Royal Challengers who were sitting pretty at the top of the table were surprised by Delhi who finally broke their 3 match losing streak to hand Bangalore their first home loss this season. The key to Delhi winning was simple – David Warner came out with all guns blazing and Kedar Jadhav provided the right finish to help Delhi post a stiff target of 183 and the bowlers did their job quite well to restrict the Challengers to 166/9 in the stipulated 20 overs. Jadhav on debut impressed one an all and was awarded the Man of the Match. He couldn’t have asked for a better gift on his birthday which happens to be tomorrow.
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The opening partnership was going to be the key if Bangalore had to chase down 184. Kallis and Pandey have been incredible so far at the top and it was no different today. Having said that the Delhi bowlers didn’t allow them to break free and as a result they only got to 71 in 54 balls. Kallis was the main culprit. It had to be something special to get Kallis out and Mishra did just that when he bowled a wrong un and Kallis was clean bowled for 27 which came off 29 balls. Andrew McDonald who replaced Moises Henrique in the team struck in his 2nd over when he removed Pandey for 39. The very next ball Dravid was run out trying for an impossible 2nd run. There were no fireworks from Uthappa today as he too departed early. Three run outs dented the Bangalore chase as the middle order crumbled under pressure. From 71/0 Bangalore was reduced to 91/4. Delhi kept chipping away with wickets every 2 overs. They were always behind the rate and it was a late resurgence from Kohli which reduced the margin of the loss to 17 runs which could well have been 30. PHOTOS
Delhi have been struggling with their batting this season and Bangalore would have been hoping that it would remain the same. However T20 specialist Warner came out with a definite plan and that was to hit almost every ball out of the park. He smashed three fours and two sixes in his 14-ball 33 before Dale Steyn snared him. Virender Sehwag couldn’t match his partners powerful hitting and got out for only 12. Bangalore got back some normalcy into the game. AB was involved in a serene partnership with Karthik as Delhi crossed 100 in the 12th over. Karthik got out in the most unfortunate manner. AB essayed a straight-drive which was too straight for Karthik’s good. Steyn got a finger on that on his follow through and he had to take a long walk back. Jadhav on debut and AB kept the momentum going before AB was superbly run out by Eion Morgan. However Jadhav ensured that Delhi posted a health total. He made 50 in just 29 balls which included 5 boundaries and 2 maximums.PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Kedar Jadhav