Bangalore: Kedar Jadhav’s breezy unbeaten half-century and some immaculate bowling fashioned Delhi Daredevils’ 17-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, thus snapping their losing streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday.
Put in to bat, Delhi piled up a challenging 183 for four, thanks to Jadhav’s unbeaten 29-ball 50 and AB de Villiers’ 45 off 35 balls.
Walking out to defend the total, the Daredevils restricted the Bangalore team to 166 for nine wickets in 20 overs at the floodlit M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Delhi Daredevils’ Kedar Jadhav plays a shot during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday. Shailendra Bhojak / PTI
It was a welcome victory for the Delhi side which had lost its last three matches on the trot.
Manish Pandey made a 29-ball 39 and Virat Kohli cracked an unbeaten 28-ball 33 but their efforts were not enough as the Delhi bowling order, led by Mishra who took 2 wickets for 23 runs, brought the visitors back in the match after RCB’s flying start.
Chasing a challenging 184-run target, Royals Challengers went off to a solid start with openers Pandey and South African Jacques Kallis (27) producing a 71-run partnership.
The hosts suffered the first loss in the 10th over when Kallis, who struck three fours during his 29-ball innings, misjudged a flighted delivery of Mishra and the ball crashed on to his stumps.
Australian fast-bowler Andrew McDonald struck in the next over removing Pandey, who hit four fours and a six before being clean bowled.
Bangalore, who were cruising towards the target, suddenly found themselves under pressure as they lost four wickets for 19 runs.
Robin Uthappa (15 off 10), who started well cracking one four and a six, and Rahul Dravid (1) also failed to do much and returned to the dugout cheaply.