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Quinton de Kock (Man of the Match): Was a good wicket, and had to capitalise while I could have. I haven't really been in a form like this.
Zaheer (Delhi Daredevils captain): Special effort by Quinton and Karun to chase down such a big total. Special mention has to be there for Morris and Shami both. Thanks to the last four overs (of the Bangalore innings), we had a genuine chance of chasing down on this track.
What a fantastic game on display today. Brilliant half-centuries from Kohli and de Villiers built the platform for a 220-plus total for RCB, before some tight bowling in the death overs by Mohammed Shami and co. gave Delhi a fighting chance. There was little to fret thereafter, as Quinton de Kock played the innings of a lifetime, and his 134-run partnership with Karun Nair took the game away from RCB. Nair remains unbeaten on 54 off 42 balls as Delhi Daredevils beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets!
After 19.1 overs,Delhi 192/3 ( Karun Nair 54 , JP Duminy 8)
Comical end to the game, as Duminy takes a single off the first ball of the final over with the help of overthrows. And Delhi Daredevils win their second game on the trot, this time defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in the latter's backyard!
After 19 overs,Delhi 191/3 ( Karun Nair 54 , JP Duminy 7)
OUT! de Kock's marathon innings finally comes to an end as he is caught behind while attempting a pull off a short ball from Watson. Meanwhile, Duminy, who has just arrived at the crease, gets off the mark with a boundary towards extra-cover! Takes a double off the penultimate ball, before taking a single off the last ball to bring the equation down to one needed off six.
OUT! de Kock's outstanding innings finally comes to an end as he edges behind the wicket while attempting a pull off a short ball from Watson. Even the bowler is clapping for him as he walks back with a score of 108 off 51 balls, having smashed 15 fours and three sixes. Delhi however, need just 8 off 10 balls, with Duminy coming to the centre!
After 18 overs,Delhi 183/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 108 , Karun Nair 53)
Wiese into the attack. Nair takes a single off the second ball to hand the strike back to de Kock, who is batting on 99 off 47 balls. CENTURY FOR DE KOCK IN 48 BALLS! First ton of IPL 9! What an innings by the South African wicketkeeper batsman! He already is a star in the format by now! FOUR! 14th four for de Kock, as he top-edges the ball away towards fine third-man! Consecutive boundaries! Just nine needed off 12 deliveries now!
After 17 overs,Delhi 171/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 99 , Karun Nair 51)
SIX! Nair moves to 49 with a straight six off a length delivery off the first ball of the 17th over by Harshal. Fifty for Nair in just 36 balls, and boy has he played his part in this incredible chase! Meanwhile, the chase has been reduced to a cakewalk at the moment, thanks to some incredible batting between de Kock and Nair. FOUR! de Kock moves to 99 with a scoop over fine-leg, with 13 coming off the 17th over. 21 needed off the last 18 balls.
After 16 overs,Delhi 158/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 94 , Karun Nair 43)
Aravind comes in for his third over, with de Kock 11 runs away from his century. FOUR! Nair scoops a full-toss away towards fine-leg to bring up the 100-run stand with de Kock. FOUR! Slapped away towards deep cover, and de Kock enters the 90s. 12 runs off the 16th over, and de Kock is a hit away from bringing up the first century of the ongoing tournament!
After 15 overs,Delhi 146/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 88 , Karun Nair 37)
In desperation, Kohli turns to Watson for some magic at a time when Delhi are charging towards the target rampantly! FOUR de Kock hammers the ball down the ground as the required rate dips below nine. 10 runs off the 15th over, and Delhi need 46 to win from 30 balls with eight wickets in hand.
After 14 overs,Delhi 136/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 81 , Karun Nair 36)
De Kock's given a freebie in the 14th over in the form of a free-hit off a front-foot no-ball. Pulls majestically towards square-leg, and follows it up with a boundary behind square. De Kock's batting on 81 off 39 balls, having smashed 10 fours and three sixes, and looks set to lead his side to victory. 56 needed off 36 balls with eight wickets in hand.
After 13 overs,Delhi 116/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 70 , Karun Nair 28)
Chahal into the attack, and de Kock lofts him over long-on for a massive six! Single off the 2nd. rest of the over dealt in singles. 11 runs off the over, and the Daredevils need another 76 to win from 42 balls.
After 11 overs,Delhi 100/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 58 , Karun Nair 25)
Rasool comes in for his third over, as the de Kock-Nair partnership is beginning to look good at the moment! Run-out chance in the fifth ball, but Nair dives to safety at the non-striker's end. Meanwhile, the 50-run stand as well as the 100 for DD is completed at the end of the over.
After 10 overs,Delhi 93/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 52 , Karun Nair 24)
FOUR! Nair pulls away with confidence towards midwicket! Plenty of runs coming in for DD at the moment! Fifty for Quinton de Kock in just 22 deliveries, and the wicketkeeper-batsman gets to the mark with a boundary towards backward square-leg. 12 runs scored off the 10th over, and the Daredevils reach 93/2. Need another 99 to win from 60 balls.
