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IPL 2014 – RCB vs DD: Yuvraj Plays Leading Role In RCB’s Facile Victory

By on April 18, 2014

Royal Challengers Bangalore 146 for 2 (Yuvraj 52*, Kohli 49*) beat Delhi Daredevils 145 for 4 (Duminy 67*, Taylor 43*) by eight wickets…

It was a venue where once cricket-watchers intensely bet and infamy set in. Sharjah’s not the same anymore. But talking about a bet or two, Vijay Mallya ended up winning a big hand here on a brightly-lit Thursday evening.

IPL 2014 - RCB vs DD: Yuzvendra ChahalHe bet on Yuvraj Singh, the mercurial left-hander who went through the most traumatic phase of his cricket career just before the start of the IPL, blamed for India’s miserable loss in the World Twenty20 final.

Earlier in February, Mallya had spent a whopping Rs 14 crore on Yuvraj, suggesting that captain Virat Kohli had asked him to do so.

The writing of that cheque became a controversial one, followed by a clutter of jokes on the team owner and the cricketer which started trending on social networks.

Had Mallya invested that kind of money on a loser? Or would he end up the last man laughing.

Thursday threw up the answer and Mallya — always the indulging punter — won a great bet.

Yuvraj Singh walked out with Royal Challengers Bangalore two down for 62, needing 83 to win in 11.1 overs. The target was achievable and the always-in-form Virat Kohli – dropped twice to Delhi Daredevils’ misery – setting up a chase well.

But for Yuvraj, it was an occasion tailored to find his feet. The wicket was a placid one, the bowlers looking listless, the crowd receiving him with a loud cheer, his new team owner and the rest of the supporters watching intensely and Kohli – his good mate – waiting for him to join the fun in the middle.

It was like a struggling performer waiting for a partner to match steps with, Yuvraj and Kohli danced down the pitch. Kohli had set the momentum on his way to a 38-ball 49, inclusive of three sixes and two fours. But until Yuvraj landed in the middle, the belting of Devils was yet to begin.

Anything short or down the leg-side was severely punished by the southpaw who had many a point to prove this day. To Kohli’s credit, the young man encouraged his batting partner each time the ball hit the middle of the bat. It was like one rapper helping the other find his words.

Propped up, and helped by some mediocre and directionless bowling, Yuvraj sent the Sharjah cricket stadium into a frenzy. A massive attack that he launched brought 52 runs off 29 balls from his bat — five sixes and three boundaries making the bat talk.

It was an innings that defined the character of his batting once again but more importantly lifted the despondency he had been sucked into last month.

As for Delhi Daredevils, missing captain and leading batsman Kevin Pietersen, they were sent into submission. Barring South African all-rounder JP Duminy’s 48-ball 67, none of the batsmen including makeshift skipper Dinesh Karthik, contributed with the bat. It was self-destruction for the Devils and Bangalore only made the most of it.

Yuvraj became the second man in this tournament, after Jacques Kallis the other day, answering his share of questions.

Source: Times of India

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