Toss is a crucial factor at Delhi and tonight Gambhir won the toss and decided to bat and it was no surprise who ended up with 2 points after the match. Delhi played exceptionally well to reach 184 and their bowlers defended it comfortably despite the Royals having a glittering batting line-up. With this win Delhi have leapfrogged Bangalore to go second in the table with 12 points from nine games, while Bangalore slipped to third with ten from as many games.
Royal Challengers Innings
The challengers have not been put under pressure for most part of this tournament as their openers have been in sublime form while the rest of the lineup has not got much of a chance to showcase their skills. However today there was a change in the batting line up as Pandey was no playing and instead Cameron White opened with Kallis. White struggled before he finally got out to Mishra for 4 which took him 11 balls. Gambhir knowing the pitch too well got on Vettori to bowl in tandem with Mishra which made it difficult for Kallis and Pieterson to score runs freely. Yorker from Sangwan ended Pieterson’s misery in the 10th over. The challengers required 13 runs per over in the last 10 overs with 8 wickets in hand. Taylor came in and banged 3 6’s in the 10 balls he faced and was looking dangerous but he didn’t last long. With his dismissal it looked like the end of the road for the Challengers. Kallis reached to his 50 in the 15th over but then he had consumed too many deliveries for that. Kallis, Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid fell in quick succession as Delhi wrapped up a convincing victory. PHOTOS
Delhi Daredevils Innings
Delhi got off to a flier with Sehwag going mad hitting 5 4’s and 2 6’s in his brief stay at the wicket. However Mithun got the better of him when he got one to jag back at him and Sehwag dragged it onto his stumps. A piece of brilliance from Appanna got Gambhir runout for 1. Kumble’s googly got Warner mistiming one to Kohli. Bangalore struck again via a blinder from Cameron White at extra cover to send back karthik. While wickets kept falling at one end Collingwood was quietly playing his game. However having lost too many wickets too early Delhi didn’t go berserk from over no 10 to over no 15 when they only got 36 runs. However the last overs cost the Challengers 59 runs as Collingwood got 31 runs in the final 9 balls he faced. Collingwood hammered three fours and seven massive sixes in his 46 ball 75. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Paul Collingwood