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Bangalore Kohli Spoils Delhi IPL Prospects

Fresh from the joy of scoring the highest total in the IPL-4 edition
of T-20 so far over formidable Kings XI Punjab the other day, the
Delhi Daredevils failed to defend their decent total of 160 by surging
Royal Challengers Bangalore in a keenly fought match at Feroze Shah track.  It was Virat Kohli, who scored a breezy half century
spoiled the Delhi Daredevils dreams to push themselves up in the
points table.  With the three wicket victory, Royal Challengers
Bangalore further concretized their position among the top four
positions, though still the tournament is quite open.

Inform Kohli looked in more menacing mood as he score a quick fire 56 studded with eight boundaries and two towering sixes.  It is apparent that the Delhi Daredevils had no proper planning to contain the young Kohli from scoring at will, as their ‘think tank’ seems to have succeeded in their strategy to send Chris Gayle, the man who scored a century the other day to help his team win the match.  The only bowler who looked impressive and treated with respect the rivals was Mome Morkel, who picked up two wickets.  Chasing the set target of 161, the Royal Challengers started their innings on a shaky note with their star opener Tilakaratne Dilshan got dismissed in the very first over when he miscued a raising ball from young speedster Aaron.  But Kohli, who joined Gayle, even stunned his senior partner hammering fours and sixes all over the ground.

Apart from Kohli, last match centurion Chris Gayle (26 off 14) played
a good hand up the order while captain Daniel Vettori (18 not out),
Saurabh Tiwary (18) and Syed Mohammad (13 not out) made useful
contributions towards the end to see Bangalore overwhelm the 161-run target with three balls to spare. Morne Morkel starred with the ball for Daredevils with figures of three for 25

Earlier, Daredevils too made a shaky start as they lost both their
openers inside the first seven overs. David Warner was the first to
depart, clean bowled by Zaheer Khan with an excellent in-swinging
delivery as he went for a booming drive. Daredevils captain Virender
Sehwag too failed to make much of an impact in front of home crowds as he was run out in pursuit of a tight single with the scoreboard reading 43 for two. Australian James Hopes, however, was in an attacking mood as he hit Chris Gayle for back-to-back boundaries in his first over. But Daredevils problems were further compounded when Abhimanyu Mithun disturbed Mathew Wade’s timbers. But then James Hopes and Y Venugopal Rao joined hands and not only steadied the Delhi innings but also upped the tempo with some lusty shots. The duo took the attack to the opposition and sent the bad deliveries to its logical conclusion to bring up Delhi’s 100 in 13.2 overs. But just when it was time to accelerate Venugopal Rao departed, bowled by Vettori in the first delivery of the 16th over. Pathan then used his long handle to great affect, hitting two lusty sixes to take Delhi beyond the 150-run mark


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: April 26, 2011 | Categories: Cricket, IPL 2011

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