Royal Challengers Bangalore produced a clinical bowling display after Kedar Jadhav’s batting heroics as they beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in their IPL match, here on Saturday.
Chasing 158 for a win on a Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch which was good for batting, Delhi messed up in their chase as they ended at 142 for 9. Young Rishabh Pant’s 36-ball 57 which was studded with three fours and four sixes went in vain.
Delhi lost wickets at regular intervals in the light of some tight bowling from RCB and none of their specialist batsmen did stay for long to give company to Pant. The shot selection of most of Delhi batsmen left a lot to be desired.
Delhi though were in the hunt till the closing stages of the match as they needed 37 from the final four overs and 21 from the final two, but Amit Mishra consumed a lot of deliveries without adding runs to the scoreboard. That added pressure to Pant who was out in the final over.
Pawan Negi did the trick as he took two wickets in the final over, including that of Pant to end the Delhi innings.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, RCB began on a brisk pace but lost two quick wickets early on and that put brakes on their scoring rate.
Jadhav then produced an excellent innings as he shifted gears from being watchful to hitting a flurry of big shots to the huge cheers of home supporters.