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Delhi Daredevils spoils Royal Challengers Bangalore’s carnival

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The team that stood in top four in first IPL, Punjab was not able to stop them after making a devastating total of 203; the team which won IPL, Rajasthan surrendered to them completely; the team in-form, Men-in-blue Mumbai failed to block their way; the team that stood in the top four for both the IPL seasons gave them a way to success; But Delhi was able to stop the carnival of Bangalore after four straight wins and proved that no one could match them on their day.

Even though Delhi made a huge total of 183 the match stood in favour of Bangalore as the team has already chased a massive total of 203 with the same line-up. Bangalore openers gave a good start of 71 runs in 9 overs and the duo got out as they tried to open themselves. The Delhi bowlers surprised the openers as they got some bounce of the flat pitch.

And it was Mishy, who turned the match to Delhi’s side. The situation for Bangalore is make or break and Kallis got bowled in the bowling of Mishra as he tried to go for a wild slog. Mishra was also successful in removing the man-in-form Uthappa as he got a leading edge trying an unnecessary reverse sweep.

With wickets falling regularly the chances of Bangalore winning the match tended towards zero. A little fight from Kohli was not enough to bring their side home. AB de Villiers is one of the best fielders, everyone knows that, and to add further strength to that argument, he took a blinder to send Praveen Kumar back to pavilion.

The Delhi bowlers produced a disciplined performance, but it was their batsmen who set up the game. Their inning can be divided into three phases of play- an explosive start by Warner, a serene partnership in the middle-overs between AB de Villiers and Dinesh Karthik, and a fiery finish provided by Jadhav.

Though Jadhav played an award-winning innings the Delhi’s innings was mostly capitalized on the solid start given by Warner. He hit the ball with ease and the RCB bowlers worried as they saw Warner smashing the ball. But Warner faced the difficulty of playing against two bowlers, one who bowls at 120 and the other who bowls at 150. He mistimed a pull shot in the bowling of Steyn and was caught by Vinay at the covers.

Dashing opener Sehwag got out cheaply and it was AB de Villiers and Dinesh Karthik to get back the momentum. de Villiers and Karthik preferred to deal in singles as they nudged and drove their way around. The period wasn’t without its shares of thrills, with de Villiers pulling and Karthik sweeping Kumble for boundaries but it was definitely a lot quieter than at the start.

It threatened to get grimmer for Delhi when Karthik and de Villiers got run out – Karthik backed up too far at the non-striker’s end and de Villiers was caught short by a direct hit from Eoin Morgan at backward point – but Jadhav, an unknown commodity for many of the Bangalore bowlers, connected with a few big hits to push Delhi towards a strong total.

The Maharashtra cricketer sent the ball to the ropes easily and a few good hits over the rope. His cameo ended Delhi’s innings as they were able to manage a huge score of 183.

It was very rare but in twenty20 it is common to see runouts and there were a total of five runouts throughout the match. These proved to be crucial match turners as de Villiers and Karthik’s run out’s.

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