Kohli helps RCB beat Delhi
Virat Kohli’s 99 followed by Jaydev Unadkat’s 5-wicket haul helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by 4 runs.
Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan’s late batting surge that resulted in a 44-run partnership almost helped Delhi pull off a staggering victory, by Unadkat proved to the party-pooper.
Unadkat picked up five wickets in the match and finished the innings with brilliant figures of 5/25 in his full quota of overs as Bangalore never allowed Delhi to gain an upper hand in the match.
Earlier, Unmukt Chand (41) and Kedar Jadhav (8) were dismissed in the same fashion when they were caught by Vinay Kumar at long on, which thereby put the Royal Challengers in a commanding position.
Before that, Ben Rohrer was bowled by Vinay for a hard-fought 27-ball 32 right after he and Chand gave the Delhi Daredevils some respite.
Both Chand and Rohrer hit 4 boundaries in their innings with Chand going a step ahead and smashing a lone six as well.
Chasing 184, the Chand-Rohrer duo put up a quick-fire 58-run partnership for the fourth wicket after the Daredevils lost openers Mahela Jayawardene and Virender Sehwag early to Unadkat.
Jayawardene (19) looked dangerous as he hit 4 boundaries in his short-lived innings, but Unadkat had other plans in mind when he bowled the Sri Lankan on the first ball of his over after Mahela got an inside edge.
Soon after, Unadkat had Sehwag (18) caught at mid on by Cheteshwar Pujara right after the Delhi Dasher looked to do some damage by hitting Vinay for three successive boundaries in the previous over.
Moises Henriques then joined the wicket taking party as he comprehensively bowled stand-in skipper David Warner to leave the Daredevils reeling at 61/3 after 7 overs.
Earlier, a gritty innings by skipper Virat Kohli (99 off 58) helped Royal Challengers Bangalore post 183/4 against Delhi Daredevils.
Kohli in his blistering knock that included 10 boundaries and 4 sixes blasted the Delhi bowlers to all parts of the ground and helped get the Royal Challengers back into the game after a bad start.
AB de Villiers (32* off 17) too played a fiery cameo and hit two boundaries and the same number of sixes and along with Kohli put up an impressive 94-run partnership for the fourth wicket.