After 9 overs,Delhi 81/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 46 , Karun Nair 18)
SIX! de Kock welcomes Harshal Patel into the attack with a flick towards backward square-leg! FOUR! Short ball just outside off from Patel, and Nair uppercuts it towards fine third man! 14 runs scored off the ninth over of the innings.
After 8 overs,Delhi 67/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 39 , Karun Nair 11)
Wiese comes in for the eighth over, and starts off with a wide off his first delivery of the day. The South African all-rounder bowls well for the most part in the over, before Nair spoils the proceedings by coming down the track and hammering the ball through extra-cover!
After 7 overs,Delhi 62/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 39 , Karun Nair 7)
Chahal into the attack now, and Nair executes a superb reverse sweep off the first ball of the seventh over. FOUR! De Kock ends the over with a cut through backward point, with the ball beating the fielders in the race towards the boundary. 11 runs off the over, and the hitting has helped Delhi take some pressure off their shoulders.
After 6 overs,Delhi 51/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 34 , Karun Nair 1)
Last over of the powerplay, and Watson comes in for his 2nd over, and Samson is struggling to score runs. Three dots off the first three deliveries, and Samson crumbles under pressure when he serves Chahal a dolly at midwicket while attempting a pull off a short delivery. Karun Nair takes a single off the last ball, preventing what would have been a wicket-maiden over.
OUT! Samson falls cheaply, and it is Watson who gets the important breakthrough just before the powerplay. Attempts a pull of a short delivery, and ends up serving a simple catch to Chahal at midwicket to depart for 9. DD lose their 2nd wicket 50 on board.
Sanju Samson c Chahal b Watson 9(14)
After 5 overs,Delhi 50/1 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 34 , Sanju Samson 9)
FOUR! Fuller delivery along middle from Rasool, and de Kock despatches it away towards deep backward point. De Kock is targetting the off-side very well right now. 50 comes up for Delhi in the fifth over.
After 4 overs,Delhi 42/1 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 29 , Sanju Samson 6)
Watson into the attack now. Four! Full toss, and de Kock slices it past backward point! Watson goes for height in the fourth ball, and the ball is adjudged a wide. Misfield by Harshal Patel at extra-cover gives DD some extra runs off the final ball of the over.
After 3 overs,Delhi 33/1 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 24 , Sanju Samson 3)
FOUR! Short and outside off, and de Kock does not hesitate in executing a cut to send the ball away towards deep point! Nine runs off the third over. Meanwhile, Sanju Samson gets off the mark in the over.
After 2 overs,Delhi 24/1 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 17 , Sanju Samson 1)
Spin in the second over, with Rasool coming in to bowl. FOUR! de Kock continues his offensive as he cuts the second delivery towards deep cover. FOUR MORE! Driven away towards the same region as de Kock enters double figures. FOUR! de Kock is denting Rasool's confidence as he cuts the final ball of the over towards deep backward point! Big over for Delhi, with 13 coming off it!
After 1 overs,Delhi 11/1 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 5 , )
Quinton de Kock and Shreyas Iyer walk out to bat, with Aravind bowling the first over. FOUR! Cut away towards deep point off the very first ball! de Kock, who hit a match-winning fifty in the previous game, signals his intent at the start of the match. FIVE WIDES. Pitched wide outside leg, and the ball runs down towards fine-leg. Outside edge off Iyer's bat, and the ball lands just short of the keeper!
OUT! What a catch! Iyer skies the ball straight towards the long-on boundary, and Watson takes a brilliant running catch. He realizes that he is about to cross the boundary rope, and throws the ball back inside. Wiese completes the dismissal with a fine dive, stopping just short of the rope. Iyer has to depart for a four-ball duck as DD lose their first wicket with 11 on board!
Great comeback by Delhi Daredevils in the last four overs of the innings, as RCB finish nine runs shy of 200. The home side will be a bit disappointed, as the early push by Kohli and ABD made a total in excess of 220 very likely.
After 20 overs,Bangalore 191/5 ( Kedar Jadhav (W) 9 , David Wiese 5)
Final over of the innings, and Morris steams in. Single off the first ball. 200 looks like a very difficult prospect now. Singles off the next three deliveries, as Morris does not give away anything at all! Turning out to be a brilliant final over, with a dot off the fifth ball. FOUR! Jadhav finishes off in style, slicing the full-toss over cover, as RCB finish on 191/5 after 20 overs.
After 19 overs,Bangalore 183/5 ( Kedar Jadhav (W) 3 , David Wiese 3)
OUT! Shami does it again for DD, with Kohli departing after serving a catch to Shreyas Iyer at long-on to depart for 79. Meanwhile, DD make a good comeback in the death overs, and have a genuine chance of restricting RCB to below 200. Brilliant fielding in the third ball near deep midwicket to prevent the boundary. Wiese, who walks out to bat after Kohli's dismissal, gets a single off his first ball. Six runs come off the over, and Shami finishes with 2 for 34 from four overs.
OUT! Shami at it again, as Kohli serves a catch to Iyer at long-on to depart for 79 off 48 deliveries, with RCB losing their fifth wicket with 177 on board.
