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IPL T20 2011 – RCB vs DD: Challengers Overcome Daredevils In A Thriller

By on April 26, 2011

Royal Challengers Bangalore 161 for 7 (Kohli 56, M Morkel 3-25) beat Delhi Daredevils 160 for 6 (Hopes 54, Mithun 2-37) by three wickets…

Skipper Daniel Vettori and Syed Mohammad held their nerves to help Royal Challengers Bangalore overcome Delhi Daredevils by three wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Virat Kohli scored a fine 56 off 38 balls and shared 82 runs for the second wicket with Chris Gayle (26) to set the platform for the chase. Syed (13 not out) smashed two fours in the 18th over and Vettori (18 not out) brought off the winning runs with three balls to spare as Bangalore achieved their third victory in seven matches.

It looked all too easy when Kohli and Gayle were batting in the middle – scoring almost 12 runs per over but Delhi clawed back with the wicket of left-hander Gayle, when he edged one for a simple catch to Venugopal Rao in the deep mid-wicket region off James Hopes.

Bangalore’s middle order tried to consolidate and they lost their way. The turning point was the introduction into the attack by Sehwag of James Hopes, who claimed dangerous Gayle in his first over.

The tourists, chasing 161 for victory, lost AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession to put some unnecessary pressure on themselves.

Earlier, all-rounder James Hopes, being sent up the order, played a crucial knock of 54 runs and shared an important 47-run partnership with Venugopal Rao to help his team to a challenging total. Hopes was fortunate to have escaped on 43 after being caught off a no-ball from Abhimanyu Mithun in the 15th over.

The home team was rocked by early dismissals of openers David Warner and skipper Virender Sehwag with just 43 runs on board. Sehwag smashed three fours in his 25 runs before being run-out handing Bangalore early advantage.

Zaheer Khan gave Bangalore an early breakthrough, when he bowled in-form Warner for 7 runs but Hopes and Rao brought Delhi back on track for a decent total. The Australian all-rounder struck a patient half-century off 43 balls and Rao continued his fine form with the bat, scoring a valuable 24 runs with two fours and a six.

Naman Ojha (16) and Irfan Pathan (13) added some priceless runs in the end to delight the sizeable home crowd. Bangalore bowling stood up well to the task today with Mithun finishing with two for 37 from his four overs.

Delhi made three changes with Matthew Wade, Umesh Yadav and Ashok Dinda coming in for Aaron Finch, Varun Aaron and Ajit Agarkar. Bangalore left out Asad Pathan to accommodate Abhimanyu Mithun.

Bikash Singh, Yahoo! Cricket

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