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Royal Challengers Bangalore got back to winning ways and a step closer to a place in the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs with a thrilling four run victory over the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
Unmukt Chand pulled Henriques for a six before David Warner (4) smashed him for a boundary. However the bowler came back strongly to breach through Warner’s defense to castle him. Syed Mohammad's first over went for 20 runs as Chand and Ben Rohrer picked up four boundaries. At the halfway stage, DD were 88 for three, still needing 96 runs.
Vinay Kumar sent back Rohrer (32) bowled off an inside edge leaving DD four down in the 15th over. Needing 61 from 30 balls, Unadkat struck twice to have Chand (41) and Kedar Jadhav (8) caught in the deep. Delhi Daredevils came back strongly as Vinay Kumar's 18thover went for 17 runs as Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel picked up three boundaries from it. Pathan then hit two sixes off Rampaul leaving DD needing 19 from 6 balls. Despite a couple of blows from Morne Morkel (19) and Irfan Pathan, DD fell four runs short.
Earlier, DD won the toss and elected to field. DD struck early as Pathan had the dangerous Chris Gayle (4) play one onto his stumps. Morkel then had Kohli caught behind but much to his dismay it was off a no-ball. Siddarth Kaul was hit for two boundaries, before he struck timber to send back Pujara (17). Kohli was given another chance when he was dropped on 14 by Sehwag off Kaul.
Shahbaz Nadeem got DD their third wicket as he caught Henriques (26) off his own bowling. AB de Villiers launched Morkel into the crowd before Kohli smashed two boundaries in the 17th over. RCB then took apart Umesh Yadav for 24 runs, with three massive sixes. de Villiers (32*) at his improvising best swept Kaul for two boundaries before Kohli (99) slammed a couple of sixes and boundaries, taking 23 from the last over. The RCB skipper unfortunately was run out off the final delivery to become the first man to be run out on 99. RCB finished their 20 overs at 183 for four.
Man-of-the-Match: Jaydev Unadkat
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 183 for 4 (Virat Kohli 99, Shahbaz Nadeem 1-23) defeated Delhi Daredevils 179 for 7 (Unmukt Chand 41, Jaydev Unadkat 5-25) lost by 4 runs.
Pune Warriors India’s woeful run in the Pepsi IPL 2013 continued as they suffered a crushing 46-run defeat at the hands ofKolkata Knight Riders at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune. After KKR posted 152, their bowlers bowled out PWI for 106.
Chasing 153, PWI started positively with two boundaries off Lakshmipathy Balaji in the second over. Aaron Finch (5), who survived a run out attempt off Jacques Kallis in the third over, was sent back bowled a few balls later. Balaji then struck, having Yuvraj Singh (1) caught behind in the next over to all but crush the hosts’ hopes of getting to the target. PWI made 34 from their Power Play.
Iqbal Abdulla sent back Udit Birla (7) as he knocked back his off-stump. The PWI batsmen struggled to get the bowlers away as the required run rate steadily rose. At the halfway stage, PWI were 49 for three, still requiring another 104 runs for a win.
Abdulla had Robin Uthappa (31) caught by Gautam Gambhirat point in the eleventh to leave PWI four down.Angelo Mathews launched Rajat Bhatia for a six in the 14th over before the bowler came back to dismiss Mitchell Marsh (5), caught by Manoj Tiwary at the boundary. Needing 73 from 30 balls, Mathews (40) deposited Kallis into the stands twice before perishing trying to hit Narine over the stands. The PWI capitulation continued as Mahesh Rawat (5) was caught behind of Kallis before Narine had Wayne Parnell (5) caught in the deep. PWI were bundled out for 106, falling 46 runs short.
Earlier KKR won the toss and elected to bat. Gambhir got going with two boundaries off Krishnakant Upadhyay in the second over. He continued attacking with consecutive boundaries off IPL debutant, Parvez Rasool. Kumar got the first breakthrough having Manvinder Bisla (12) stumped in the sixth over. KKR made 50 from their Power Play. Rasool then had Kallis (2) caught at cover. KKR were 66 for two at the halfway stage.
PWI bowlers stifled the flow of runs, as the KKR batsmen struggled to find the boundary. Eoin Morgan hit Marsh straight to Uthappa at short fine-leg in the twelfth over to leave KKR three down. Marsh dismissed Gambhir soon after his half-century, caught by Angelo Mathews at short midwicket. Wickets continued to tumble as Yusuf Pathan (3) then fell caught behind off Kumar. Ryan ten Doeschate (31) took apart Mathews' 17th over for 17 runs, with a six and two boundaries. He followed that up with blasting Kumar for two boundaries before top-edging to Upadhyay.
Bhatia (13*), with a boundary and a six in the final over, propelled KKR to 152 for six.
Man-of-the-Match: Gautam Gambhir
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 152 for 6 (Gautam Gambhir 50, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-25) defeated Pune Warriors India 106 all out in 19.3 overs (Angelo Mathews 40, Lakshmipathy Balaji 3-19) by 46 runs.