Virat Kohli c Shreyas Iyer b Mohammed Shami 79(48)
After 18 overs,Bangalore 177/4 ( Virat Kohli (C) 79 , Kedar Jadhav (W) 2)
Morris into the attack for the 18th over, and starts off with a dot off the first ball. Meanwhile Kohli's batting on 76 off 44 balls at the moment. Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman at the crease, and he gets an inside edge towards fine-leg to hadn the strike back to Kohli, who gets a double off the fifth ball. Retains strike for the 19th over with a single.
After 17 overs,Bangalore 173/4 ( Virat Kohli (C) 76 , Kedar Jadhav (W) 1)
SIX! Shami into the attack after the timeout, and gets whacked for a straight six by Watson! OUT! Watson's innings comes to an end after he serves Morris a simple catch at short fine-leg off an attempted pull off a short ball along leg. Meanwhile, young dynamite Sarfaraz Khan walks out to bat, and gets off the mark off his first ball. OUT! Shami prevents Sarfaraz from causing any further damage with some superb fielding, running him out with a direct hit as RCB lose their fourth wicket with 172 on board.
OUT! Sarfaraz attempts a quick single, but is sent back after Shami collects the ball. Direct hit results in Sarfaraz's dismissal for 1, as RCB lose their fourth with 172 on board. Brilliant stuff from Shami!
Sarfaraz Khan run out (Shami) 1(2)
OUT! Soft dismissal as Watson attempts a hook off a short delivery along the leg stump, serving Morris a simple catch at short fine-leg instead. End of the 63-run partnership between Kohli and Watson, as the latter departs for 33 off 19 balls.
Shane Watson c Chris Morris b Mohammed Shami 33(19)
After 16 overs,Bangalore 164/2 ( Virat Kohli (C) 75 , Shane Watson 27)
Zak back into the attack! Can he arrest the slide at this stage of the innings? In any case he has only one over left in the innings. SIX! Watto goes for the ramp shot off a full-toss, and the ball disappears over the fine-leg boundary! FOUR! Kohli reaches out for a wide full-toss, and pats it away through the gap between cover and extra-cover! SIX! Just a flick of the wrist, and Kohli brings up the 50-stand with Kohli with a six over cow-corner! FOUR! Kohli flicks the full-toss away towards midwicket as 21 runs come off Zaheer's final over!
After 15 overs,Bangalore 143/2 ( Virat Kohli (C) 61 , Shane Watson 20)
Mishra into the attack for the 15th over, and the ball turns square in the first delivery. Watson plays against the turn in the 2nd ball, and sends it down towards long-on for a single. SIX! Full and outside off — perfect recipe for a six over extra-cover for Kohli! FOUR! Reverse sweep this time, and the ball beats the fielder at short third-man! 13 runs scored in the 15th over!
After 14 overs,Bangalore 130/2 ( Virat Kohli (C) 50 , Shane Watson 18)
SIX! Watson into the act now, as he smashes the half-volley from Brathwaite for a straight six! FOUR! Flicks the third ball of the over towards midwicket for a one-bounce boundary! Watto has waited enough, and looks to slay the opposition! FOUR MORE! Glances the next ball down towards fine-leg! 16 runs scored off the 14th over!
Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will aim to continue their promising start to the season when they take on Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.
RCB had produced an excellent all-round show in their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in this same venue. putting up 227, courtesy of some healthy contributions from Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan. They romped home by 45 runs, with Shane Watson and Parvez Rasool bowling exceptionally well.
South African veteran AB de Villiers and India team star Virat Kohli had produced an awesome batting display to help them to a massive total of 227. Young batsman Sarfaraz Khan, who plundered 35 runs off just 10 balls, is also in excellent form.
Shane Watson and Parvez Rasool followed up with exceptional efforts with the ball as RCB registered a comfortable 45-run victory.
The RCB’s batting looks more or less settled with Chris Gayle and Kohli opening the batting. The West Indies star could not get going in the first match and will be eager to make amends on Sunday. The opening pair are followed by de Villers and Shane Watson. The likes of Sarfaraz, Kedar Jhadav and Rasool are also useful with the bat.
Delhi on the other hand, had a poor start as they lost their opening match in Kolkata. But they bounced back on Friday with an eight-wicket thrashing of Kings XI Punjab. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra showcased his class with a haul of 4/11 in three overs while skipper Zaheer Khan returned to form after a poor outing against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The former India pacer gave away just 14 runs in his four over while claiming a wicket.
Quinton de Kock played a starring role in the victory against Punjab with an unbeaten half-century. He will be expected to come up with another useful contribution against RCB. The likes of Carlos Ricardo Brathwaite and Jean-Paul Duminy will also relish the chance to bat on the helpful track here.
With both teams having several power hitters in their ranks, Sunday's game could be a high scoring one. The wicket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is helpful for batting and scores of 200 or more cannot be ruled out. The Delhi bowlers in particular, will have their task cut out against the likes of Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers and Watson.
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Updated Date: Apr 17, 2016 23:50:00 IST
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