Royal Challengers Vs Delhi Daredevils - IPL 7
Royal Challengers had won their opening game against Delhi Daredevils. A comfortable 8 wicket victory.
It was a good start for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the on going IPL-7 and a win in their opening game against Delhi Daredevils would give much more confidence to win the upcoming games. Played at Sharjah, one of the most beautiful cricket grounds across the world and holds the record for hosting most no.of ODI Intl matches, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium would always remain a special venue. After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, Virat Kohli had took the right decision. The delhi Daredevils had a disturbed start, with no span of time they had lost three quick wickets for just 17 runs, Starc, Albie and Varun Aaron had picked up the first three wickets and this was the start required after winning the toss and deciding to bowl . After the first strategic time out, Murlai Vijay was cleaned up by a rapid legspinner, a great start by Chahal for Royal Challengers, Delhi were 4 down for 35. Things started to turn around when JP Duminy and Ross Taylor were in the rescue mission, the duo looked vigilant and never allowed a wicket to fell. Duminy was at his very best and continued his top form right from the world t-20 tournament and at the other end Ross Taylor had been busy rotating the strike. Rcb bowlers found hard to break this partnership and Dinda on the other hand had been leaking away the runs. Chahal had bowled a great spell, 4 overs for just 18 runs and he was leading the spin attack. The pair added more than 100 runs for the 5th wicket and remained unbeaten. Jp Duminy (67) scored half century that helped Delhi post a decent score and he was at his brutal best towards the end of the innings and picked Dinda in most of the occasion, the bowler went for 51 in his 4. The last two overs fetched almost 30 runs for the Daredevils and they had posted a score over 140, average first innings score in sharjah was 142 and Delhi had almost achieved that score. Delhi scored a healthy 145 for the loss of 4 wickets.
Royal Challengers had to chase without Chris Gayle, the openers Nick Maddinson and Parthiv Patel were set for the chase. RCB lost Nick Maddinson too early for 4 runs. Parthiv looked solid in the run chase. Virat was watchful at the start of his innings, and it was Parthiv Patel who took the attack and started scoring runs quickly. The Royal Challengers lost Parthiv(37) when things were going well, the left hander raced blindly down the track and went for a hack across the line and was cleaned by Rahul Sharma. The crowed cheered, Yuvraj Singh walked in and RCB were in total control, they hardly needed 80 more runs to win in 11 overs. It was the time when Virat Kohli was not getting much of the stike and he was dropped twice in Parnell’s bowling and that was the moment the Royal Challengers captain took charge and hit a huge six over extra cover. At the other end, Yuvraj Singh looked comfortable and was coming back to form, the duo were taking the game away from Delhi Daredevils, needing just 42 runs off 36 balls. Virat Kohli played a calm innings until he hit back to back six’s in 15th over, that signaled the 50 run partnership between Yuvi and Virat Kohli. Yuvraj was all set to score his first 50 for Royal Challengers and he did. The duo added 84 runs and won the game for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat remained unbeaten on 49 and Yuvi on 52. Yuzvendra Chahal was the man of the match for his lovely spell, 4 overs 1/18 and not to forget Aaron’s spell, 3 overs, a maiden and 1/9.
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