Royal Challengers Bangalore Back in Game Post Inflicting 10-Wicket Defeat on Delhi Daredevils

April 27 09:14 2015

chris gayleNew Delhi, Monday, April 27 – When rain played spoilsport at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, where defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals were slated to play against each other, all eyes were stuck on the crucial contest between Delhi daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

The brand new season of Indian Premier League caught the eyes right from the beginning even though many predicted that overdose of cricket during February and March might be a key reason for its failure. However, slowly and steadily, people started turning up in the stadiums to back their favorite teams. Eight squads ensured their participation with one aim and that is to lift the winner’s trophy. Standings of the ‘playing XIs’ changed from time to time but RR actually deserved words of praise for outstandingly performing well from the very first game.

Amid all stupendous shows up till now, it was Royal Challengers Bangalore that got its confidence back by inflicting a humiliating and unimaginable 10-wicket defeat on Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. It was not the first occasion when DD were trashed in front of home crowd and story was no different against RCB – a team that needed a victory to climb up in the points table and come in top 4, replacing Delhi daredevils from the standings.

Post winning the toss, Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to field first – a common attitude shown by the skippers in IPL match this year.  The day entirely belonged to Virat Kohli’s men who sent Delhi Daredevils on the back foot from first over of the match when Mitchell Starc made Shreyas Iyer to succumb at a zero. Pressure started building up then and there. JP Duminy, the captain of DD, tried to take the increasing stress away and hit a couple of fours but soon his play was ended by David Wiese.

The left-handed batsman was dismissed at a score of 13 runs. Mayank Agarwal kept looking forward to build a partnership with upcoming players, however nothing such happened as Varun Aaron was on a hat-trick bowl after taking wickets of Yuvraj Singh (2 runs off 5 balls) and Angelo Mathews, who was out for a duck. The wicketkeeper-batsman Kedar Jadhav emerged as a ray of hope and made efforts to give a hand to the opener Agarwal, who was left with no option other than to play safe as four crucial wickets were down post adding just 15 runs in totality.

The 24-year-old Bengaluru born cricketer was taken by surprise when Iqbal Abdulla bowled a beautiful delivery in the first ball of 13th over. Agarwal had to depart at 27 runs, together with a boundary and six. It was now Jadhav’s turn to eye partnership but he did not succeed in view of the fact that Nathan Coulter-Nile, Amit Mishra and Shahbaz Nadeem were out at 4, 2 and 2 runs, respectively. The right-handed middle-order batsman Jadhav after contributing 33 runs in 29 balls, including 4 fours, fell short to Harshal Patel. All hopes died down the moment Domnic Joseph turned a run-out victim at a time when accumulating runs were indispensable. Imran Tahir remained unbeaten at 3 runs.

With the run rate of 5.18 per over, Delhi Daredevils put a feeble total of 95 runs on the scoreboard. They can’t even bat for whole 20 overs. The scores could have crossed the mark of 100 had DD players been able to bat on remaining 10 balls. Nothing could have been an easy chase for Royal Challengers Bangalore than this score and they did it easily without letting destructive hitter of the ball AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Mitchell Starc, Iqbal Abdulla, Varun Aaron, Sarfaraz Khan, David Wiese and Harshal Patel come on the crease.

It was Kohli (35 runs off 23 balls; 6 x 4) and Chris Gayle (62 runs of 40 balls; 6 x 4 and 4 x 6) who made RCB log a triumph that should spur them put best foot forward in upcoming matches. The target was achieved in 10.3 overs, shattering DD completely. In the unpredictable sport of cricket, anything could happen anytime. KKR are perfect example of this.  Despite facing continuous defeats in the UAE leg, they were the winners of 2014. Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad have 4 points apiece in the lately held matches. But none knows when any of these three groups bounce back in the ongoing tournament SRH and KXIP are yet to play 8 matches each while MI 7 matches.

Individual performances are certainly important to make a team be on the winning side but it is definitely the spirit to play as a unit when it is the question of being victorious in all the departments. In today’s match, Kings XI Punjab will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. The men in red shirts will have the advantage of playing in home conditions. Let us wait and watch which group wins the game at the end.

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