Kohli star; AB de Villiers super star

Published: 17th April 2013 10:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2013 10:19 AM   |  A+A-


Royal Challengers Bangalore clinched a dramatic super over victory after letting Delhi Daredevils off the hook in regulation play during their clash at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.

Cruising along to the victory target of 153, RCB were stopped in their tracks and ended up tying scores with Delhi at 152. This meant a second super over finish for them this year. They had lost the one against Hyderabad but managed to overcome Delhi.  Set a target of 16 runs to win in the super over, Delhi fell short by five runs and crashed to defeat, their fifth in a row.

AB de Villiers was the star as he slammed Umesh Yadav for two huge sixes and helped RCB post 15 runs in the over. In reply, David Warner was out off the first ball from Ravi Rampaul slicing to Chris Gayle at backward point. But Irfan Pathan struck a six and a four and five were needed off the last ball but Rampaul yorked Ben Rohrer and RCB triumphed to the delight of the crowd.

Earlier It was the 103 run stand for the third wicket between Virat Kohli (65, 7x4, 1x6) and AB de Villiers (39, 3x4, 1x6) that set the tone for RCB’s reply but Morne Morkel ran out AB de Villiers and then Umesh Yadav claimed two quick wickets to bring Delhi back into the game. RCB needed twelve off the last over but managed only 11 to set up the super over as Delhi delayed the inevitable. RCB lost KL Rahul and Chris Gayle cheaply but Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers took the sting out of the Delhi attack with some lusty hitting.

The Delhi batsmen steered their innings to 152 for 5.  David Warner and Virender Sehwag put on 43 runs before Warner was the first to go caught and bowled by Vinay. Virender Sehwag followed suit flicking Andrew McDonald’s first well pitched up delivery to Virat Kohli at mid-on.Skipper Mahela Jayawardene and young Manpreet Juneja guided them with some calculated stroke-making.  Unfortunately Juneja lofted Unadkat to Vinay Kumar at long on and Jayawardene was left to guide the innings all alone. He found an able partner in Kedar Jadhav. Then Jayawardene was out in unfortunate fashion. Jadhav had driven Vinay Kumar and Jayawardene had backed up for a run. The ball ricocheted off Vinay’s hands and dislodged the stumps with the Delhi captain out of his crease.

Irfan Pathan joined Jadhav and the first sixer came off the latter’s blade off 18.5 overs. Then Pathan came down heavily on his UP teammate RP Singh slamming him for 13 runs in the last over. Delhi thus barely managed to post a challenging total of 152 for 5 leaving Bangalore to get it at 7.65 an over.

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