Delhi Daredevils 137-7 after 20 overs
Morkel 2, Bracewell 12
It was not much of a competition in the last over, with Delhi needing 22 off the last ball to win. All they got was a single and handshakes from the winners. Excellent victory for Bangalore, who can take this momentum into the next game.
WICKET! Delhi Daredevils 131-7 after 19 overs
Irfan Pathan run out 24 (15)
The pressure was just too much and it was make or break as Pathan went for a risky two-runs. Zaheer throws from deep square-leg and de Villiers takes off the bails. That should be the victory for RCB.
WICKET! Delhi Daredevils 115-6 after 17 overs
Yogesh Nagar c Patel b Vettori 16 (15)
Nagar tries to hard to hit a turning delivery and you can see it is a loose shot after a one-handed follow-on. Rightfully, it ends up in Patel’s hands at deep point and Nagar is infuriated with himself.
Delhi Daredevils 105-5 after 16 overs
Pathan 15, Nagar 9
Murali finishes his overs quota with an expensive one. Pathan starts to attack and to good effect as he swats one over long-off for six and then chooses the leg-side for a four. He can do the damage for Delhi as they desperately squander for some runs.
WICKET! Delhi Daredevils 83-5 after 13.4 overs
Venugopal Rao c Agarwal b McDonald 18 (23)
The change in pace from McDonald has been troubling the batsmen since a long time. His variation does the trick again as a quicker delivery catches Rao off guard and he chooses the wrong shot on it, trying to clear the off-side. Agarwal runs in from his long-off position and takes a fantastic diving catch- inches away from the ground.
WICKET! Delhi Daredevils 76-4 after 11.4 overs
Glenn Maxwell c Khan b Muralitharan 3 (4)
We’ve been talking about batting all along, but it seems Muralitharan has stepped into a time-machine, rewound a few years back in time, successfully spreading his web of magic to scalp his third wicket. Maxwell tries to sweep him and it is not a good idea as is soon proved when his top edge is caught by Zaheer Khan in the fine-leg area.
WICKET! Delhi Daredevils 68-3 after 9.5 overs
Aaron Finch lbw b Muralitharan 25 (24)
A solid innings comes to an end but maybe it’s the start of a great spell for Murali? Intelligent bowling from the Lankan, inviting Finch on the front foot and giving very little turn to the ball. Finch gets caught right in front of the stumps and it’s an easy lbw decision.
WICKET! Delhi Daredevils 55-2 after 7.3 overs
Naman Ojha c Virat b Muralitharan 33 (26)
That’s a quality wicket and very well worked by skipper and bowler. A short slip is placed for the legendary spinner and he delivers the perfect ball. Ojha lashes out at it and Kohli takes a smart catch. Was almost out of a test match that one.
Delhi Daredevils 46-1 after 6 overs
Ojha 28, Finch 17
Vinay Kumar has been the better bowler in spite of Zaheer getting the early breakthrough. The former bowls a tight over before Zaheer wastes his hard work, going for two boundaries as Ojha exploits the room provided to whack one past point before picking up a full delivery over mid-on. His latest four was a bit lucky though, but runs away past third man.
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Delhi Daredevils 30-1 after 3 overs
Ojha 14, Finch 15
After that early shock in the form of Sehwag’s wicket, Ojha has taken over the baton to attack. He deflects one over the slips for four before lifting one off his pads for a huge six. Delhi need an early partnership more than anything and both these batsmen are looking to forge that.
WICKET! Delhi Daredevils 13-1 after 0.5 overs
Virender Sehwag c Pujara b Zaheer 0 (1)
Can you believe it? Aaron Finch starts the run chase with three fours in the first three deliveries before Sehwag gets strike. The most dangerous Indian batsman finds the room to drive- drives, and it’s gracefully taken at short cover point. Massive wicket.
Delhi Daredevils come out to bat
Bangalore 157-8 after 20 overs
Vinay Kumar c Morkel b Bracewell 18 (16)
Harshal Patel b Bracewell 0 (1)
Two wickets in the last two deliveries for Delhi, but what a show of batting from de Villiers and Vinay Kumar, who surprised everyone with a scooped shot past fine-leg which went for four. He did his job pretty well but tell you what, de Villiers was absolutely sensational in taking RCB to this total. With the situation they were in, it is remarkable to set a target of 158 for Delhi.
Bangalore 147 after 19 overs
AB de Villiers 59, Kumar 13
Stunning, just stunning from de Villiers as he switches to left-hand bat and diverts a low full-toss from Irfan over the keeper’s head for six…and as if that was not enough, he reverse sweeps the very next ball for four past fine leg…or was it third man? Incredible batting!
