In a match where neither team seemed thrilled enough to win – a super over provided relief to not just the spectators but to host team as well.
Match Report: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils; 16th April 2013 – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
A special over from Ravi Rampaul and the sixes on the last two balls of the Super-over by AB DeVilliers sealed the deal for RCB. Having won the toss and going with the decision to field, RCB tried their best to DD batting line up in check.
With the likes of Virender Sehwag and David Warner as openers, DD got to a decent start with Warner conceding 15runs in 13 balls which included 4 fours. Not to be left behind, Sehwag smashed 4 fours too in his 23- ball 25. Where a clueless Jayawardene managed 28 off 31, Irfan Pathan and Kedar Jadhav impressed the most by blazing 2 fours and a six each as they remained unbeaten on 29 (16) and 19(8) respectively.
With 42 for none, the match, as one sided as it was presumed got interesting. The spark, however, was short lived as the openers did not last long. Warner was caught and bowled when trying to slam Vinay Kumar back. Sehwag, on the other hand, misjudged the length sending bowl straight into the hands of Virat Kohli at mid-wicket.
On a flat pitch that skid surrounded by a quick small outfield, neither DD batsman shone nor were RCB bowlers able to extract movement. Yet DD were able to put ample runs to choke RCB.
Truthfully, RCB’s could’ve choked at the very start if Umpire Vineet Kulkarni hadn’t nixed a shout for lbw by Ashish Nehra when he hit Lokesh Rahul’s pad. Not being the one to take reprieves seriously, Rahul foolishly held out at midwicket off Nehra again after scoring just 12 runs of 12 balls.
What came next was battle between Chris Gayle and Morne Morkel. Two huge sixes later – Morkel had the guy with a thick edge flying all the way to third man.
With two down for 26 in the fourth over, RCB still could still boast their two other stars – Kohli and deVilliers. The two stars sprinkled boundaries, manages one six each. Kohli mostly targeted left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem in the middle overs but brought up his fifty when he pulled a long hop from Irfan. The two put forth a 103 runs third wicket partnership while bringing down the required run-rate.
Morkel became the man of the hour again when his direct hit ran out deVilliers. deVilliers’ departure ignited a downfall of RCB batting line as McDonald was caught and bowled for a duck followed by Arun Karthik run out courtesy Morkel (again). Yadav and Mohammad were both caught at midwicket fence. Unable to take the pressue, Kohli drove forward and was caught by Jayawardene at cover.
With 12 to get from the last over, Rampaul smashed a huge six that brought the ball in RCB’s court. Irfan had other plans as he gave away only five more runs in the over end the match on a tie, forcing a super-over.
Where RCB sent out its best batsmen AB deVilliers and Chris Gayle, DD decided to go with Umesh Yadav. Gayle sent Yadav spinning for two runs in two balls but it was deVilliers’ astoundingly flashy two sixes that secured RCB’s position.
Delhi Daredevils 152 for 5 (Unadkat 2-24)
Royal Challengers Bangalore 152 for 7 (Kohli 65, de Villiers 39)
Player of the day: Virat Kohli
Disappoint of the day: Mahela Jayawardene