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IPL 7: Woeful Delhi Daredevils fall short vs RCB after Yuvraj masterclass

Royal Challengers Bangalore rode on a brilliant Yuvraj Singh innings to thrash a listless Delhi Daredevils by 16 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday 

Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore survived a late order blitz by JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav as Yuvraj Singh's six-laden half-century proved too good for Delhi Daredevils who lost by 16 runs in their IPl match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday night.

Yuvraj smashed a magnificient 68 not out in a stunning six-hitting exhibition as RCB managed to hold off the Daredevils.

With today's win, Bangalore jumped to sixth spot with eight points from 10 matches while Delhi languished at the bottom with four points from 10 matches as they now face an uphill task to qualify for the play-offs.

Yuvraj SinghRCB batsman Yuvraj Singh acknowledges the crowd and his teammates after reaching his fifty during the IPL 7 match against Delhi Daredevils at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday. 

Chasing a stiff 187 for a win, Delhi were restricted to 170 for seven in 20 overs to lose the match which started 70 minutes behind schedule due to light drizzle.

Delhi began their chase in the worst possible fashion as they lost both their openers Murali Vijay (1) and Quinton de Kock (6) inside the second over at team total of 10 for two.

Captain Kevin Pietersen (33) and Mayank Agarwal (31) briefly kept Delhi in the game with a 63-run stand for the third wicket from 7.2 overs before the latter was out.

The match was as good as over when Pietersen was out in the 12th over off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as Delhi were reduced to 97 for four, needing 90 runs from eight overs.  

Pietersen, who is yet to come up with a big score from his seven innings, hit two fours and a six in his 29-ball knock. He was foxed by Chahal with the turn, as a flatter and shorter delivery beat a charging-down Pietrsen for Parthiv Patel to do the easy stumping.

Dinesh Karthik (1) did not stay long at the crease as he followed his captain at the dressing room just an over later and though JP Duminy hit a six off Chahal soon after, Delhi needed to score 68 runs from the last five overs at an asking rate of 13 runs per over.

Duminy (48 off 30 balls) made a heroic effort along with Kedar Jadhav (37) but the South African's resistance ended in the 18th over and with it, the flicker of hope for Delhi to win also gone.

Delhi needed 26 off the last over bowled by Mitchell Starc and Jadhav hit a six off the first ball but they could score only nine runs from that over.

Veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and pacer Mitchell Starc took two wickets each for 25 and 26 runs respectively while Abu Nechim Ahmed and Chahal chipped in with a wicket each.

Earlier, a sensational six hitting exhibition by star batsman Yuvraj Singh late in the innings took Royal Challengers Bangalore to 186 for four.

The in-form Yuvraj (68 not out) set the Chinnaswamy Stadium on fire as he hit nine sixes and a four from just 29 balls in his unbeaten knock to single-handedly took his side to a formidable total after being put into bat.

Yuvraj, who had scored a brilliant 83 against Rajasthan Royals in their last game, shared a 79-run partnership with Sachin Rana (15 not out) for the unconquered fifth wicket as Bangalore scored 79 runs in the last five overs to end their innings with a flourish.

AB de Villiers contributed a useful 33 off just 17 balls after the match started 70 minutes behind schedule due to light drizzle.

Coming out at the 15th over after the fall of Parthiv Patel (29), Yuvraj hit sixes almost at will towards the end of his side's innings to the vociferous cheer by his home crowd.

Yuvraj, who received criticism from some quarters for his indifferent form in recent times, began with three sixes off successive balls off South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir to gather 21 runs in the 17th over and then smashed a maximum each in the next two overs bowled by Mohammed Shami and Siddarth Kaul.

The star batsman reserved for the best for the last as he hammered Rahul Shukla for 27 runs in the final over, belting four consecutive sixes.

Earlier, the Bangalore innings was off to a decent start after Chris Gayle made 22 off 23 balls, smashing two sixes and and a four during his knock.

The big-built West Indian, who is yet to get a big score under his belt in this IPL, got out off pacer Rahul Shukla as he tried to smash the ball on the legside only to get an inside edge that uprooted the stumps.

Captain Virat Kohli (10), who is yet to fire from his bat in this IPL so far, once again disappointed the fans as he failed to ground his bat while trying to steal a second run of the throw of Shukla from fine leg.

De Villiers walked into the middle when Bangalore were in the spot of bother after losing two quick wickets with just 45 runs on the board coming from 8.1 overs. Along with Yuvraj, de Villiers rebuilt the Bangalore innings. De Villiers smashed four boundaries and a six in his 33-run knock off 17 balls and he departed with Bangalore struggling at 107 for four in 14.2 overs before Yuvraj took centrestage.

Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 186 for 4 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 68 not out, AB de Villiers 33). Delhi Daredevils: 170 for 7 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 48; Muttiah Muralitharan 2/25, Mitchell Starc 2/26).

Rain plays spoilsport with Bangalore fans

Bangalore: An exciting IPL contest between hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils was delayed by over a hour late Tuesday at the Chinnaswamy stadium here, as intermittent rains played spoilsport testing patience of frenzied fans.

Even as captains Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen got ready to toss in the middle, a cloudy sky opened up after a hot day and a drizzle turned into a downpour, forcing groundsmen to pull covers over the pitch and the outfield.

Just as rain stopped and covers were being removed around 8 p.m., short spells further delayed the toss by 50 minutes and the start was rescheduled to 9.10 p.m.

Chinnaswamy stadiumThe pitch is covered with tarpaulin sheet as a supper sopper machine dries the ground before start the IPL 7 match at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Much to the relief of die-hard fans, match referee Andy Pycroft declared that both the team will play for the stipulated 20 overs, hoping rains gods will keep away till the match gets over past midnight.

"Though we are disappointed by the delayed start, it was worth waiting to watch a full match, as it is sheer fun with all the excitement the game generates irrespective of who wins," M. Jayakrishnan, sales manager in a private firm, told IANS in the eastern stands.

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