IPL 2017: Bangalore beat Delhi by 15 runs

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Once I got power, I started hitting big shots. And boy did he entertain. Delhi Daredevils meanwhile head to Pune for their away fixture against Rising Pune Supergiant, scheduled to be played on April 11. Not a very homely atmosphere for Kings XI Punjab, yet again.

The rest of de Villiers' innings was genius. Vishnu Vinod is likely to be pitched in at No.5.

The partnership was going smooth, and in many ways, that wicket turned the contest in Kings XI Punjab's favour.

"I got enough time to train with Shankar Basu". On Monday, he batted like the way only he does.

After a few quiet overs, de Villiers plundered a six and a four to accumulate 13 runs off young left-arm seamer T Natarajan in the ninth over to help RCB reach 47 for 3.

It was a good toss to win, but Royal Challengers Bangalore opted to bat on a greenish wicket that was bound to lend early assistance to bowlers. In first 28-balls he had just scored 31 runs while in the next 18 balls "Mr. 360" smashed 57 runs.

"We probably needed to play a bit more aggressively and should have gone a bit harder", Smith said.

Wriddhiman Saha is no MS Dhoni. But talk about wicketkeeping and there arises his "awesomeness". Today, was no different. Unfortunately, though, Jadhav was given out lbw off the bowling of Varun Aaron, a little unluckily, with the tracker showing the ball would have gone over the stumps.

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Fowler, who shot an 80 in the opening round past year to miss the cut, made the biggest move Friday with a 5-under 67. But Fitzpatrick was unable to copy his playing partner as he bogeyed at the same hole to move back to five-over-par.

The first was off Sandeep Sharma, who was slanting the ball across the right-hander.

Mandeep consumed 34 balls for his knock, laced with a four and a six, but more importantly added 46 runs for the fourth wicket with the South African.

Mohit Sharma in the last over did everything right until the 4th ball. De Villiers didn't react. He innovates to create, finds gaps with a surgeon's precision and is effortless when he sends the ball climbing into the stands.

Bangalore might be missing the likes of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and AB de Villiers, but they are still a side to reckon with.

Skipper Glenn Maxwell too will be a lot relieved man after having contributed an unbeaten 44 and sailing KXIP safely over the line in his first game as the Captain.

What also surprised many was Watson's decision of asking Pawan Negi to bowl the last over of the game, which proved to be a master stroke, as Negi dismissed the unsafe Rishabh Pant who looked in ominous form and could have won the match for the Delhi Daredevils.

Where the other RCB batsmen had allowed the Kings XI bowlers to bowl the lengths they wanted, de Villiers threw them off by moving around the crease, stepping down the track, and expertly piercing the gaps.



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