Devils' win Bangalore dare
Yesterday, Delhi Daredevils ended Royal Challenger's winning streak as they won by 17 runs in RCB's own backyard.
Yesterday, Delhi Daredevils ended Royal Challenger's winning streak as they won by 17 runs in RCB's own backyard [SCORECARD]. Royal Challenger's had been undefeated at home till now, but sadly that is past tense now. Delhi batting first got of to the most explosive start imaginable as David Warner hit 33 runs in just 14 balls. Soon after that Bangalore pulled things back, but debutant Kedar Jadhav made sure that Delhi get a good score. Royal Challengers were made to be quiet in the powerplay by some very tight bowling. In the end in the pursuit of runs wickets tumbled and RCB slumped to their first defeat at home.
For the first time in this tournament RCB looked like a team that was losing and couldn't do anything. It had dominated so far, but against Delhi nothing of that sort was seen. Bangalore's bowling for the first tie was treated with utter disrespect and scorn and put huge pressures on the bowlers. Warner and Jadhav flat batted sixes and only added to their misery. Bangalore have a lot to learn and this is the perfect learning experience.
The batting was under pressure to chase the huge target and did their best to reach it. The Delhi bowlers bowled very good lengths and made batting even more difficult leading to the downfall of many batsmen. The biggest mistake was made by Robin Uthappa, when he played an reverse sweep when the situation called for a sensible shot. Let's hope Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa make it to the T20 world cup squad today. I would love to see Robin in action wearing blue again. With Ross Taylor and Kevin Pietersen expected soon, the batting department will be bolstered.
The fielding was good as usual with 2 run outs being effected but Delhi overshadowed even in that department with De Villiers pulling of a stunner at the edge of the boundary ropes.
The result was disappointing for RCB but they'll take the positives out of it and jump straight back to their winning ways.