Delhi DareDevils v Bangalore Royal Challengers at Delhi Indian Premier League 2008


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Delhi DareDevils v Bangalore Royal Challengers at Delhi

DD v BRC, IPL Match 17, Delhi: Gambhir and McGrath do the star turn for Delhi Daredevils

Riding on a brilliant half-century from Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi Daredevils defeated bottom-placed Bangalore Royal Challengers by 10 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Delhi on Wednesday night.
Chasing a target of 192, the Challengers could only make 181 for five wickets from 20 overs at the full-capacity Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium. The Daredevils moved to the second spot in the IPL standings after their third victory from four matches while the Royal Challengers' misery continued as they were left languishing at the bottom of the standings of the eight-team league after four losses from five matches.
Gambhir, who struck 86 off 54 balls, was the hero of the day as he helped the Daredevils post a challenging total. Shikhar Dhawan with his well-struck 50 from 33 deliveries gave him support as the Delhi team rediscovered their momentum after losing their last match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday night .
Chasing 192 was always going to be tough for the visitors and they failed to get a good partnership going. Jacques Kallis was the top scorer with 54 while skipper Rahul Dravid made 38. For the Daredevils, Glenn McGrath (4-29) was the top performer with the ball. Put into bat, the stage was set for Daredevils batsmen to fire on a good batting track. Much was expected from Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag (24) who shone albeit momentarily.
Gambhir started the fireworks in the second over as he hit Zaheer Khan for three consecutive boundaries. In the next over, he was again severe on South African pacer Dale Steyn, hitting the pacer for two sweetly-timed boundaries. Gambhir's big hits inspired Sehwag and again Zaheer was on the firing line. Sehwag spanked his first three deliveries for 6, 4 and 4 to get the partisan crowd swaying.
The Kotla track is never known to assist seamers and by now Dravid that his decision to bowl first had backfired. The Challengers skipper replaced Zaheer with Vinay Kumar but the result was the same, as he could not find any solution to stop the Daredevils openers from playing their shots.
It was the fielders who gave the Bangalore team their first breakthrough when Ross Taylor's direct throw from point found Sehwag short of ground in the fifth over. Dhawan joined the party in the middle and did not take much time to settle down. Dhawan and Gambhir applied themselves cleverly and found the gaps at a rapid pace.
The duo added 98 runs for the second wicket and left Dravid struggling for ideas. Vinay Kumar gave Dhawan width and the Delhi batsman's delicate cuts raced onto the boundary.
Dhawan adapted well to the slow deliveries of Kallis and hit the South African for a huge six. However, Kallis had the last laugh after Dravid took a stunning catch at the midwicket to end the young batsman's 33-ball innings. Gambhir on the other end was in fine touch. His boundaries were a treat to watch. His knock finally came to an end in the 19th over after he miscued Zaheer's delivery and Parveen Kumar lapped up the resultant catch at deep midwicket. But by then the Delhi opener had set the stage for his team's win.
DD v BRC, IPL Match 17, Delhi: Delhi DareDevils 191 for 5 in 20.0 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 181 for 5 in 20.0 ovs by 10 runs

DD v BRC, IPL Match 17, Delhi: Delhi DareDevils have the edge over Royal Challengers today

Stung by reverses in their last outings, two wounded sides — Delhi DareDevils and Bangalore Royal Challengers — clash in the Indian Premier League at Delhi on Wednesday.
With Virender Sehwag at the helm, Delhi had crushed Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers before Kings XI Punjab snapped their winning streak on Sunday. And if Delhi lost momentum with the defeat, Rahul Dravid’s men are yet to find it. After the plastering by Brendon McCullum in the opening match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the five-wicket win against the winless Mumbai Indians brought back the smiles, which vanished again with back-to-back losses to Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.
When they take the field on Wednesday, the Challengers would go all out to avert a similar heartbreak, while the hosts would try to shrug off their last-match defeat and bounce back. Dravid said his side’s back is against the wall and the team has no other way but to fight back.
“We are lagging behind in the tournament and every match from now on is important for us. At this stage, we just cannot afford to make a mistake,” Dravid said. The DareDevils have played three matches so far, winning two and losing one to occupy fourth place on the chart with four points, while the Bangalore side, with three defeats and a lone win so far, languish in seventh place in the eight-team event with just two points against their name.
South African speed merchant Dale Steyn has added firepower to the Bangalore attack and the pacer would be posing uncomfortable questions with his mid-140 kmph snorters. Delhi, however, looked far from worried and in fact their allrounder, Rajat Bhatia, went on to claim that the defeat of the last match may, in fact, prove a blessing in disguise.
Unlike most of the teams in the fray, Delhi will not be banking on their foreign recruits but on home-grown talents, including their swashbuckling captain. Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir hope to provide the fireworks upfront, while Shikhar Dhawan too has been impressive so far. And in case Steyn and Co. rock Delhi’s boat, Shoaib Malik, Manoj Tiwary, Bhatia and Dinesh Karthik can steady the innings. While the Bangalore attack boasts of the Steyn-Zaheer duo, Delhi looks more than balanced with Glenn McGrath, Mohammed Asif and Fervez Mahroof bolstering the pace attack.

Delhi DareDevils v Bangalore Royal Challengers at Delhi

Scores

Delhi Daredevils innings
G Gambhir c Kumar b Khan 86 (54)
V Sehwag run out (Taylor) 24 (12)
S Dhawan c Dravid b Kallis 50 (33)
Shoaib Malik b Steyn 6 (4)
K Karthik b Kallis 2 (4)
M Tiwary not out 11 (9)
R Bhatia not out 8 (5)
Extras 4
Total (20 overs) 5 wkts for 191Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-151, 3-159, 4-167, 5-179.Bowling
D Steyn 4-0-29-1
Z Khan 4-0-42-1
P Kumar 4-0-24-0
R Vinay Kumar 2-0-25-0
J Kallis 4-0-39-2
V Kohli 1-0-11-0
S Joshi 1-0-19-0Bangalore Royal Challengers innings
P Kumar c Dhawan b McGrath 6 (5)
W Jaffer c Mahesh b McGrath 10 (9)
R Taylor c Dhawan b McGrath 29 (15)
JH Kallis b Vettori 54 (44)
R Dravid c Sehwag b McGrath 38 (30)
MV Boucher not out 31 (17)
V Kohli not out 1 (1)
Extras  12
Total (20 overs) 5 wkts for 181Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-46, 3-48, 4-135, 5-162.Bowling
G McGrath 4-0-29-4
Mohammad Asif 4-0-42-0
V Mahesh 4-0-28-0
D Vettori 4-0-19-1
R Bhatia 1-0-14-0
Shoaib Malik 1-0-8-0
V Sehwag 2-0-30-0 Result:  Delhi Daredevils won by 10 runs

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.