Yuvraj’s fifty takes Bangalore to victory

 18 Apr 2014 - 3:54

Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrate after winning their Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, yesterday.

Sharjah: Delhi Daredevils (DD) dropped the dangerous Virat Kohli twice in their eight-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Sharjah yesterday. 
The RCB captain got reprieves on 23 and 24 in the 13th over bowled by Wayne Parnell. Kohli (49 not out) cut loose after those drops and along with Yuvraj Singh (52 not out) took RCB over the line in 16.4 overs.
In pursuit of a modest 146, RCB lost Australian Nic Maddinson to Mohammed Shami in the second over for six as the left-hander nicked a bouncer going down leg to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. 
Parthiv Patel didn’t let the early wicket affect the team, putting on view some exquisite shots. However, after adding 56 with Virat Kohli, who was subdued in the partnership, Patel was cleaned up by legspinner Rahul Sharma for 37.
The scoring became a bit difficult for Kohli and new batsman Yuvraj over the next couple of overs. 
With RCB 86 for 2 in 12 overs, the match was nicely poised but the drops by IPL debutant Jimmy Neesham at backward square leg and Mayank Agarwal at deep cover in the next over doused whatever little hopes DD had. 
The next two overs yielded 35 runs with Kohli scoring 21 out of them with the help of three sixes. It was a matter of time before both batsmen took the team over the line.
Earlier, after being put in to bat, DD suffered a bad start, losing their top four in the blink of an eye. On a two-faced pitch, RCB medium pacers Mitchell Starc, Albie Morkel and Varun Aaron sparkled, getting rid of Agarwal (6), stand-in captain Karthik (0) and Manoj Tiwary (1) respectively. 
Agarwal got undone by a ball that got big on him, resulting in a miscued pull shot; Karthik fell caught-behind to a delivery that moved away from him, while Tiwary tried to flick a ball going down leg but found the gloves of Patel. Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal then cleaned up Murali Vijay for 18 with a legbreak, leaving DD tottering at 35 for 4 in 7.1 overs. Ross Taylor then joined JP Duminy at the crease and both began DD’s revival in earnest.
Singles and doubles were the order of DD’s innings over the next few overs. 
The boundary hit by Taylor in the 13th over came after a gap of 42 balls. With 82 for 4 in 15 overs, DD were in a crying need for big runs and Duminy cut loose reading the situation really well. The last five overs yielded 63 runs for DD with Duminy scoring majority of the runs - 40. 
Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils 145 for 4 in 20 overs (Duminy 67*, Taylor 43*; MoM Chahal 1 for 18) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 146 for 2 in 16.4 overs (Yuvraj 52*, Kohli 49*; Shami 1 for 30) by eight wickets