When it seemed like it was all over for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 7, Yuvraj Singh gave them a little hope in a must win game against Delhi Daredevils. Yuvraj’s 29 ball 68 helped his side to defeat the wooden spoon holders Delhi by 16 runs and gave RCB a slim hope of getting through to the play-offs.
Chasing a huge total of 187 for victory, Delhi Daredevils got off to a worst possible start losing both their openers in the second over of the innings. Mayank Agarwal and skipper Kevin Pietersen steadied the ship as the duo put on 63 off 7 overs for the third wicket before Agarwal got out to Abu Nechim Ahmed. JP Duminy joined his skipper in the middle and gave some hopes for a victory.
But Pietersen’s dismissal for 33 followed by Dinesh Karthik’s dismissal for 1 dented their hopes. Duminy and Kedar Jadhav tried their best to carry their team home but the total set by RCB was too big for them to chase them as Delhi lost the match by 16 runs. Mitchell Starc and Muttiah Muralitharan accounted for two wickets each.
Royal Challengers Bangalore put to bat first after a delayed start started steadily as Chris Gayle disappointed yet again after he was cleaned up by Rajiv Shukla for 22. Virat Kohli’s dismal run in the IPL continued as he was run out for 10 and left his side reeling at 45-2. Parthiv in the company of AB de Villiers started the repair works as the duo played sensibly in the middle overs before getting out in a space of two overs with the scorecard reading 107-4 in the 15th over.
It was when the Yuvraj Show started. He smashed South African leggie for three consecutive sixes. He showed no mercy to the bowlers as he dispatched them all over the park. In the last over Yuvraj hammered Rahul Shukla for four 6s and took RCB’s total 186-4.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 186-4 (Yuvraj Singh 68, AD de Villiers 33) beat Delhi Daredevils 170-7 (Duminy 48, Kedar Jadhav 37, Muralitharan 2-25, Starc 2-26) by 16 runs.