Thursday, 17 May 2012

DLF IPL 2012 Match 67 – DD vs RCB


Predator (Gayle) reckoned that his team was under pressure to deliver their most excellent in the must-win game against table-toppers Delhi Daredevils. And the Jamaican once more became the wrecker-in-chief with an unbeaten 128 runs from 62 balls. Predator destroyed the Daredevils on their home turf.

Predator (Gayle) along with Virat Kohli shared an unbeaten 204-run partnership for the second wicket as Bangalore posted a massive total of 215 runs. The only wicket they gone was of Dilshan who decomposed in the third over, but from there on, it was the Gayle rainstorm and Kohli’s elegant strokes which made a mockery of the Delhi bowling attack.

It was an inflexible chase for the Delhi Daredevils who came to the field without their regular skipper Virender Sehwag, who missed the match due to fever. Delhi too rested their in-form bowler Morne Morkel and Gayle along with Kohli made the most of it. On two occasions, Predator (Gayle) scored three successive sixes and there was a stage when the Delhi bowlers had given up to his lusty blows and his ability to clear the rope at will.

It was always going to be an inflexible chase for Delhi but they made sure that they put up a fight in front of the home crowd. David Warner began his innings in style as he scored two consecutive boundaries off Dilshan’s first over and also damaged Zaheer Khan for a six over extra-cover. But the Australian lost manages of his bat the very next ball and decomposed. Unmukt Chand was impressive during his short stay at the crease but the youngster couldn’t handle up with the pressure of scoring consistent boundaries.

Venugopal Rao played a few good strokes earlier than he was dismissed by Muralitharan. The Sri Lankan was hit for numerous boundaries and sixes by Ross Taylor who rose to the occasion just on time. Virat Kohli had put three fielders for him on the leg-side, but Taylor managed to clear the chains and find gaps on numerous occasions. Towards the end, it was all left to Andre Russell who played a small cameo role, but with no support from the other end, in spite of his best efforts, Delhi fell short of the mammoth total by 21 runs.

Even though the Daredevils had nothing to lose in the match having already booked their berth to the playoffs, the result would boost the buoyancy of Bangalore who need to win their next game in classify to reach to the top four. During his burning knock, Predator (Gayle) became the only player in IPL history to have three tons by his name. He was very sincere after his knock as he approved that his innings came under pressure and the team had a lot to talk about regarding their own performance in the last couple of days.

Summarized Scores:
Royal Challengers Bangalore 215-1 (20 Overs)

CH Gayle             128(62)                                  VR Aaron        1-38
V Kohli                73(53)                                    AD Russell      0-41

Delhi Daredevils 194-9 (20 Overs)

LRPL Taylor         55(26)                                   Z Khan          3-38
Y Venugopal Rao  36(24)                                   P Parameswaran  3-30

Man of the Match:

CH Gayle (RCB)


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