Daniel Vettori guides RCB to comfortable win – Delhi Daredevils vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore – Overs 10 to 20 – Report
The Royal Challengers Bangalore seemed to be heading towards a comfortable win before losing three wickets in quick session near the end of the first 10 overs putting the Delhi Daredevils back in charge of the see-saw tie.
Saurabh Tiwary and Cheteshwar Pujara had the responsibility of getting their side back on track thrust upon them.
The pair though found the going tough as they only managed to score eight runs in the next two overs before Pujara was dismissed in the 13th over after scoring just seven runs.
Daniel Vettori made his way onto the crease with his team in desperate need of some heroics and the pair struggled to get going as the Delhi bowlers tightened the screws with some well disciplined bowling.
Yusuf Pathan was reintroduced into the bowling attack for the 16th over and the Delhi bowler continued to struggle as Vettori smashed a six over long-off that put the pressure on the bowler.
Pathan’s confidence seemed to shatter after that as he cost his side a further six runs to end the over having gifted the Royal Challengers a pressure relieving 12 runs from the over.
Tiwaray seemed to understand the teams need to push on as he sent Albie Morkel’s first delivery in the 17th over for a massive six. Yet Morkel had the last laugh when Tiwaray was caught behind just three deliveries later.
Morkel has been one of the bowlers of the season so far in the Indian Premier League, and showed more of his ability with the bowl when he sent Mithium packing just two deliveries later.
At 139 runs for the loss of seven wickets the Royal Challengers Bangalore found themselves increasingly on the back foot as the Delhi Daredevils closed in on the two points.
Needing 22 runs from 18 deliveries Syed Mohammad entered the fray for the batting side and immediately clicked with Daniel Vettori. Syed Mohammad did his team’s cause a great deal of good when he managed to get eight runs off the last two deliveries of the
18th over that mean that the Royal Challengers now needed a run a ball from the final two overs of the match.
A Daniel Vettori boundary in the last over and a couple of singles meant that the batting side needed only three runs from the final six deliveries of the match.
There was room for some late drama when Vettori was fortunate to not be on his way back to the pavilion after the hapless Yusuf Pathan fumbled the catch.
Syed Mohammad took a single to tie up the tense encounter that the Royal Challengers Bangalore won with three deliveries to spare.