Rishabh Pant’s solid innings was not enough to pull Delhi Daredevils over the line as they lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 15 runs. Pawan Negi bowled a brilliant last over in which he gave away just three runs and took two wickets including the all important one of Pant. Kedar Jadhav’s blistering innings has ultimately proven to be the match winning one but it has been a masterclass bowling performance from RCB. They never took their foot off the gas and kept the pressure on DD.
IPL 2017, RCB vs DD, Match highlights:
2345 hrs IST: Mishra hits it to long on and that’s that! RCB have won by 15 runs, a crucial win for the home side.
2340 hrs IST: OUT! Shahbaz Nadeem c&b Pawan Negi. Nadeem hits it high and Negi calls for it and takes it comfortably.
2336 hrs IST: OUT! Rishabh Pant b Pawan Negi. That has to seal it now for RCB. Pant goes for the sweep, misses it completely and the ball crashes on to the stumps. What an innings this has been from the youngster.
2331 hrs IST: Amit Mishra swinging at every ball that is coming his way and has scored 6 off 11 balls. Wonder why he needs to do that considering the form Pant is in at the other end.
2325 hrs IST: 50 for Rishabh Pant, what an innings this has been from the youngster. Wickets have fallen all around him and but he has stood strong and led the Delhi reply.
2321 hrs IST: Delhi Daredevils need 32 to win from 18 balls. They are losing wickets far too frequently and the only time the RCB bowling attack seem to be under pressure is when Rishabh Pant is on strike. He is one away from his 50.
2318 hrs IST: OUT! Pat Cummins b Watson. Cummins hit Watson for a six off the previous one but this time he hits it straight to the stumps.
2314 hrs IST: Four overs left in the match and it is still anyone’s game because of the presence of Rishabh Pant in the crease. He is the man keeping Delhi in the chase. But Cummins enters the party and hits Watson for a six off the latter’s first ball.
2310 hrs IST: But Rishabh Pant just keeps going on his own merry way. He is on to 47 now, just three away from his 50. This is a special innings from the youngster. He had a stellar season in the Ranji Trophy, and he is just picking up from that here.
2306 hrs IST: OUT! Carlos Brathwaite b Yuzvendra Chahal. Brathwaite misses it completely as he tries to pull it square and the ball crashes on to the stumps. He had been denied a clear LBW just the previous ball but there is no margin for doubt on this one.
2300 hrs IST: Delhi now need 46 runs to win off 34 balls. Pant had a close shave when he hit one straight to the bowler. It was struck with some power and so, Chahal is unable to hold on to it.
2257 hrs IST: OUT! Chris Morris LBW Abdulla. A big wicket this as Morris can hit big shots. This one doesn’t turn and crashes straight on to Morris’ pads.
2255 hrs IST: 100 up for DD and it is Rishabh Pant who is powering them to victory here. He has scarred Iqbal Abdulla with that first ball six and he is now bowling him only outside off, Pant, replying in sixes and fours.
2249 hrs IST: Watson takes Pant by surprise with a short one but the latter reacts in similar fashion, smacks it square and it goes over for a maximum!
2244 hrs IST: OUT! Sanju Samson c Binny, b Stanlake. That had to happen at some point. Samson was looking to free himself and ends up paying the price. Stuart Binny takes an easy catch at long-on.
2239 hrs IST: Pant gets a boundary off Mills and that is the first in nearly an over and a half. Pant and Samson are not rushing and they don’t need to. But they get another four due to a stinker from Tymal Mills.
2228 hrs IST: SIX! Rishabh Pant smashes the first ball he faces for a maximum! Abdulla bowls it outside off and smashes it over midwicket. To understand the pressure that the bowler is now in, he bowls two wides after that.
2225 hrs IST: OUT! Sam Billings falls to Iqbal Abdullah, DD are 55/3. Abdullah tosses it up and it moves away outside off, Billings slashes it away and Stanlake runs to his left from backward point to catch it.
2223 hrs IST: Sam Billings reverse sweeps Chahal for a six. That is an exhibition of the brute power that Billings has in his hands. DD now need 105 to win off 78 balls.
2220 hrs IST: Sanju Samson comes out to bat and has a bit of a lucky escape off the last ball as it takes a thick inside edge and misses the stumps to go square.
2216 hrs IST: OUT! Karun Nair b Stanlake, straight through and the bails are flying. Stanlake comes roaring back and takes a big wicket. That ball went at almost 144 kph and Nair had no clue about it.
2210 hrs IST: GONE! Aditya Tare b Mills. Tymal Mills brought into the attack and there is the impact. Tare beaten for pace and the ball goes straight through and crashes on to the stumps. Instant impact from the big money buy.
2205 hrs IST: Close call there for Aditya Tare. Abdullah bowls one that moves inside, it takes a thick edge and goes whizzing past Chris Gayle at slips for four.
2159 hrs IST: Aditya Tare sits deep inside the crease and hits Stanlake for his first four of the innings. He then does the same for the final ball, Stanlake is on his first trip to India and that is showing, he has been expensive in these first two overs that he has bowled.
2153 hrs IST: Billy Stanlake starts the attack for RCB, Sam Billings and Aditya Tare open for Delhi Daredevils. Boundary off the fifth ball and that’s 9 runs off the first over.
