Both teams played hard, battled harder but the match at the Feroze Shah Kotla between the Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore had to have just one winner. A look at Tuesday's match. (AFP Photo)
Daniel Vettori won the toss and put his team on the field first up despite the reputation of David Warner (in pic) and Virender Sehwag.
Zaheer Khan found success early on though and sent back Warner in the fifth over to draw first blood for the visitors.
Virender Sehwag on the other end looked defiant as ever as he timed his shots well to race to a 18-ball 25.
The Delhi skipper struck three boundaries in his innings but got caught short to a run out to be declared out and be sent back to the dug-out.
It was James Hopes who steadied the innings and scored a commendable 56 while his partner for most parts in Venugopal Rao too played well for his 24.
Two hits beyond the ropes from Naman Ojha eventually took the Daredevils to a defend-able total of 160 runs.
The bowlers gave a splendid start to the hosts once the chase began. Ashok Dinda removed Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second ball of the second innings.
The other opener in Chris Gayle though had no intentions of joining Dilshan as he smashed four boundaries and a six on his way to a 14-ball 26.
Gayle was partnered well by Virat Kohli who eventually overtook him and took over the main controls of the chase.
Despite the eventual exit of Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers' run-out, Kohli helped himself to a 43-ball 54.
The match though turned on its head once Morne Morkel bowled Virat Kohli and returned to remove Abhimanyu Mithun.
The once confident mood in the Royal Challengers camp turned pensive as Bangalore found the going tough with the flurry of wickets. No hugs and definitely no kisses.
Daniel Vettori however came to the crease and took the match away rather comfortably with three balls to spare.
Smiles returned to the RCB camp as the team took the 3-wicket win and got the second place in the points table after the match.
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