Delhi Daredevils win

A stunning batting display by Tillakaratne Dilshan ensured Delhi Daredevils pulled off another brilliant win over Bangalore Royal Challengers in the second edition of the Indian Premier League.



Published: Sun 26 Apr 2009, 5:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:48 AM

Virendra Sehawag hit a bustling six before he lobbed a simple catch to Pitersen off the bowling of Pankaj Singh. Gambhir departed soon afterwords nicking a simple one to Boucher at slip. With TM Dilshan on the crease along with AB De Villiers, its still a long way away from a decision in the match, but Pietersen will be well aware if he can get rid of them the Royal Challengers have a good chance of closing the score on them.

Surprisingly, batsmen from both teams found that boundaries were not easy to come by and relied on singles and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking.

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Challengers set Daredevils 150 to win

It was only some lusty hitting by Mark Boucher in the last few overs that propelled the Royal Challengers to a challenging, if not intimidating 150 against the Delhi Daredevils.

After most of the top order had crumbled against a quality pace and spin attack, Boucher and Virat Kohli stitched up a decent partnership, which largely relied on singles and twos to get the scoreboard moving. Dirk Nannes was the most impressive of the Daredevils, even as Ashish Nehra picked up 2 for 34 in his 4 over spell.

The Challengers will now have to get rid of Sehwag as soon as possible if they entertain any hopes of making a match out of this game.

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Pietersen folly adds to Challengers batting woes

If the Royal Challengers were looking to turn the tide of fortune in their favour, Kallis’ departure for a first ball duck did not seem like a good omen.

He shouldered his arms to Dirk Nannes delivery, which took his off stump. And when Uthappa departed having scored just three, it seemed like the Delhi Daredevils were well and firmly on top.

Kevin Pietersen, whose reputation as one of the most expensive players in IPL lies in tatters looked to steady the ship and cudgel a few boundaries, and he seemed to be getting into the groove before he tried the folly of switch hitting against Daniel Vettori and lost his middle stump. He scored 37 off 25 balls.

Ross Taylor on the other hand adopted a more cautius approach as Bangalore reached 74 for 3 in the tenth over.

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Pietersen attempts to steady Challengers

If the Royal Challengers were looking to turn the tide of fortune in their favour, Kallis’ departure for a first ball duck did not seem like a good omen. He shouldered his arms to Dirk Nannes delivery, which took his off stump.

And when Uthappa departed having scored just three, it seemed like the Delhi Daredevils were well and firmly on top. Kevin Pietersen, whose reputation as one of the most expensive players in IPL lies in tatters looked to steady the ship and cudgel a few boundaries.

Ross Taylor on the other hand adopted a more cautius approach as Bangalore reach 61 for 2 in the eight over. Pietersen would have to bring out some big strokes from his armoury if he wants the Challengers to sustain the Daredevil’s batting firepower.


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