Royal Challengers Bangalore 4-183 (Virat Kohli 99, AB de Villiers 32*, Shahbaz Nadeem 1-23) beat Delhi Daredevils 7-179 (Unmukt Chand 41, Ben Rohrer 32, Jaydev Unadkat 5-25) by four runs.
Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore from the front by crushing the rival bowling and Jaydev Unadkat grabbed 5 wickets as Delhi Daredevils lost again.
Royal Challengers Bangalore blasted 183 runs for the loss of just four wickets in the allocated 20 overs and Delhi Daredevils reached 179 with three wickets remaining.
Jaydev Unadkat (Royal Challengers Bangalore) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his deadly bowling since he was the star performer with the ball after taking 5-25.
The 57th game of the Indian Premier League was played on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Earlier, the stand in captain of Delhi Daredevils, David Warner, won the toss and preferred to chase. The visitors lost their star opener, Chris Gayle for just four runs when he was clean bowled by Irfan Pathan. Virat Kohli, the skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore replaced Gayle as Cheteshwar Pujara was playing a defensive innings. The stumps of the latter were dislodged by Siddarth Kaul for 17 and Moises Henriques joined in with Kohli who was dropped at 14 by Virender Sehwag off Kaul in the seventh over. They kept on cruising and took the score to 89 in 13.2 overs when Henriques was caught and bowled by Shahbaz Nadeem for 26.
AB de Villiers came in next and hit the first six of the innings in the 17th over as Virat Kohli smashed his fifth fifty of the tournament in the same over with a couple of fours. The duo penalized Umesh Yadav for 24 runs in the 18th over with three lofty sixes and 1 four. AB de Villiers added another 2 fours in the next over whereas Kohli dispatched 23 runs in the final over before he was unluckily run out for 99 off just 58 balls with 4 towering sixes and 10 fours. It was the second time in the IPL 2013, when Virat Kohli was dismissed for 99. AB de Villiers remained unbeaten for 32 off 17 with 2 sixes and even fours as Royal Challengers Bangalore piled up 183 with six wickets in hand after 20 overs.
Mahela Jayawardene along with Virender Sehwag went into bat for the hosts as the first hit 4 fours in three overs. Jayawardene was gone for 19 as Unmukt Chand got together with Sehwag and they accumulated 23 runs until the fifth over with 5 fours. Virender Sehwag was caught by Pujara at mid on at the bowling of Jaydev Unadkat for 19 as the score touched 49 in 5.2 overs. Chand hit 1 six and 1 four in the seventh over as David Warner became the next victim for just four runs. Ben Rohrer walked in next and got 3 fours in the 9th over and the hosts required 100 runs to win the match in 66 deliveries.
The pair kept on cruising nicely while sending the ball out of the fence regularly and the score was enhanced to 118 in 14.1 overs when Ben Rohrer was removed by Vinay Kumar for 32 off 27 with 4 fours. Unmukt Chand was the fifth batsman who returned to the dressing room for 41 off 35 with 1 six and 4 fours. Delhi Daredevils were struggling at 6-131 in 16.3 overs as Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel associated in the park. The hosts required another 51 runs from the remaining 18 balls and the 18th over produced 17 runs with 3 fours. Pathan hit two consecutive sixes in the next over as Morkel was clean bowled by Unadkat for 19 and the home side scored 179 after losing seven wickets after the last ball of the 20th over was bowled.
Jaydev broke the back of the Delhi Daredevils by grasping five important wickets whereas Moises Henriques and Vinay Kumar shared one wicket each.
Royal Challangers Bangalore clinched the cliff-hanger with a narrow margin of just four runs.
The present standing of the two teams in the tournament is as follows:
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 16 points from 13 games – 4th position on the table.
Delhi Daredevils – 6 points from 13 games – 8th position on the table.