IPL 2011: A crunch game ends in a victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore over Delhi Daredevils by 3 wickets.

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  • IPL 2011: A crunch game ends in a victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore over Delhi Daredevils by 3 wickets.

Two of the most competitive sides in the Indian Premier League 2011; Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils faces each other in a tight encounter in Delhi. Royal Challengers Bangalore stood victorious at the end of the day by 3 wickets with 3 balls remaining.

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to field first. Delhi Daredevils was off to a substantive start as the openers added together 33 runs to the scorecard. David Warner made a contribution of 7 runs before he was clean bowled by Zaheer Khan.

Virender Sehwag was looking in a good touch for his 25 runs but unfortunate for him, he could not go any further as he got himself run out. His innings included 2 boundaries. Matthew Wade only made 8 runs and was sent back to the pavilion clean bowled by Abhimanyu Mithun.

The partnership between James Hopes and Venugopal Rao gave the Delhi Daredevils something to cheer about. They added together a stand of 47 runs to the scoreboard for Delhi until Venugopal Rao was sent back to the dressing room by Daniel Vettori. He made 24 runs which included 2 fours and a six.

Hopes played the anchor role in Delhi Daredevils innings. He made an ecstatic contribution of 54 runs to the total. He was given out caught on the bowling of Mithun. His innings consisted of 7 hardcore boundaries. With the demise of his wicket, Delhi Daredevils were pushed at 142 for 5 in 18.2 overs.

Naman Ojha was dismissed for 16 runs by Sreenath Aravid in the 20th over. Finally in complete 20 overs, Delhi Daredevils posed a total of 160 runs with the loss of 6 wickets. Irfan Pathan remained unbeaten on 13 runs while Yogesh Nagar was also not out for a duck.

In reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore was off to a disastrous start. It lost its first wicket for as low as 1 run. It was a big wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan. He was sent back by Ashok Dinda for a golden duck. The partnership between Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle anchored the Royal Challengers Bangalore run chase.

Both Kohli and Gayle played a very responsible innings as both depicted their aggression in the form of boundaries and sixes. Together the duo added 82 runs to the scorecard. Finally Gayle was dismissed by Hopes for 26 runs which included 4 fours and a six. AB De Villiers got himself run out for 5 runs.

Virat Kohli who was batting well set at a remarkable total of 56 runs was clean bowled by Morne Morkel. This left Royal Challengers Bangalore at 96 for 4 in 9.1 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara was sent back to the dugout after he added just 7 runs to the total by Yogesh Nagar.

Saurabh Tiwari alongside Daniel Vettori progressed the Royal Challengers Bangalore innings forward. They added 32 runs to the total together until Tiwari was dismantled by Morkel for 18 runs. Abhimanyu Mithun was sent back to the pavilion for a duck by Morkel which left Royal Challengers Bangalore at 139 for 7 in 16.6 overs.

Delhi Daredevils though by now they might just turn the game in their own favour. This was not the case as Daniel Vettori and Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad finished the job for Royal Challengers Bangalore at a final score of 161 runs in 19.3 overs with the loss of 7 wickets.

Vettori remained unbeaten for his 18 runs while Syed Mohammad also remained not out for a priceless little knock of 13 runs. Virat Kohli was announced the man of the match for his great half century.

Games like these are the ones that pump the adrenaline into the hearts of players and the fans. After all who would want to miss on such excitement?