Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore chose to bowl first.
Result: Match tied; Royal Challengers won in Super Over.
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RCB sent out the big guns in AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. Umesh Yadav bowled four excellent deliveries backed by perfect field placings from Mahela Jayawardene. Three singles and a dot ball were the result. Then it all went a bit pear shaped. Umesh wasn’t full enough with the fifth ball and de Villiers thumped him over midwicket. He was shorter still with the final ball de Villiers helped himself to six more to leave Dadedevils needing 16 to win.
Virender Sehwag did not come out for DD. David Warner and Ben Rohrer did. Ravi Rampaul got Warner to slash to Gayle first ball, but Irfan Pathan picked up 10 runs from the next three balls, including an audacious flick for six from outside offstump. But he couldn’t put away a full toss, getting only a single to square leg, and Rohrer had his offstump pegged back trying to hit the six off the final ball that DD needed to win.
After losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Super Over and to Chennai Super Kings off the last ball, Bangalore finally won a close game.
Delhi Daredevils: 152/5 (Jadhav 29*, Jaywardene 28, Unadkat 2-24)
Delhi started brightly with Sehwag going after Unadkat and Warner taking to RP Singh as the pair added 43 in 5.4 overs. But Warner’s dismissal - to a sharp return catch by Vinay Kumar after Warner slapped one straight back – slowed their momentum. Sehwag fell in the next over and though Jaywardene batted until the end of the18th over, Daredevils were not able to force the pace through the middle overs.
The dismissal of Jaywardene brought Irfan to the crease and he, together with Kedar Jadhav, plundered 30 from the final two overs. Irfan pulled Rampaul for four and Jadhav cracked the same bowler over midoff for six. Irfan then smashed RP Singh for four to the long-on boundary and then over the boundary for six to finish with 19 from 8 balls, while Jadhav’s 29 came from 16 balls.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 152/7 (Kohli 65, de Villiers 39, Yadav 2-22)
KL Rahul and Chris Gayle were both dismissed within the first four overs to leave RCB stuttering at 26 for 2. Virat Kohli and de Villiers then took control of the chase. The pair began to score runs at will, effectively toying with the bowling. Kohli thumped Nehra for four and a six in the same over while de Villiers carted Irfan for two fours, before Kohli lofted Nadeem for six.
The pair went on to add 100 from 70 balls and reduced the target to 24 runs from 26 balls when de Villiers decided to take a suicidal run and Morne Morkel made no mistake from midoff. That wicket sent panic through RCB’s dugout. Andew McDonald lasted two balls, Arun Karthik five and Syed Mohammad another two. When Kohli fell one ball after Mohammad, 129 for 2 had become 138 for 7 in 14 balls and Daredevils were right back in the game.
From less than a run a ball, RCB needed 12 from the final over, bowled by Irfan. Rampaul slashed the first ball over point for six, easing tensions and making RCB the favourties once again. Rampaul and Vinay Kumar worked the equation down to two from two before Rampaul swung and missed. With two needed off the final ball, Rampaul swung and missed again but the batsmen were able to get across for a bye to set-up the Super Over.
Royal Challengers won in the end but de Villers’ dismissal turned the game from a laugher into a nail biter. RCB were crusing at that point and should never let the match go down to the final few deliveries, leave alone a tie-breaker. But panic set in and Daredevils were able to claw their way back into the match.
Man of the Match: Virat Kohli