IPL 7: Bangalore Stay in Playoffs Contention With Win Over Delhi, Yuvraj Shines Again
In yet another explosive innings of 68 off just 28 balls, Yuvraj Singh justified his 14 crore price tag for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In result, RCB beat Delhi Daredevils by 16 runs on Tuesday after putting up 186/4, being put in to bat first. (All images BCCI)
In yet another explosive innings of 68 off just 28 balls, Yuvraj Singh justified his 14 crore price tag for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In result, RCB beat Delhi Daredevils by 16 runs on Tuesday after putting up 186/4, being put in to bat first. A rain delay of more than an hour made captains look ruffled at the toss. (All images BCCI)
When Royal Challengers Bangalore came out to bat, it looked like Chris Gayle would finally get a big knock when he started hitting some big ones. However, he was the first one to fall at 22 as Delhi's Rahul Shukla bowled him out.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli continued his dismal run with the bat as he was tragically run out for just 10 runs. A little later, Parthiv Patel followed him in the dugout after a 28-ball 29.
After Virat Kohli was run out, all eyes were on AB de Villiers to see if he could provide RCB the lift with yet another explosive knock. Although De Villiers did strike some clean blows during his 17-ball 33-run knock, he could not stay till the point fans expected him to.
What was to follow was complete madness from Yuvraj Singh. In his 29-ball 68, Yuvraj hit three sixes in a row two times and showed everyone that he is a class act. RCB posted a strong 186/4 in their 20 overs thanks to his herculean effort.
The best bowler from Delhi was Mohammad Shami who gave away 31 runs in his four overs besides taking a wicket.
During Delhi's innings, JP Duminy and Kevin Pietersen were given the responsibility to take their team to a miracle win after Bangalore got two early wickets and then removed the dangerous Mayank Agarwal (31) in the 10th over. Together, Duminy (48) and Pietersen (33) looked good but both were back in the dugout by the end of the 18th over with Delhi still needing 40 to win off 14 balls.
Kedar Jadhav (37* off 20 balls) struck some fierce blows along with JP Duminy to make Delhi's chase interesting for a while.
Mitchell Starc was accurate for Bangalore this time and this made skipper Kohli look very pleased. During his spell of 2/26 (4 overs), Starc got the crucial wicket of Duminy.
In his comeback game for RCB, legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan also impressed as he took two wickets for 25 runs in his four overs.