Ravi Rampaul delivers Super Over redemption
The Royal Challengers Bangalore played out their second Super Over finish of IPL 2013 and came out on top against the Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday night at Bangalore.
Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl first. RCB made three changes to the side, replacing Mayank Agarwal (injured), Daniel Christian and Murali Kartik with KL Rahul, Andrew McDonald and Jaydev Unadkat respectively.
The destructive pair of Virender Sehwag and David Warner finally threatened to come good before their quick 43 run opening stand was broken by Vinay Kumar (1/21) in the 6th over. McDonald (1/17) then removed Sehwag with his first ball of the tournament to reduce Delhi to 43/2. Jaydev Unadkat (2/24) struck twice in an excellent spell to send back Manprit Juneja and Ben Rohrer while Mahela Jayawardene played anchor with his 28.
Still, Delhi were at a measly 122/5 at the end of 18 overs when Jayawardene was dismissed, run out backing up too far by Vinay Kumar in spectacular fashion. RP Singh had been expensive in his first three overs, going for 0/33 but Ravi Rampaul’s figures of 3-1-13-0 in 3 overs had been much better. Both were taken for runs easily by Kedar Jadhav (29* 16b 2x4 1x6) and Irfan Pathan (19* 8b 2x4 1x6) to concede 30 in the last two overs, pushing Delhi’s total to 152/5 in their 20 overs.
Chris Gayle brought up his 5000th run in all T20s and 2000th one in IPL with a single off the first ball of RCB’s innings. Nehra was denied an LBW appeal of KL Rahul in the same over. Rahul fell trying to capitalize on his luck, going for a third boundary off Nehra’s (1/31) next over. Gayle too had hit two sixes in his 13 but came out the lesser in his duel with Morne Morkel (1/32), pushing RCB to 26/2 in the 4th over.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were in complete control from the moment they walked out, crunching Nehra, Pathan, Shahbaz Nadeem (1/26) and Morne Morkel in a 103 run partnership that came off just 75b. Umesh Yadav was the only bowler who could keep the runs down against the marauding pair. Kohli had brought up his third fifty in four matches when AB de Villiers (39, 32b, 3x4, 1x6) was run out trying to beat Morne’s arm and steal a tight single. A nightmarish sequence followed in which Arun Karthik was run out at the end of another tight over from Morkel before Syed Mohammad and Virat Kohli (65, 50b, 7x4, 1x6) were dismissed off successive deliveries in Umesh Yadav’s (2/22) final over.
RCB were 127/6 at the end of 15 overs with 27 to get off 30 deliveries. The equation had come down to 12 needed off the last 6.
Ravi Rampaul struck a mighty six off the first ball of the last over but Delhi cut out the boundaries from there. Rampaul and Vinay Kumar swung hard and ran swift to still get RCB the 5 remaining runs to tie the game and take it into the Super Over.
Umesh Yadav, Delhi’s nominated Super Over bowler had managed to restrict Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers to singles off the first three balls before bowling a dot ball. With 2 balls to go, AB walked across his stumps to deposit him over for deep midwicket for consecutive sixes. From nowhere, RCB had 16 runs to defend.
Rampaul was the man trusted for the job for RCB and he responded in beautiful fashion, removing David Warner off the first ball, caught at point by Chris Gayle. Irfan Pathan delivered a sobering punch immediately, hitting a four and a six in three deliveries to stun the crowd. With 2 needed off 2, Irfan could only manage a single, turning over the strike to give Ben Rohrer the unpleasant task of scoring 6 off the last ball. Ravi kept it full and straight to find the base of off stump and send the massive crowd into a delirious frenzy. Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match for his authoritative half century.
It was a RCB they had no business losing, just like the one against Chennai. But unlike in the game against Chennai, they held their nerve here and finished off the game, showing improvement and a will to overcome problems on the campaign.