IPL7: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Vs Delhi Daredevils (DD) 17/04/2014 - Results and Review
After their horrendous performance last season at IPL 6, The Delhi Daredevils once again failed miserably during their opening match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Right from the toss nothing went their way and Kevin Pietersen missing out due to a finger injury only made things worst for the Daredevils. RCB on the other hand led by Virat Kohli had a near perfect match apart from a few moments during the end of their bowling innings when Ashok Dinda went for 17 runs in the last over.
The Daredevils lost a lot of wickets cheaply and at one stage looked as though they would struggle to reach a score of 130. A fine partnership between Ross Taylor and JP Duminy ensured they reached a score of 145 with the former reaching a well deserved half century. The total never looked enough especially considering that one of the world's best finisher's (Virat Kohli) was in the other team.
Some would say it was RCB's lucky day as two catches of Virat were dropped but the shots he played before and after those misshapes were out of this world. He remained unbeaten on 49 while Yuvraj Singh made a half century to help their team cruise towards victory. Hopefully this Half Century by Yuvi will not be a one off and will bring his confidence back. Apart from Yuvi and Virat, who can forget the wonderful innings by Parthiv Patel. Boy, did he play well?
He was absolutely flawless until he was at the crease and really played exceptionally well and set the game up for this team. For a small man, he is definitely one of the best and a keeper. All in all to sum things up, RCB look really strong contenders for the IPL title this year while Delhi Daredevils despite shuffling their team completely look very out of shape. Though this was one of their worst losses i would not count out the Daredevils as just a little bit of fine tuning can bring them back. Will it happen? well, let's just wait for their next match and see what happens.