Another high-voltage game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 10 between Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ended following a thrilling climax where Bangalore snatched the victory from Delhi and won the game by 15 runs at the Chinnaswamy stadium, Bengaluru.
Bangalore bagged the victory and moved up to the 5th position in the points tally. On the other hand, Delhi has to stand down at 7th position after losing the opening game.
In order to chase the target of 158 runs, Aditya Tare along with Sam Billings came on the crease. Delhi had a pretty good start as the openers added a total of 43 runs for the first wicket. Delhi lost its first wicket in the 5th over and the team was reduced to 33/1.
Following Tare’s dismissal, Delhi faced two quick scalp falls in the form of Karun Nair and Sanju Samson while both of them failed to do anything special with the bat as well. Delhi wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant came in at number 5 and as speculated, he was on fire right from the beginning. He came into bat when Delhi was struggling and were at 84/4. Within a fraction of the time, Pant got settled on the crease but at the same time, he lacked any stagnant partner at the other end. Chris Morris (4), Carlos Brathwaite (1) and Pat Cummins (6) were the next three men dismissed within no time.
But Rishab Pant stood as strong as a rock and carried the load of the game till the end. In the last over, Delhi needed 17 runs to win while and Pant had the strike. On the other hand, Watson, gambling at the eleventh hour and handed over the ball to Pawan Negi who didn’t ball in the entire game before. Watson’s move hit the bull’s eye and Negi dismissed Rishabh Pant in the very first ball and there was a complete silence in the Delhi dugout.
Pant returned to the pavilion after scoring 57 off 36 while the game fell directly in RCB’s favour. Negi gave another shock to Delhi once again in the third ball of the over and dismissed Shahbaz Nadeem for a duck. Skipper Zaheer Khan came in the end but was left with no option then. Delhi lost the game by 15 runs and RCB marked their first win.