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It was another close encounter which the Delhi Daredevilsmissed by a whisker after fighting hard to stay in the game. It was a heartbreaking loss for the hosts as they went down to the Royal Challengers Bangalore by four runs in their last home game.
After being clobbered by AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, the Daredevils, led by stand-in skipper David Warner put up a fight with the bat but lost wickets at crucial junctures in the innings.
After losing Mahela Jayawardenewith 25 run on the board, Unmukt Chand came out to the middle and put up a valiant effort to hold the innings together in the massive chase. Talking of the task assigned to him, the youngster told iplt20.com, “We had lost early wickets. Mahela had given us a good start but it was important for us to capitalise and build partnerships and that is what I was supposed to do.”
“We wanted to take it to the last overs, and bring it closer because if you look at their innings they were also around the same in their ten overs but then they capitalised on it later on and we also wanted to do the same but somehow we just missed it,” he added while discussing the strategy chasing 184.
The youngster who fought hard till the last quarter of the game departed for 41 in the 17th over and it was left to the lower order to take the team across the line. However, with Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel smashing the ball around, hopes were raised of a possible win. “Yes the hopes were still there and we wanted to win but that’s the way it went,” Chand said while talking about the end moments of the game.
Asked if the four overs, when DD conceded 77 runs, cost them the game, the DD batter said, “I think so, yes. They scored too many runs in the last few overs and I think those runs made a difference later on.”
DD will now take on the Chennai Super Kings in their next game where they will again be led by Warner. Speaking of the new captain, Chand observed, “He is a good captain. He is an aggressive captain and takes decisions on the field.”
77: Runs scored by Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen in the last four overs of their innings – most by any side in IPL history. The previous record was of 71 runs on two occasions.
65: Runs conceded by Umesh Yadav in his four overs – second most expensive figures by any bowler in IPL history. Only Ishant Sharma has conceded more (66) runs in an IPL match.
5: For 25 – Jaidev Unadkat’s figures – second best for any bowler in IPL 2013 after James Faulkner’s 5 for 20 for Rajasthan Royals against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Jaipur.
5: All five teams in IPL 2013 - which started IPL2013 with an overseas player as their captain; have now replaced their captain at some stage of the tournament.
2: Number of batsmen to be dismissed on 99 in a Twenty20 match. The only batsman other than Virat Kohli to suffer this fate is Alex Hales, who was bowled on 99 against West Indies at Nottingham in 2012.
1: Virat Kohli became the first captain to aggregate 500 runs in IPL 2013.