Bangalore Pummel Delhi Daredevils In One-Sided Contest
RCB 99-0 (Gayle 62 no) beat
DD 95 (Jadhav 33) by 10 wickets
26th match, IPL in Delhi
Mitchell Starc and Chris Gayle were in intimidating form as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) absolutely thrashed the Delhi Daredevils (DD) in a one-sided game, winning by 10 wickets at Feroz Shah Kotla, in the 26th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
RCB won the toss yet again and chose to field once again.
Starc (3-20) bowled a brilliant first over, giving away just two runs but getting one of DD’s best batsmen this season, Shreyas Iyer (0) the first ball he faced, trapping him in front of the stumps with an in-swinging yorker.
Mayank Agarwal (27) and JP Duminy (13) tried to get the innings to move, taking Varun Aaron (2-24) for 20 runs in his first two overs, including a top-edged pull that went for a six.
However, David Weise (2-18) in the last over of the power-play got one to move back from length getting a faint edge from Duminy that was gratefully accepted by Dinesh Karthik who is now the wicket-keeper with most dismissals in the IPL.
The wicket of Duminy kick-started a collapse.
Aaron bowled a fast and furious over getting the two big wickets of Yuvraj Singh (2) and Angelo Mathews (0) off successive balls.
Yuvraj nicked one to the wicket-keeper, a back of length fast delivery outside off. Mathews got one in his ribs that he lobbed to AB de Villiers at short mid-wicket.
Those proved to be decisive blows, Aaron eventually winning man-of-the-match.
Kedar Jadhav (33) and Mayank tried to restore some sanity adding 28 in 34 balls. DD crawled to 67 for five after 12.1 overs.
However, Iqbal Abdulla (1-17) reignited the lower-order collapse beating an advancing Agarwal in flight and presenting a simple stumping opportunity for Karthik.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (4) smashed one four in an eight-ball knock, trapped in front of the wickets by a full delivery from Wiese.
Jadhav tried to get some runs quickly squeezing two full deliveries from Starc for fours. But, in the same over, DD lost another, Starc’s yorker sending Amit Mishra’s (2) off stump for a walk.
DD were eventually bowled out for 95 in 18.2 overs, the joint lowest total of this IPL.
All the bowlers did well for RCB with Harshal Patel (1-14) also contributing with Jadhav’s wicket towards the end though the pick of the bowlers were Starc and Aaron who shared five wickets between them.
The target was way too small for RCB’s daunting line-up. Yet, they made an absolute mockery of it.
Gayle (62 not out) pulled out all stops as he exploded with a six and two fours in the second over by Domnic Muthuswami (0-14).
He didn’t spare Coulter-Nile (0-30) either slicing an extra-cover six in the fifth over.
RCB raced away to 50 for no loss after the six power-play overs, but they were in no mood to slow down.
Virat Kohli (35 not out), circumspect until then, smashed a gorgeous cover drive and then a pull off Mishra (0-25), followed by an imperious square cut off Imran Tahir (0-20) to turn the game into a no-contest.
Gayle slog-swept Tahir for a six to bring up his 50 in just 29 balls.
The opening pair proceeded to finish the game with a flurry of boundaries, a four and a six off Mishra and then after a tight over by Mathews, couple of fours off Coulter-Nile.
RCB chased down the target in just 10.3 overs. Gayle’s 40-ball knock had six fours and four sixes.
The DD bowlers hardly had anything to defend and with Gayle in murderous form, none of them could work any magic.
Meanwhile, RCB thanks to the massive win, move up to fourth place with three wins and three losses in six games boosting their net run-rate to over 0.5. Delhi Daredevils move down to fifth.
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