Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s winning streak came to an end as a phenomenal performance by Delhi Daredevils earned them a 17-run victory in the 20th match of the Indian Premier League here on Thursday.
Bangalore, who had been banking on their strong batting line-up to chase a competitive target of 184 runs, failed to get a strong partnership and losing wickets at regular intervals further deteriorated their pace. The final overs proved to be very crucial for them as they lost five wickets in the last five overs.
After winning the toss, skipper Anil Kumble asked the opponents, Delhi Daredevils, to bat first, a decision which was gladly welcome by his counterpart, Dinesh Karthik.
The Daredevils initially got off to a flying start, thanks to opener David Warner, who added 33 runs off just 14 balls. However, his cruise was cut short as Dale Steyn dismissed him for 33 runs that came off just 14 balls, thanks to his three boundaries and two maximums.
Later, Vinay Kumar got the second opener Virender Sehwag caught by Virat Kohli for 12 runs.
The loss of their openers did slow down Delhi Daredevils’s run-rate, but just by a minute margin. Timely boundaries and constant singles by Karthik (17) and AB de Villiers (45)led Delhi past the 100-run mark.
Finally, an exact half-century cameo by debutant Kedar Jadhav in the final overs helped his team post a super 183/4.
The campaign of 184 runs seemed to be in tatters for Royal Challengers Bangalore since the very beginning as none of the batsman could add decent score to their team’s total. Star batsman Jacques Kallis too failed to do some wonders as he could added just 27 runs before being bowled out by Amit Mishra. And over later, Andrew McDonald bowled out the second opener Manish Pandey for 39.
Bangalore’s plight did not end their as Rahul Dravid was run out a couple of deliveries later for just a run.
After sometime, Robin Uthappa’s random effort to raise his team’s score landed him in trouble as he was caught by skipper-cum-wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik off Amit Mishra’s delivery. Uthappa could add just 15 runs to his team’s total, which, after his dismissal, stood at 90/4 with just nine overs spareto reach the target.
Since then, there was no looking back for Delhi as they scalped the wickets of Eoin Morgan (17), Mark Boucher (2), Vinay Kumar (2), Praveen Kumar (0) and Dale Steyn (9) in the last five over to end Bangalore’s innings at 166/9 after the 20 overs.