Royal Challengers Bangalore 186-4 beat
Delhi Daredevils 170-7 by 16 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Bangalore
Yuvraj Singh's second consecutive Indian Premier League 2014 half-century helped set up a 16-run win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore over the Delhi Daredevils.
Unlike at the weekend, when his heroics with bat and ball could not force a win over the Rajasthan Royals, today was a different matter.
Yuvraj hit 68 not out in 29 balls and his innings put the home side on course for a hugely important win over bottom side Delhi.
With this win, Bangalore moved back into contention with eight points from 10 games (four wins), as many points as the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, trailing them only on run-rate.
Delhi have already been knocked out of the tournament’s final round with only four points from 10 games (two wins).
Chasing a tall order of 187 to win, Delhi were in trouble from the very start as reunited openers Quinton de Kock (6) and Murali Vijay (1) were back in the dugout in no time.
With the score reading 10 for two, Mayank Agarwal was joined by skipper Kevin Pietersen at the crease. Together they added 63 runs for the third wicket and in doing so, kept the run-rate ticking, as the 50-run mark came up in the seventh over.
In the 10th over of the innings though, Agarwal was dismissed by Abu Nechim (1-37) and two overs later Pietersen was stumped off leg-spinner Yuvendra Chahal (1-45).
It turned the tide against the Daredevils as they lost Dinesh Karthik (1) cheaply, even as the 100-run mark came up in the 13th over.
As ever it left a lot for the duo of JP Duminy and Kedhar Jadhav to do, and they did their bit for Delhi though once again it proved insufficient. Duminy scored a fine rearguard effort of 48 off 30 balls, with three fours and three sixes to his name.
He put on 45 runs with Jadhav for the sixth wicket, with the latter scoring an unbeaten 37 runs off 20 balls.
He hit three fours and two sixes, but when Duminy was dismissed in the 18th over, it knocked the wind out of the Daredevils’ efforts. Muttiah Muralitharan (2-25) and Mitchell Starc (2-24) proved to be the key bowled for the Royal Challengers on the day.
Earlier, Delhi won the toss and elected to bowl first. The hosts were off the block quickly with miraculously fit-again Chris Gayle getting a start for a change.
He struck one four and two sixes to score 22 runs off 23 balls, before he was bowled by Laxmi Ratan Shukla (1-31). In doing so, he put up 33 runs with Parthiv Patel, who allowed himself to settle down and then went on to score 29 runs off 28 balls, with four fours.
He stayed at the wicket long enough to see skipper Virat Kohli’s indifferent season continue as the star batsman was run out for just 10 runs.
It was a huge blow for Bangalore even as they crossed the 50-run mark in the ninth over. It was a low rate of scoring but Patel added 49 runs for the third wicket with AB de Villiers to provide another platform for Yuvraj.
De Villiers scored 33 runs off 17 balls, including four fours and one six, but for the second match running he was reduced to being a spectator as Yuvraj ran amok with some lusty hits.
The left-hander, who was woefully out of touch until last week, struck his second consecutive half-century and the third overall in this IPL season, bringing up the mark off only 24 balls, hitting one four and six sixes.
From the next five balls he faced, he scored another 18 runs, notching up a total of 68 unbeaten runs off 29 balls, hitting one four and nine sixes overall.
It helped Bangalore score 79 runs off the last 34 balls as Delhi Daredevils’ bled runs. Mohammad Shami (1-31) and Sidharth Kaul (1-37) were the other wicket-takers while Sachin Rana (15) was the other unbeaten batsman.
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