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Bangalore edge closer to play-offs

Virat Kohli (left) and AB de Villiers blasted RCB to victory.

Virat Kohli (left) and AB de Villiers blasted RCB to victory.

DELHI – Royal Challengers Bangalore got back to winning ways and a step closer to a place in the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs with a thrilling four-run victory over the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi today.

Royal Challengers Bangalore were led by their captain, Virat Kohli who scored a brilliant 99, before Jaydev Unadkat’s five wicket haul sealed the match for the visitors.

Chasing 184, Mahela Jayawardene hit consecutive boundaries off Moises Henriques in the second over, before he hit two more off Ravi Rampaul in the second over.

Jaydev Unadkat got the initial breakthrough as Jayawardene (19) dragged him back onto his stumps. Virender Sehwag dispatched R Vinay Kumar for three successive boundaries before Unadkat deceived him with a slower delivery and had him caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at mid-on.

Unmukt Chand pulled Henriques for a six before David Warner (4) smashed him for a boundary. However the bowler came back strongly to breach Warner’s defense to castle him. Syed Mohammad’s first over went for 20 runs as Chand and Ben Rohrer picked up four boundaries. At the halfway stage, Daredevils were 88 for three, still needing 96 runs.

Vinay Kumar sent back Rohrer (32) bowled off an inside edge leaving Daredevils four down in the 15th over. Needing 61 from 30 balls, Unadkat struck twice to have Chand (41) and Kedar Jadhav (8) caught in the deep. Delhi Daredevils came back strongly as Vinay Kumar’s 18thover went for 17 runs as Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel picked up three boundaries from it. Pathan then hit two sixes off Rampaul leaving Daredevils needing 19 from 6 balls. Despite a couple of blows from Morne Morkel (19) and Irfan Pathan, Daredevils fell four runs short.

Earlier, they won the toss and elected to field. Daredevils struck early as Pathan had the dangerous Chris Gayle (4) play one onto his stumps. Morkel then had Kohli caught behind but much to his dismay it was off a no-ball. Siddarth Kaul was hit for two boundaries, before he struck timber to send back Pujara (17). Kohli was given another chance when he was dropped on 14 by Sehwag off Kaul.

Shahbaz Nadeem got Daredevils their third wicket as he caught Henriques (26) off his own bowling. AB de Villiers launched Morkel into the crowd before Kohli smashed two boundaries in the 17th over. Royal Challengers Bangalore then took apart Umesh Yadav for 24 runs, with three massive sixes. de Villiers (32 not out) at his improvising best swept Kaul for two boundaries before Kohli (99) slammed a couple of sixes and boundaries, taking 23 from the last over. The RCB skipper unfortunately was run out off the final delivery to become the first man in the IPL to be run out on 99.†

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