Kedhar Jadhav’s splendid 69 powered Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a respectable total of 157 for 8 against Delhi Daredevils (DD), in the fifth game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Electing to bat first, RCB were off to a poor start with most of their batsmen struggling to get runs. But Jadhav had other plans, as he smacked 5 sixes and as many boundaries to score a 37-ball 69 which saved the blushes for his side which remains without the services of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. It was a one-man show in the first half of the second game on Saturday in IPL 10 for RCB, with the wily old Zaheer Khan finishing with 2 for 31 off his 4 overs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 2017 Match 5
Royal Challengers Bangalore made an ordinary start after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Shane Watson hit a couple of boundaries in the first over from Zaheer Khan, and RCB got two more fours in the next over with their stand-in captain and his partner Chris Gayle hitting one each. In the fourth over, looking to clear the in-field, Gayle failed to judge the height of a full toss from Chris Morris outside the off-stump. He hit it towards mid-off, where Sanju Samson covered some part of the field and completed a brilliant catch diving to his right. FULL CRICKET BLOG: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 2017 Match 5
Mandeep Singh came in at No. 3, and started off with a boundary at the end of the fourth over. He hit two consecutive boundaries through cover off Pat Cummins, but the bowler had the last laugh, getting an inside edge off Mandeep’s bat to crash into the middle-stump. Mandeep paid the price of being over-aggressive, as he had made room by moving back a little to play that stroke.
Jadhav joined Watson in the middle with RCB looking to revive their innings. Jadhav started off with a six off Amit Mishra, but Shahbaz Nadeem pegged RCB back once again when he removed Watson out of the equation, getting him stumped for a run-a-ball 24, studded with 4 boundaries.
Stuttering at 52 for 3 in 9 overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore needed a strong partnership. Jadhav joined forces with Stuart Binny, who once again disappointed with the bat but at least ensured to be involved in a strong partnership. Jadhav and Binny added 66 for the fourth wicket, with the former dominating the proceedings.
Jadhav handed Mishra his third most expensive over in IPL, collecting 24 runs off the leg-spinner in the 13th over. The second ball was sent into the stands with a slog-sweep, and two boundaries past the bowler followed. After collecting 2 runs on the penultimate ball, he slog-swept the final ball to send it sailing over deep midwicket for the third six of the over.
Jadhav continued with his onslaught against Carlos Brathwaite, hitting the second ball towards midwicket for a boundary, but the next hit was the best stroke of the innings. On a delivery angling into the wickets, Jadhav moved away to make room. The big bat came ruthlessly on the ball, slapping it over cover for a fabulous six.
Jadhav kept hitting Brathwaite for more runs, hitting the Caribbean cricketer over his head for a four and a six in the 16th over.
Zaheer returned in the 18th over to put a haul on RCB’s charge, running out Vishnu Vinod and then snaffling the big wicket of Jadhav, changing the pace of the ball and inducing a mis-hit with Chris Morris taking the catch. In between, Binny was dismissed for 16 off 18 balls.
Morris, however, was the pick among the bowlers with 3 for 21 off his 4 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 157 for 8 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 24, Kedar Jadhav 69; Zaheer Khan 2 for 31, Chris Morris 3 for 21) vs Delhi Daredevils.