Rampaul shines for RCB
BANGALORE – The Delhi Daredevils remain without a victory in the 2013 Indian Premier League following a heart-breaking Super Over defeat to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore today.
The Challengers looked well placed for the points as they chased Delhi’s 152 for 5 from their 20 overs, but a poor finish meant the match finished level.
Two sixes from South African AB de Villiers in the eliminator over made sure the Challengers came out on top to maintain their position at the top of the table.
The match was full of drama in the final overs, after it looked like the hosts would cruise to victory in chasing the 153 required, with De Villiers and Virat Kohli going great guns.
Once De Villiers departed with the score on 129-3, it still seemed hard to imagine RCB would lose it, but the wickets tumbled around Kohli, leaving him to battle along to 65 before falling in the 19th over.
He was furious at having to leave the task up to the tail-enders, but West Indian fast bowler Ravi Rampaul stepped up to the mark and smashed 11 runs in the final over off Yusuf Pathan to force the Super Over.
Delhi’s innings of 152 for 5 was not a daunting figure but it was not a disaster either. Kedhar Jadhav led the way with 29 with Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene also contributing with 20-odd scores.
Bangalore’s response started poorly with both openers departing earlier than planned. Lokesh Rahul could only make 12, while Chris Gayle added a mere 13, leaving De Villiers and Kolhi to sort out the chase.
The pair put on 103 runs together before the South African was sent packing by Proteas team-mate Morne Morkel, who ran him out for 39. The wickets crumbled from there on, as Andrew McDonald, Arun Karthik, Sayed Mohammed and Kolhi all fell in the next nine runs.
The Super Over saw RCB bat first, with Gayle and De Villiers going up against Umesh Yadav. They made 15 thanks to two big sixes from AB, while Gayle could only get two singles.
David Warner and Ben Rohrer batted for Delhi, but †Rampaul bagged Warner off the first ball. Pathan then came in and hit a four and a six, but the West Indian struck again and removed Rohrer off the final ball to leave the Daredevils four runs short. (Sky)††