Delhi had their IPL debutant Kedar Jadhav to thank for raising them to the score of 183, after they had lost their big guns - Virender Sehwag, David Warner, Dinesh Karthik and AB de Villiers before the final overs. Delhi badly needed the final push to get a score that could challenge the in-form Bangalore batting, and Jadhav provided the fireworks with an innings that was smart and aggressive.
Warner gave Delhi a great start, but in the absence of Gautam Gambhir, and with Tillakaratne Dilshan out of the game, Delhi were thin on batting resources. Their problems were compounded by the loss of Sehwag and Karthik. Jadhav got his eye in, in the company of de Villiers and the responsibility would have been on the senior partner to turn it on in the end. But de Villiers' departure put Jadhav in a tough situation for a youngster.
He responded brilliantly, one the eve of his 25th birthday, with a refreshing innings. He began with an unconventional pull for four down to long on, before opening up against Jacques Kallis in the 15th over, with a six and a four. After de Villiers' departune he took over the reins in the last three overs, finding the boundaries off Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar and Dale Steyn to finish with a flourish. He finished with 50 off 29 and gave Delhi a score that eventually proved unassailable.