Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli drives a delivery during match 57 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi on the May 10, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS.
Delhi boy Virat Kohli struck a captain's knock of 99 off 58 balls and Jaydev Unadkat bagged five wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore escaped with a four-run win against Delhi Daredevils, who ended their matches at home Feroze Shah Kotla with another loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Friday.
Kohli, playing at his home stadium, entertained the packed Kotla with a blistering knock and along with A B de Villiers, who struck an unbeaten 17-ball 32, added 94 runs for the fourth wicket in just 40 balls as Royal Challangers piled up a huge 183 for four in 20 overs.
In reply, the Daredevils' run chase was derailed by young fast bowler Unadkat's five for 25, his maiden five-wicket haul in IPL.
The Daredevils came came pretty close at 179 for seven in 20 overs after youngster Unmukt Chand, who led the U-19 to win the World Cup, top scored with 41 off 35 balls and Ben Rohrer made 32.
Desperate for a win in their last home match, Daredevils gave the captaincy to David Warner but still luck was not on their side and they suffered their 10th loss from 13 matches.
Regular skipper Mahela Jayawardene (19) and Virender Sehwag (18) got good starts but both fell to Unadkat. In his attempt to run down through the third man, Jayawardene got an inside edge onto his stumps and Sehwag was foxed by a slower ball and spooned an easy catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at mid-on.
Warner failed to lead from the front and lasted six deliveries before he was castled by compatriot Moises Henriques that left Daredevils at 60 for three in the seventh over.
Chand and Roher then added a quick-fire 58-run stand for the third wicket. It looked the duo would take the match to the wire, but it was the expensive Vinay Kumar who broke the stand as Rohrer was played down. Vinay Kumar went for 43 runs from his four overs.
Chand was also back in the pavilion soon in the 17th over with Vinay Kumar taking a skier of Unadkat's slower delivery.
Irfan Pathan came up with a cameo of an 11-ball 23 hitting two fours and two sixes and along with Morne Morkel (19) got Daredevils close but not enough to cross the line.
In the last over, Daredevils needed 19 runs. The first three balls went for nine runs, with Morkel and Pathan hitting a four each, but Unadkat yorked out Morkel in the penultimate delivery for his fifth victim. Umesh Yadav struck the last ball for a four, but they were still four runs short.
Earlier in the day, put in, Kohli made the best use of the two lives that he got and powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a competitive total. de Villiers finished it off in style hitting some lusty blows for his 17-ball 32.
Royal Challengers lost both the openers Cheteshwar Pujara (17) and Chris Gayle 94) inside the fifth over. But from then on they did not look back.
Kohli got the first life after he was caught behind by Kedar Jadhav off Morkel’s no-ball and was also dropped by Sehwag dropped inside the circle off Siddharth Kaul.
Kohli and Moises Henriques (26) added 57 runs off 50 balls for the third wicket to stabilize RCB's innings. Henriques struck three boundaries before Shahbaz Nadeem dismissed the batsman, caught off his own bowling. Kohli and de Villiers than accelerated with a 50-run partnership in just 27 balls.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara b Kaul 17
Chris Gayle b Pathan 4
Virat Kohli run out (Rohrer/Jadhav) 99
Moises Henriques c & b Nadeem 26
AB de Villiers not out 32
Extras (w 4, nb 1) 5
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 183
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Gayle, 1.6 overs), 2-32 (Pujara, 4.6), 3-89 (Henriques, 13.2), 4-183 (Kohli, 19.6)
Morne Morkel 4-0-35-0
Irfan Pathan 4-0-24-1
Siddharth Kaul 4-0-36-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-65-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-23-1
Mahela Jayawardene b Unadkat 19
Virender Sehwag c Pujara b Unadkat 18
Unmukt Chand c Vinay Kumar b Unadkat 41
David Warner b Henriques 4
Ben Rohrer b Vinay Kumar 32
Kedar Jadhav c Vinay Kumar b Unadkat 8
Irfan Pathan not out 23
Morne Morkel b Unadkat 19
Umesh Yadav not out 4
Extras (lb 6, w 4, nb 1) 11
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 179
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Jayawardene, 3.1), 2-49 (Sehwag, 5.2), 3-60 (Warner, 6.5), 4-118 (Rohrer, 14.1), 5-129 (Chand, 16.1), 6-131 (Jadhav, 16.3), 7-175 (Morkel, 19.5)
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-35-0
Moises Henriques 2-0-21-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-25-5
Vinay Kumar 4-0-43-1
Murali Kartik 4-0-21-0
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad 1-0-20-0
Chris Gayle 1-0-8-0
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