-wicket win. Yuvraj was circumspect to begin with but later on brought out his power game to not only outscore Kohli but help Bangalore march to the target with plenty to spare.

The bedrock of the chase was Kohli, who benefited from two let-offs in his 20s to remain unbeaten on 49. The pair added 84 in just 7.5 overs, nullifying the unbeaten 110-run association between Delhi's JP Duminy and Ross Taylor that helped Delhi recover from a wobbly 35 for 4.

Bangalore were never under serious pressure during the chase, especially after opener Parthiv Patel gave the innings a push with a positive 35, in the absence of Chris Gayle to injury. He charged down the track to the seamers, forcing the ball down the ground and pulling a six, off the left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, out of the ground. After he was bowled in the ninth over, Bangalore were at a comfortable 62 for 2, giving Yuvraj the platform to play himself into form, with the security of Kohli at the other end.

Yuvraj didn't look secure initially, taking his eyes off a short ball and hooking a boundary to fine leg. He found his groove with a flat six over long-on off the legspinner Rahul Sharma and some wayward bowling by Nadeem gave Yuvraj the chance to pepper the leg-side boundaries with his favourite slogs.

Delhi needed wickets but when the chances came their way, they fluffed them. Jimmy Neesham fluffed the simplest of catches at short fine leg when Kohli was on 23, and when the batsman had added one more, he was put down by Mayank Agarwal at deep cover. Against arguably the best chaser in the world, regulation drops will come back to hurt. It was clearly Bangalore's night as Yuvraj and Kohli closed out the chase with more blows over the boundary. Yuvraj managed his first IPL fifty in 20 innings and the smile was back on his face.

Delhi found it tough on a two-paced Sharjah pitch, struggling to get the run rate above five in the first ten overs. The loss of early wickets slowed them down. Agarwal fell top-edging a pull to square leg as the frustration to score began to build, and Delhi were pegged back further when Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwary fell for 0 and 1 respectively.

The strategic timeout didn't change Delhi's fortunes as M Vijay, who had made a start with 18, was bamboozled by the legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Vijay was playing for the turn but the ball straightened and shaved the off stump. At 35 for 4 in the eighth over, Delhi desperately needed a big partnership at a good clip to compensate for the sluggish scoring in the first half.

It was a scratchy innings from Taylor as he cursed himself when he played and missed, in an effort to push the scoring. Chahal got it to turn and grip and the googlies were a handful for Taylor. The boundaries had dried up for seven overs before Taylor broke the shackles with a flick to fine leg off Ashok Dinda.

The momentum in the latter half was provided by Duminy, who unlike Taylor found the middle of the bat regularly. He lofted Yuvraj for a six to the sightscreen before scooping Dinda to the same area. Dinda was ineffective at the death yet again as he leaked 51 off his four overs. Delhi took 30 off the last two overs and 63 off the last five but in the end, 145 wasn't enough.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Let us talk something positive. For me the takeaway was Yuzvendra Chanchal. Great bowling...What a pick by Virat Kohli...This guy put serious revolutions on the ball much more than any other leggie that I have seen in the recent past. He needs to be trained by somebody like Kumble or better still by Sivaramakrishnan who he matches more closely so that he can play for India.

    The other big takeaway was JP Dumny's batting. Exemplary...Clean batting in tough conditions...What a player...

    Yuvi...I know we Indians want to cling to the past. There is no doubt that he was at one stage the best player India had. Reality now is that I think Yuvi is still in trouble...His batting was scratchy and he has serious reaction time issues with fast bowling. Shami did a number on him and he was very lucky to survive. Unfortunately Mr. Dinesh Karthik did miss a trick there in not going after Yuvi with pace. I do hope Yuvi does well but I seriously doubt it. I do hope I am wrong! Best wishes Yuvi.

  • Shashwat on April 18, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    This year's IPL looks to be a very close fought one seeing the line ups of the teams, leaving MI CSK RCB KXIP, the other four are also tough sides SRH( Dhawan Warner Finch Steyn Bhuvi) KKR( Gambhir Kallis Narine Uthappa Morkel) RR(Watson Faulkner Smith Rahane) and even DD (Pietersen Taylor Duminy Shami Karthik)

    Awesome summer waiting!!

  • ashok on April 18, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @Crishantha Nanayakkara we all can understand your frustration for the flop SLPL.Anyway good luck for your future!

  • N on April 18, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Despite the administrative setbacks, it is heartening to see IPL bounce back so well. Just goes to show the power and passion of the Indian cricket fans. So many leagues like the SLPL have tried and failed miserably. The fan power is the main reason why Ed Smith called India the Brazil of cricket. Be it current international cricket greats like Kallis, KP, AB Gayle, etc. or the past stars like Akram, Vettori, Alan Donald, Kirsten, no one respects and loves international cricketers like Indian fans do, and that's something to be proud of as a fan of the game. Everyone (commentators, coaches, players, cheerleaders) looks happy at the IPL and that's how entertainment should be.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    yuvi is the best player for all format he is out of form littel bit but he is back and show what he can do for any bowler in world.

  • Nazir on April 18, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Well for now the Indians are playing the IPL in the Middleeast, soon the other games will follow too.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    I have question here about New Zealand players. How many nz players played key role in winning a team to win the title. I didn't watch all matches but many matches. I heard many hypes about them but very rarely any of nz players had done justice to their name. B macculam, ros taylor are most cases flops. Nz players are not good in this sub continental wicket. This corey anderson is most hyped and surely he is going to the great flop as other nz players. Only player could have shone in this condition is kane williamson who is the probably the best in nz in current time.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    You cannot compare international T20 with a club game like this. We all need to understand that IPL is a domestic tournament with some international flavor

  • Android on April 18, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    it will be interesting to see whether yuvraj can keep his consistency and also whether he performs against the sides with much better bowling(kkr, mi, csk and srh)..also rr with there pacers will pose a handful for him..but lets c..

  • Rakesh on April 18, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Yuvi got back in form!!! LOL When he came back to indian team a few month ago he scored 70+ agnst AUS but what happened to him after that?

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