A Great Start to the Season 2012
The 5th edition of IPL and the opening match for the Royal Challengers Bangalore pulls off a comfortable win against Delhi Dare Devils!
The 5th match of the Indian Premier League and the opening match for the
Royal Challengers Bangalore played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium against Delhi
Dare Devils was expected to be a tight encounter. Since both the teams were
equally balanced in all aspects, RCB missed out Gayle in their first match due
to an Injury. It was Pujara and Renegades Batsman Andrew McDonald who opened
the batting for the Royal Challengers Bangalore after Delhi won the toss and
decided to field first on the flat track. Losing the wicket of Pujara early,
Royal Challengers struggled a bit on the flat track losing Virat early for 8
runs though Mcdonald provided a good start and he made a quick fire 30 of just
19 balls. It was left over to the South African Wicketkeeper/Batsman AB De
Villers, known for his consistency did play well and was holding the Innings
together right till the end making a vital 64 not out and with quick
contributions from Mayank Agarwal and Vinay down the order Royal Challengers
posted a modest total of 157/8 in their 20 overs. Morne Morkel and Bracewell
were the stand out bowlers for Delhi picking some important Wickets.
RCB's bowling department were pretty confident since they had Murali and
Vettori the world class bowlers and that did not fail, they bowled extremely well
and picked up 4 wickets for 53 runs between them with Murali going for the
maximum wickets of three for 26 in his four overs and Vettori completing his
spell of one wicket for 28 runs. Earlier It was Zaheer Khan who removed Sehwag
for a duck, that was such an important wicket first up and Vinay supporting him
well from the other side. McDonald proved his worth as an all rounder with
bowling a couple of overs and took a wicket after conceding just 11 runs.
Vettori did rotate his bowlers very well and managed to keep Delhi batsmen
under pressure. In the end Delhi managed to make just 137/7 in their alloted 20
overs and It was Murali and AB De Villers who remained as the main architect
for the Royal Challenger's win over Delhi DareDevils and Ab was adjudged MOM
for his match winning/saving knock of unbeaten 64.