Shrugging off their defeat in the opening match, last year’s runners up Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) rode an all-round bowling performance to defeat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in a thrilling match in the 10th edition of the IPL.
A look at some of the Heros and Zeros from the nail-biting encounter.
Shahbaz Nadeem (DD)
Most wickets in 2015 Ranji season!
Most wickets in 2016 Ranji season!
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 8, 2017
Coming to bowl in the fifth over of the Powerplay and that too against the likes of Shane Watson, Nadeem conceded a mere two runs. While the other bowlers were leaking runs at the other end, the left arm spinner choked the RCB batting unit in his next over too, giving away only four. Going great guns, skipper Zaheer Khan opted to finish his quota of full overs. Nadeem did not disappoint his captain, as he snapped up Watson’s wicket and finished his spell with miserly figures of 4-0-13-1.
Kedhar Jadhav (RCB)
The pocket sized dynamo was at his sublime best against DD, spanking bowlers all across the park. Continuing his purple patch, Kedhar was watchful in the initial part of the innings, scoring 15 of first 17 balls. But he shifted gears in the 13th over of the innings, smacking Amit Mishra for 24 runs, which included two fours and a six. He also developed a particular liking for Carlos Brathwaite, dealing him with only boundaries. Jadhav’s onslaught was cut short by old horse Zaheer, but by then he had scored 69 (37b, 5X4, 5X6).
He's 19 and he already has a reputation! Hits his 1st ball for a six and induces two off-side wides. #RishabhPant
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 8, 2017
Joining the squad after performing the last rites of his father, 19-year old Pant smashed the very first ball he faced for a six. Not letting emotions get the better of him, the teenager made his intentions clear from the very beginning. In spite of wickets tumbling at the other end, Pant took on Iqbal Abdullah’s off spin, hitting him for consecutive boundaries. DD’s final hopes of a victory rested on Pant’s shoulders, but he was dismissed in the first ball of the 20th over, failing to take his side over the line. A dejected Pant had to take the long walk, but only after he scored 57 (36b, 3X4, 4X6).
And the Zeros:
The giant assassin from the Caribbean failed to live up to his expectation once again, falling for only six runs. Gayle’s dry run against DD at Chinnaswamy continued as he failed to connect properly to a harmless full-toss delivery from Chris Morris, giving a not-so-difficult catch at mid-off. The home fans’ hopes of a Gayle fury was dashed as the big-guy returned to the dugout disappointed.
The leg spinner endured a forgettable day in office as his former DD teammate Kedhar Jadhav took 24 runs of his second over, ensuring ‘Mishy’ did not get any more chance to bowl in the innings. His first over went for eight, which included a six off Kedhar. But RCB’s innings gained momentum from his second, where he conceded a whopping 24.
KJ started with a couple, but then hit a six and two fours in succession to Mishra’s agony. It went from bad to worse as Jadhav collected another couple, before sending the final delivery of the over into the stands again. He faced another torrid time with the bat, scoring only 8 of 14, and allowing the pressure to mount on Pant.
The West Indies all rounder failed to contribute both with the bat and the ball. Having conceded 29 of his 2 overs, DD relied a lot on his power hitting with the bat. However, Brathwaite came a cropper in that department too. Looking absolutely clueless against Chahal, Brathwaite’s stay at the crease, where he scored 1 off 5 was ended by the RCB leggie itself. Being an impact player, he would like to make amends in his next match for sure.