Yuvraj Singh scored another blistering half-century © PTI
Yuvraj Singh scored another blistering half-century © PTI

 

By Bharath Ramaraj

 

May 13, 2014

 

In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014, Delhi Daredevils lost their way during the early part of their innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They are chasing a huge target  of 187 runs on the board. The middle-order batsmen did try to make a spirited comeback, but in the end they fell short by. A fine win for Bangalore.

 

 

Quinton de Kock and Murali Vijay lost their wickets early in the innings. Kevin Pietersen and Mayank Agarwal looked to steady the innings by essaying some fine shots. Mayank Agarwal used his feet to come down the track and collect a six off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal. Pietersen used the depth of the crease to send the ball from Yuvraj Singh deep into stands for a six. However, Agarwal was dismissed by Abu Nechim and then Pietersen too got out  to the bowling of Chahal. JP Duminy then took over by essaying sparkling shots, before he got to Mitchell Starc’s left arm swing bowling. Even Kedar Jadhav looked in great touch. But in the end, it didn’t prove to be good enough to chase down the target. However, credit has to go to Duminy for playing a thrill-a-minute knock. In particular, the boundary he clambered off Nechim down the ground touched dizzying heights in terms of shot-making.

 

Earlier, Bangalore started well, before losing their way during the middle overs of the game. However, AB de Villiers looked in good touch. But just at the right time his wicket was snared by Siddarth Kaul for a fine knock of 33 off just 17 balls. Yuvraj Singh took over by thwacking majestic sixes off Imran Tahir, the leg-spinner. He even picked his googly to smash him for a six. He helped Bangalore to collect 27 runs of the final over. He was at his willowy best in the end overs and that helped Bangalore to end up with 186 for four of their allotted 20 overs.

 

Actually, it was Chris Gayle who thumped a few towering shots early on, especially, when part-time off-spinner, JP Duminy bowled a few overs. He though, was dismissed by Rahul Shukla at the right time from Delhi’s point of view. Gayle came down the wicket to hoick him across the line. But Shukla bowling from around the wicket tucked him up for room and sent his stumps for a long walk in the park. Once he was dismissed, they also lost Virat Kohli through the run out mode. The skipper of Bangalore, who has been struggling for runs was run out due to a fine throw from  Shukla.

 

Once de Villiers got going, Delhi found it a little bit tough to stop the run flow, but he too got out. Yuvraj then played sumptuous shots to leave fielders motionless.  A few mistakes in the field didn’t help Delhi either. Murali Vijay made a mis-field at sweeper cover that helped de Villiers to collect a boundary. Shukla, after a brilliant piece of work to run out Kohli misjudged a catch on the boundary line, as de Villiers collected another four. It has to be said though, Delhi’s ground fielding was good.

 

Mohammed Shami bowled well for Delhi by finding seam movement off the surface to keep the batsmen in check. When he came back to bowl he deceived, the wicketkeeper batsman, Parthiv with a slower one to dismiss him. He was caught by Dinesh Karthik. The track  was holding up a bit. The likes of Imran Tahir, the leg-spinner and even Duminy took advantage of it by bowling well.

 

Brief scores:

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore 186 for 4 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 33, Yuvraj Singh 68*; Mohammed Shami 1 for 31) beat Delhi Daredevils 170 for 7 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 48, Kedar Jadhav 37;  Muttiah Muralitharan 2 for 25) by 16 runs.

 

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(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)