Quinton de Kock (right) top-scored for DD on a difficult surface © AFP
Quinton de Kock (right) top-scored for DD on a difficult surface © AFP

Quinton de Kock scored a valuable 60 but received little support from the middle order as Delhi Daredevils (DD) reached a sub-par 138 for 8 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 56 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Raipur. DD were hampered by the fact that their trio of Indian batsmen floundered. Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, and Sanju Samson — batting at Nos 2, 3, and 4 respectively — scored a mere 29 runs among them. Even Pawan Negi, promoted up the order, failed to get going and ended up scoring 6 off 12 balls. Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets to gain the Purple Cap. Live Cricket Scorecard, Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Match 56

De Kock started well, getting a spate of early boundaries off Stuart Binny, Chris Jordan, and Sreenath Aravind, but the constant fall of wickets at the other end forced him to play a more circumspect innings. As a result he was unable to continue with the same fluency he displayed at the start of his innings. He was on 26 off 19 at one stage before going into his shell. He eventually got to 50 off 43 balls, but with wickets still falling at the other end he had to bide his time. The pressure finally got to him, and he played a wild slog while batting on 60. The resultant top-edge was caught by Jordan. De Kock finally had to go for a 52-ball 60. Live Cricket Scorecard, Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Match 56

Pant was the first batsman to be dismissed, edging a good short ball from Aravind to wicketkeeper KL Rahul for 1. Karun was the next to go, brilliantly caught off Yuzvendra Chahal by Kohli, running backward to take it cleanly. Samson became Chahal’s second victim when he edged behind to Rahul. Soon Sam Billings followed for 4 off 6 balls, taken brilliantly by a diving Chris Gayle. With the front line batsmen out of the way, the all-rounders needed to step up, but the RCB bowlers were up to the task.

Negi was promoted to No. 6 ahead of Carlos Brathwaite and Chris Morris, but he ended up scratching around for a 12-ball 6. Negi was Gayle’s first victim of the match, and a few balls later Brathwatie became his second. Brathwaite struck one firmly but did not keep it down, which allowed Shane Watson to take a fine catch. Morris tried valiantly to swell DD’s score but even he could only do so much.

Brief scores:

Delhi Daredevils 138 for 8 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 60; Yuzvendra Chahal 3 for 32, Chris Gayle 2 for 11) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)