RCB Cruise To Victory In Their First IPL 7 Match
The highly anticipated match between RCB and DD kicked off with Virat Kohli and stand in skipper Dinesh Karthik coming out for the toss. On winning the toss, RCB elected to field first, with the surprises being the exclusion of Chris Gayle and the inclusion of uncapped leggie, Yuzvendra Chahal.
The decision to bowl first paid huge dividends at the start of the match as RCB managed to pick up 4 wickets in the first 8 overs, conceding just 36 through some good bowling by the bowlers. Mitchell Starc looked sharp on his IPL debut, and so did Morkel, Aaron and Chahal.
After the carnage at the start of the innings, it was up to international stalwarts JP Duminy and Ross Taylor to limit the damage and build up some momentum for the slog overs. It was a sensible display by the duo as they managed not to lose any more wickets and propel DD to 93/4 by the 16-over mark. Having gotten their eye in, Duminy and Taylor then exploded towards the end to take on the RCB bowling attack. At the end of the 20 overs, DD managed to finish at 145/4 with Duminy scoring an unbeaten 67(48).
With their work cut out for them, Parthiv Patel and Nic Maddinson came out to open the innings for RCB. Maddinson did not last long, as he was dismissed for just 4. Out came the man in form, Virat Kohli but it was Parthiv Patel who was in the driver’s seat, dealing in boundaries. By the end of 6 overs, RCB had already reached 50 for the loss of just 1 wicket.
After Parthiv Patel’s dismissal in the 9th over, Virat and Yuvraj notched up a 50-run partnership in just 34 balls. At the end of 15 overs, RCB were looking comfortable at 124/2, with Kohli taking full advantage of the 2 lives he was given in the13th over by Parnell.
Kohli hit the winning runs and finished the match in just the 17th over, hence remaining unbeaten at 49(38) and Yuvraj Singh getting his half century with a brilliant innings of 52(29). The partnership between Kohli and Yuvraj was worth 84 runs in just 47 balls.
Bowling brilliantly on a batting pitch, uncapped leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal earned himself the Man of The Match award in his debut match for RCB. All in all, a comfortable victory for RCB, hence giving them the necessary momentum early in the tournament.