Delhi beat Bangalore to snap losing streak

BANGALORE: The struggling Delhi Daredevils surprised table toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore to register a much-needed 17-run victory at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. Chasing a steep 184, Bangalore made 166-9 in their 20 overs. Delhi, who were lingering at the seventh position before the game, rose to the fourth rank with this emphatic win.

Bangalore got off to a brisk start but lost their way in the second stage of their innings. Jacques Kallis (27) and Manish Pandey (39) started well with a 71-run stand but the visitors fought back with regular wickets to win convincingly in the end.

Three run outs dented the Bangalore chase as the middle order crumbled under pressure. Virat Kohli (38 not out) tried to keep up the fight but ran out of partners in the end. Robin Uthappa (15), Rahul Dravid (one), Eoin Morgan (17) and Mark Boucher (two) failed as the Banglaore chase ran out of steam.

Earlier, a sensational start by David Warner (33), a steady knock by AB de Villiers (45) and some lusty hitting by Kedar Jadhav (50 not out) took the Delhi Daredevils to 183-4.

Though after the flying start, Delhi looked poised to score a total of over 200 but Bangalore pulled back proceedings in the middle overs. However, the Delhi middle order ensured the visitors reached a respectable total.

An uninhibited Warner went after the Bangalore bowling right from the onset, taking Delhi to 44 runs in the fourth over. Warner smashed three fours and two sixes in his 14-ball 33 before Dale Steyn snared him. Virender Sehwag (12) followed his opening partner soon as Bangalore clawed back in the game.

However, de Villiers kept the momentum going through brisk stands with skipper Dinesh Karthik (17) and debutant Jadhav but a brilliant direct hit by Eoin Morgan after strategy break sent back the South African batsman just when Delhi were looking to accelerate.

But Jhadav then surprised Bangalore with some brutal strokeplay that saw the youngster smash five boundaries and two sixes.