2136 hrs IST: OUT! Tymal Mills dismissed by Morris and that also marks the end of RCB’s innings. After 20 overs, RCB have scored 157/8. It would have been much worse than that had Kedar Jadhav stuck around but there are enough signs here to show that Delhi Daredevils may be one of the best bowling sides in the tournament.
2131 hrs IST: GONE! Pawan Negi b Morris goes straight through and rattles the stumps. Negi had hit Morris for a six just the previous ball. This time, he makes room for himself and Morris spots that and bowls it accordingly, the off and middle stump are sent flailing away.
2128 hrs IST: An almighty mix up at square leg there between Shahbaz Nadeem and Karun Nair and Zaheer Khan stands with his hands to his hips.
2122 hrs IST: OUT! Kedar Jadhav 69 c Morris b Zaheer. Jadhav was going after everything at this point. This time though, Zaheer bowls it full on off, Jadhav lofts it but it goes straight up and Morris has a simple catch.
2120 hrs IST: OUT! Vishnu Vinod gone the very next and he has been run out by a very good piece of fielding.
2119 hrs IST: Six! This time its Vishnu Vinod, comes down the track and hits it over long on. This is carnage at Bengaluru.
2116 hrs IST: But Jadhav keeps blazing his own trail hit sBrathwaite for a four off the fourth ball and a six off the fifth
2109 hrs IST: GONE!! Stuart Binny c Billings b Zaheer. It was full on to the leg stump. Binny is unable to keep it low and it carries to Sam Billings at deep midwicket.
2103 hrs IST: 50 for Kedar Jadhav and he is running wild here. He has raced to his half century in less than 25 balls.
2057 hrs IST: 6, 4, 4, Kedar Jadhav has gone into overdrive against Amit Mishra. He then takes two runs and hits another six. 20 runs have come off Amit Mishra’s over.
2051 hrs IST: Top spell by Nadeem. He ends with figures of 1/13 from his quota of four overs. Was introduced in the powerplay and gave nothing away during his overs
2044 hrs IST: Top start for Delhi Daredevils as RCB struggle to 61/3 at the half-way mark. Not the kind of start hosts would have hoped for after electing to bat
2039 hrs IST: WICKET! Nadeem scalps the big fish…Watson dances down the track, misses and Pant takes the bails off in a flash. RCB 55/3 in the ninth over of the innings
2038 hrs IST: SIX! Jadhav gives Mishra the charge and goes inside-out over covers for a big hit over the fence. Excellent shot by the right-hander
2034 hrs IST: Zaheer operates with spin from both ends after the batting powerplay. It’s a good time to slip in a few overs against the new batsman Jadhav
2027 hrs IST: WICKET! Over ambitious hit by Mandeep as he drags one back on to his stumps. RCB had got the two boundaries in the over, and the right-hander could have avoided the cut
2026 hrs IST: Quality batting by Mandeep as he hits Cummins for consecutive boundaries. RCB looking to to finish well in the powerplay
2023 hrs IST: Top start by Nadeem as he concedes just two runs from his first over. This is turning out to be a brilliant powerplay for Delhi. Didn’t concede too many runs and also removed Gayle
2020 hrs IST: Early spin! With new batsman in the middle, Zaheer introduces Shahbaz Nadeem into the attack. Good time for him to bowl and give the captain more options at the death
2017 hrs IST: Big big wicket for the Daredevils. Out comes Mandeep Singh, he will join Shane Watson in the middle. With the dangerman back in the hut, RCB now need a steady stand
2015 hrs IST: WICKET! High full toss from Morris and Gayle miscues it. Samson takes a brilliant catch running backwards to get rid of the dangerous opener. RCB 26/1
2011 hrs IST: Gayle gas been watchful so far for the the hosts. Is it the calm before the storm? So far, a very disciplined start by the Delhi Daredevils bowlers
2003 hrs IST: Quite a start this for RCB. 10 runs have come off the first over bowled by Zaheer Khan. Shane Watson and Chris Gayle opening for RCB.
1945 hrs IST: Still no AB, Virat in RCB XI – Gayle, Watson, Mandeep, KM Jadhav (wk), STR Binny, Vishnu Vinod, P Negi, YS Chahal, TS Mills, Iqbal Abdulla, B Stanlake
1937 hrs IST: Here’s a look at the Delhi Daredevils’ Playing XI – SW Billings, AP Tare, SV Samson, KK Nair, RR Pant (wk), CR Brathwaite, CH Morris, PJ Cummins, A Mishra, Z Khan (c), S Nadeem
1928 hrs IST: Shane Watson-led RCB have won the toss and they’re batting first. Zaheer Khan doesn’t mind that, DD looked to bowl first, he says.
1910 hrs IST: Here’s a look at the two squads before the coin goes up for the toss in the city of Bangalore
DD: Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Syed Ahmed, Pratyush Singh
RCB: Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, S Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi
1905 hrs IST: Delhi too lost their star players Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy to injuries and have a very young, and slightly inexperienced squad. The bowling department is well sorted but there could be issues in the batting department
1900 hrs IST: Two teams with a contrasting last season go head-to-head in the IPL 2017 contest in Bangalore on Saturday. Zaheer Khan’s Delhi Daredevils, seeking a turnaround, take on Shane Watson-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB were the runners-up last season but will find it difficult in the tenth edition after missing start players to injury early in the competition