by Pulasta Dhar May 17, 2012 23:24 IST
WICKET! Delhi 194-9 after 20 overs
Umesh Yadav c Tiwary b Parameswaran 0 (2b, 0x4, 0x6)
A wicket off the last ball as Yadav looks to end the innings with style with a six. But he cannot quite clear the ropes, finding Tiwary waiting to take and rush into a celebration. This win means RCB still have a sniff at the play-off position.
WICKET! Delhi 192-8 after 19.3 overs
Andre Russell c Kohli b Parameswaran 31 (15b, 1x4, 3x6)
That should ideally do it for Bangalore, but it must be said that Delhi did a tremendous job of making this match a competitive one. Russell lumps one high into the air and Kohli takes it.
WICKET! Delhi 171-7 after 17.5 overs
Irfan Pathan c Dilshan b Khan 4 (4b, 0x4, 0x6)
Pathan comes down on his knees and thrashes one towards the mid-wicket boundary. But Dilshan's eyes are on the ball and he takes a sharp catch to end any hopes Delhi harboured to win this one.
WICKET! Delhi 159-6 after 16.2 overs
Ross Taylor c Agarwal b Vinay Kumar 55 (26b, 7x4, 2x6)
Well, he tried his best. Taylor, knowing the need for urgency, tries to pull one over square-leg but the fielder's well placed and RCB have taken their most important wicket of the match.
WICKET! Delhi 151-5 after 15.4 overs
Naman Ojha c Tiwary b Khan 13 (12b, 1x4, 0x6)
Taylor may face the tragedy of being not out till the end while his partners on the other end keep getting out. Ojha tries to thump one over long-on but the ball is too full and the shot ends up in the fielder's hands comfortably.
Delhi 149-4 after 15 overs
Taylor 55, Ojha 11
Taylor has kept some hope alive for Delhi. And it is because of the breakneck speed he is scoring at. He is trouncing every bad delivery toward the ropes, but if he can manage to turn those fours into sixes, then Delhi could pull off a stunner.
WICKET! Delhi 107-4 after 11.3 overs
Venugopal Rao c Patel b Muralitharan 36 (24b, 4x4, 1x6)
It was a brave innings from Venugopal, but to pull off a fairytale at the Feroz Shah Kotla is looking less and less likely with every wicket. A running Patel takes a fine catch at long-off to end his time at the crease.
Delhi 105-3 after 11 overs
Venugopal 35, Taylor 27
Taylor has raced away to 27 runs from just 11 deliveries. If it someone that Delhi will rely on now to pull off a miracle, then it is this man. He has taken a liking to Murali and has thumped three fours and a six to add some runs to Delhi's scoreboard.
WICKET! Delhi 69-3 after 8.1 overs
Mahela Jayawardene c de Villiers b Parameswaran 9 (14b, 0x4, 0x6)
When you lash at every other ball, one is bound to take a nick and fly to the keeper. That is exactly what happens as Jayawardene tries to reach a delivery way outside the off-stump.
Delhi 60-2 after 7 overs
Venugopal 19, Jayawardene 7
They are trying, the Daredevils are. But it may not be enough... they now need exactly two runs a ball to make sure they reach the mammoth target of 216. The only boundary in the last three overs came as Venugopal swept a bad Murali delivery towards fine-leg.
WICKET! Delhi 45-2 after 4.2 overs
Unmukt Chand c Patel b Vinay Kumar 18 (10b, 2x4, 1x6)
Well, Chand aimed for the moon and only found the fielder at mid-on. He did generate a few cheers from the Delhi fans after a couple of fours and lovely shot which cleared the boundary... but the asking rate is just too high to not try a shot at every ball.
WICKET! Delhi 17-1 after 1.4 overs
David Warner c Vinay Kumar b Khan 15 (9b, 2x4, 1x6)
Warner tried to do a Gayle after a couple of fours and a whipped six over covers. But a similar attempt on the very next ball sends the bat flying into the air. No one catches that, but Kumar does take the catch.
Delhi come out to bat
RCB 215-1 after 20 overs
Gayle 128, Kohli 73
It wasn't that explosive in the last two overs, with two sixes and two fours coming off it. Still, with 215 runs on the board, which Gayle called 'decent', RCB go in with a massive chance of winning.
RCB 189-1 after 18 overs
Gayle 120, Kohli 56
Kohli also reaches his landmark... which is half the score which Gayle is on. He has continued smacking the sixes-- getting three in the last two overs. He has now scored a dozen sixes and they are all over 100 metres in distance.
CENTURY! RCB 128-1 after 16.1 overs
Gayle 100, Kohli 48
Wow! Gayle has just taken a single! On a serious note, the man has gone berserk again...hammering three sixes in a row before settling down to finish his hundred with a quick single. Kohli on the other end has ably supported him and is edging closer to his fifty.
RCB 128-1 after 14 overs
Gayle 78, Kohli 38
In the last three overs, Kohli has scored one run. Gayle, on the other hand has scored 44 runs—courtesy of for sixes and three fours. He now holds the top five positions in the biggest sixes of IPL list. Unbelievable? Believe it.
RCB 83-1 after 11 overs
Gayle 34, Kohli 37
Gayle has clubbed another six over long-on after Kolhi's shot raced to the boundary line for four. The runs are coming thick and fast for Bangalore and Delhi look desperate for a wicket.
RCB 64-1 after 8 overs
Gayle 26, Kohli 26
Gayle has begun his blitz. Two fours and massive six make sure he gets to 600 runs in this edition of the IPL. And as usual, he makes it look so easy...
RCB 39-1 after 5 overs
Gayle 9, Kohli 19
Since the fall of Dilshan, six shots have gone on to the boundary ropes. Four out of those have been off the bat of Kohli and Gayle has smacked a couple. Top shots from both batsmen as Delhi are struggling in the powerplay.
WICKET! RCB 11-1 after 2.2 overs
Tillekaratne Dilshan c Pathan b Aaron 10 (7b, 2x4, 0x6)
Back-to-back boundaries for RCB and surprisingly they're not from Gayle's bat. Dilshan started off well with those two fours, but then he gets a leading edge straight to the fielder at mid-on.
Delhi Daredevils have won the toss and will bowl first
Delhi Daredevils: David Warner, Unmukt Chand, Mahela Jayawardene, Naman Ojha, Ross Taylor, Y Venugopal Rao, Irfan Pathan, Andre Russell, Pawan Negi, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, Prasanth Parameswaran, Muttiah Muralitharan
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