Bangalore 121-6 of after 17 overs
AB de Villiers 42, Kumar 4
De Villiers has shown some grit today, sticking it out in the middle order and playing some intelligent shots. He has looked for the odd bad ball and gone for it, just like he glanced away a boundary towards fine leg before scoring another well timed sweep in the same region. At the rate the wickets fell for Bangalore, they have done extremely well to reach this total with three overs till to go.
WICKET! Bangalore 103-6 after 14.2 overs
Daniel Vettori run out 3 (4)
On one end, de Villiers has clubbed one over long-off for six and on the other, Daniel Vettori attempts a quick run and fails. Both the ‘Wells’ combine as Bracewell throws it to Maxwell and the RCB skipper is well off the crease as the bails fly.
WICKET! Bangalore 85-5 after 12.2 overs
Mayank Agarwal c Nagar b Nadeem 16 (15)
He has been very impressive with his shot-play till now- especially the six he picked off his legs and over mid-wicket, but greed does him in. He cannot calculate Nadeem’s spin and tries to go over long-off for another big one and fails. Easy catch for Nagar- second of the match.
Bangalore 75-4 after 11 overs
AB de Villiers 14, Agarwal 8
It has obviously quietened down in Bangalore after the hosts lost so many wickets in quick succession. The plan now will be to see off the 20 overs and set a fair target. It has been more than three overs since a boundary and Agarwal doesn’t quite like it that way- so he opens the face of his bat and diverts a short delivery for four in the deep point region.
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WICKET! Bangalore 59-4 after 8.1 overs
Saurabh Tiwary lbw b Maxwell 1 (3)
This could be a massive decision in the favour of Delhi. It wasn’t a great appeal from Maxwell, but the umpire considers it and shows the dreaded finger. Replays show a thick inside edge before it hit Tiwary’s pads.
WICKET! Bangalore 56-3 after 7.2 overs
Virat Kohli c Nagar b Bracewell 8 (8)
Kohli looked to be settling down and a boundary past covers must have done good for his confidence. He tries another drive through the offside from Bracewell’s delivery, but it is uppish and Nagar collects a sharp take at point. Big big wicket for Delhi!
WICKET! Bangalore 46-2 after 6 overs
Andrew McDonald c Maxwell b Morkel 30 (19)
He has been twice lucky but could not on it for long. McDonald, just after slamming another boundary past mid-off, takes a step back and looks to clear the mid-wicket region, but Bracewell keeps running towards the high ball and takes a sensational running-diving catch. That is a contender for catch of the tournament. Surely is.
WICKET! Bangalore 37-1 after 3.5 overs
Cheteshwar Pujara c Pathan b Morkel 11 (12)
He tries one big shot too many and falls for the short ball, heaving it towards the leg side, only to find Pathan waiting at deep square leg.
Bangalore 34-0 after 3.2 overs
Pujara 9, McDonald 25
Irfan Pathan will hope he doesn’t look back at this over of his at the end of the match. McDonald doesn’t care about the swing anymore, absolutely bashing the left-armer. He scores three fours- one past offside, one past the covers and one through the on-side. Oh by the way, there was a HUGE six over long on too. 19 from that over before Pujara added more woe to Delhi’s bowlers by smashing a four over the head of the umpire via Morkel’s bowling.
Bangalore 11-0 after 2 overs
Pujara 4, McDonald 7
The ball really swinging early on but the batsmen get the whiff of it, probing at the first few deliveries before Andrew McDonald impatiently drives past the offside twice in a row- one dropped at point by Maxwell and the other just clearing the ropes for six. There’s the good start for you, along with some luck.
Delhi Daredevils:Naman Ojha, Virender Sehwag, Aaron Finch, Venugopal Rao, Glenn Maxwell, Morne Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Yogesh Nagar, Doug Bracewell, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem
Royal Challengers: Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary, Andrew McDonald, Mayank Agarwal, Daniel Vettori, AB de Villiers, Vinay Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, Muttiah Muralitharan
Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to field.
For Daniel Vettori’s Bangalore, it would be their first outing of the season and with an explosive line-up of batsmen, West Indian swashbuckler Chris Gayle being their biggest star, the almost-there team of 2011 would look to go the whole hog this time.
Besides Gayle, Bangalore would also expect fireworks from the Indian national team’s in-form batsman Virat Kohli.
Daredevils, on the other hand, have got the perfect start to their campaign after Irfan Pathan scored a brisk unbeaten 42 to guide them to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-curtailed 12-overs-a-side lung-opener last night.