Riding high on gutsy knock of 58 runs from Jacques Kallis, Bangalore
romped home to a 7 wickets win over Delhi Daredevils at The Wanderers stadium
here in Johannesburg.
The win ensured that Mallya’s boys remain in strong contention for a semi-final
berth in the IPL season two and put behind their horrendous campaign of the
Chasing a modest total of 135 runs for victory, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid
combined together in a defining partnership after Robin Uthappa’s early
Robin Uthappa’s horrendous IPL campaign continued as he failed again to live up
to the expectations. Uthappa could manage just one before nicking one to the
wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik off the bowling of Ashish Nehra. But from their on,
it was Bangalore all along the way as Kallis-Dravid combination kept Delhi’s
bowlers at bay. Delhi, who until now had an exceptional record in the
tournament, badly missed their pace Derek Nannes, who was rested by Virender
In what was a must-win game for Royal Challengers Bangalore after Delhi had
already secured a semi-final berth, Ray Jennings needed his middle order to
stand up to occasion and Kallis-Dravid did that in style. In the end, a 25 run
cameo off 12 balls from Ross Taylor, and 38-run effort by Rahul Dravid ensured
that Kallis’ show did not go in vain.
Earlier, opting to bat first after winning the toss Delhi were put on backfoot
right at the start as Virender Sehwag and Mithun Manhas were sent back to the
pavilion before they could trouble the scorers. Praveen Kumar accounted for both
Gautam Gambhir, who opened the innings with Sehwag, remained undeterred by the
proceeding on the other end and kept the run rate ticking for Delhi. The Delhi
left-hander along with de Villiers combined together for a 35-run partnership
when Jacques Kallis struck.
Trying to clear the third man boundary Gambhir was holed in deep by Ross Taylor
on a personal score of 27 as Delhi brought its fifty in 8 overs.
AB de Villiers who was in tremendous form this season carried the day for Delhi
as Karthik joined him at the crease. At the strategy break Delhi managed to lift
their total to 63/3.
Bangalore struck just after the strategy break by removing dangerous looking AB
de Villiers for 28 runs. Van der Merwe clean bowled his African teammate with an
arm bowl which crashed into the off and middle stump.
More problems were in store for Delhi as Kumble then got rid of Andrew McDonald,
who failed to read a yorker from the Bangalore’s Jumbo. Match was then an affair
between Karthik’s grit and Kumble’s nagging line and length. Kumble marshaled
his resources well and in the end set Bangalore on road to victory as Delhi
Daredevils were scuffled to 134/7 in stipulated twenty overs. In the end Kallis
made the modest target look easy as the all rounder deservedly ran away with the
Man of the Match award.
Bangalore Royal Challengers (Playing XI): Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis,
Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Mark Boucher(w), Roelof van der Merwe,
Praveen Kumar, Balachandra Akhil, Manish Pandey, Anil Kumble(c)
Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag(c), Gautam Gambhir, AB de
Villiers, Mithun Manhas, Dinesh Karthik(w), Farveez Maharoof, Daniel Vettori,
Aavishkar Salvi, Ashish Nehra, Andrew McDonald, Yogesh Nagar