Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB De Villiers in action against Delhi Daredevils at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. (HT Photo/Virendra Singh Gosain)
In a match of fluctuating fortunes, Delhi Daredevils flirted with their first victory only for it to end in a heart-breaking loss in the Super Over. For most part of the night they were least expected to break their four-match losing streak, but a couple of quick wickets of Royal Challengers Bangalore changed the equation quickly.
Skipper Virat Kohli’s blazing 65 (50b, 7x4, 1x6) put the hosts in line for an easy win after Daredevils had tripped to 152/5 at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium. But the script went awry after AB de Villiers (39 - 32b, 3x4, 1x6) departed after putting on a potentially match-winning 103 runs with Kohli.
Twist in the tale
However, wickets fell in a heap and Kohli too committed harakiri, giving Daredevils hope. But there was a final twist in the tale. With 12 required off the last over, Ravi Rampaul struck a six off Irfan Pathan’s first ball but the bowler came to take the match into Super Over.
In the nail-biting one-over duel, de Villiers clinched it for RCB. Having thrown away the match earlier, he smashed two sixes off Umesh Yadav as RCB finished with 15.
In reply, Daredevils lost David Warner in the first ball but a four and six from Pathan again took it to the last ball. But Rampaul kept his nerve to knock out Ben Rohrer's stumps to script a sensational four-run win. It was fifth straight loss for Daredevils but one that would have hurt them the most. While luck has eluded them, loss only seems to follow them.
In fact, they had started the night on a bright note but luck was not in their favour. On any other night, David Warner's rocket-speed shot would have hurried to the boundary. But on Tuesday, his missile got stuck in bowler Vinay Kumar's hands. The dismissal summed up the Daredevils' season thus far.
Until then, Warner and Virender Sehwag had provided Delhi with the best start, adding 43 runs in 5.4 overs. And two ball after Warner's dismissal, Sehwag, looking in fine nick, offered the simplest of catches to Virat Kohli.
From then onwards, Daredevils never recovered. Either their batsman found the fielder on the night or got out in unfortunate circumstances.