Bangalore returns with Consolation win against Delhi

 . Last updated on May 18, 2017, 9:34 AM
Bangalore returns with Consolation win against Delhi
Virat Kohli ended his IPL campaign with the half century against Delhi Daredevils.

For Delhi Daredevils, it was Rishabh Pant, who steered the team only in matches, but throughout the tournament. The batsman had to play as a lone warrior across the whole tournament. Most of Delhi’s campaign were typical with bowlers giving out adequate runs to opponents and while chasing, it was one of two batsmen who contribute, to an inadequate tally.

In their final campaign of the season, they gave out 161 to Royal Challengers, the team with a dismaying season themselves. While chasing, it was again Pant, who came out as the highest scorer. A brisk strike was from Mohammed Shami batting at 9. He scored 21 off 9, but it was just not enough. Finally, Delhi surrendered, exhausting the chase at 151. Royal Challengers Bangalore had a tearjerker of its own this season. The Delhi tussle was their first victory after an unconventionally long stretch of right losses. Virat Kohli, the most successful captain in test, presently, could not make any mark in his IPL campaign. Royal Challengers is returning home from IPL 2017, with a second worst tally in entire IPL history. Including this latest, Bangalore won only three matches this season.

The likes of top batsmen, Chris Gayle and Kohli, were dormant. However, Gayle crossed the record 10,000 runs mark in the format this season, being the first ever to do so. Despite good batsmen as well as bowlers, the team could not find an effective combination of players in the entire campaign.

Kohli scored 58 and Gayle added 48. The rest of the team fell to Delhi attacks from Pat Cummings, Zaheer Khan, and Zaheer Khan. Bangalore batmen failed, but not as Delhi. Sanju Samson ducked out at the second ball of the inning. Almost everything in the inning were from Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant. Pant hauled the chase to 119 batting until 16.4 overs.

The late blast from Mohammed Shami could have worked, but he got no support from anybody. He was down in 19.2 overs, leaving the chase at 12 to win off 4 balls. The last wickets, captain Zaheer Khan and Shahbaz Nadeem could only take 2 runs, the latter being down in the last ball.


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