It was not the most of auspicious start for Delhi Daredevils (DD) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in pursuit of 162 runs. The final match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 being played at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi saw the home side’s young top order waver. It was just Rishabh Pant, who like the previous encounter between the two, held DD’ innings with a resilient knock of 45. For Royal Challengers Bangalore it was Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel that downed Delhi Daredevils’ batting unit with three wickets each, while Travis Head picked two crucial wickets in a over. In the end Mohammed Shami did bring DD near a win but fell short of 10 runs getting bundled out for 151. Full Cricket Scorecard: Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2017, Match 56 at Delhi
Avesh Khan playing his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 10 nabbed Sanju Samson for a 2-ball duck. Samson trying to go the pull shot ended up giving a simple catch top Virat Kohli at mid on. Coming in at No.3 Karun Nair steady the ship along with Shreyas Iyer. Nair in particular took charge to Harshal Patel; accumulating 13 runs in his first over. Nair’s whirlwind knock came to an end after he much like Samson fell to the dreaded pull shot. Lack of pace induced a top edge of Nair’s bat straight into the hands of Kedar Jadhav for a 22-ball 26.
It was soon the pair of Iyer and Rishabh Pant that anchored Delhi Daredevils innings towards normalcy. Pant, in particular showcased his belligerent self against Travis Head. Iyer at one end continued to time the ball and find gaps rather than just using his power.
With the run-rate shooting up with every ball, Iyer opted for the brute approach that led to his downfall. Lack of pace by Harshal Patel induced an early pull shot that found the top of the bat and straight down the throat of Watson at extra cover for a 30-ball 32.
Newman Marlon Samuels who was drafted in place of Quinton de Kock, failed again with the bat. Patel opted to deny the batsmen any pace that saw Samules commit early into the shot and get his bails knocked over for a golden duck.
Corey Anderson along with Pant did manage to bring in the run rate down. Pant who has blown hot and cold showed cheekiness against Patel to get couple of boundaries. With runs drying up at one end, Anderson danced down the pitch to Head only to see his stumps uprooted by the keeper.
Pat Cummins who smacked a six on the earlier delivery, trying for glory shot again fell to Head. Pushed just outside the off stump line, Cummins went for the wild swing gave Kohli a simple catch at long off.
Pant who was under pressure fell for a 34-ball 45. Pant swung too early and completely missed the ball that cleaned his middle stump much to the jubilation of Kolhi. Mishra who was having a poor day was outfoxed by Negi after getting hit for a massive six.
Mohammed Shami did provide the crowd with some enjoy off his lusty blows. Shami’s late order blitz ensured DD needed 13 off 6. Shami trying for the slog ended up getting stumped for a quick 9-ball 21. Negi concluded the proceeding getting the wicket of Shahbaz Nadeem for 2 to end DD innings on 151.
Earlier in the day, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Kohli won the toss and asked DD to field. With reputation on the line it was Chris Gayle and Kohli, who stood up and made their presence felt. Gayle finally came good making a 38-ball 48 inclusive of 3 fours and as many sixes, while Kohli recorded his 31th IPL half-century. For DD, it wasZaheer Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem and Cummins who picked up wickets. Both Travis Head and Kedar Jadhav fell victim to poor running in the middle.
RCB were clearly looking to finish below 150 but late order onslaught by Pawan Negi in the last over ensured RCB reached 161 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 161 for 6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 58 , Chris Gayle 48; Pat Cummins 2 for 21 ) beat Delhi Daredevils 151 all out in 19.5 overs (Rishabh Pant 45, Shreyas Iyer 32; Pawan Negi 3 for 10, Harshal Patel 3 for 43) by 10 runs.
Man of the Match: Harshal Patel