Gambhir, McGrath shine in Daredevils’ win over Challengers

May 1st, 2008 - 2:11 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 01 (IANS) Riding on a brilliant half-century from Gautam Gambhir, Delhi Daredevils defeated bottom-placed Bangalore Royal Challengers by 10 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here Wednesday night. Chasing a target of 192, Challengers made 181 for five wickets from 20 overs at the full-capacity Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium.

Daredevils moved to the second spot in the IPL standings after their third victory from four matches while Royal Challengers’ misery continued as after four loses from five matches they are languishing at the bottom of standings of the eight-team league.

Gambhir, who struck 86 off 54 balls, was the hero of the day as he helped Daredevils post a challenging total. Shikhar Dhawan with his well-struck 50 from 33 deliveries gave him support as the Delhi team rediscovered their momentum after losing their last match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali Sunday night .

Chasing 192 was always going to be tough for the visitors and they failed to get a good partnership going. Jacques Kallis was the top scorer with 54 while skipper Rahul Dravid made 38.

For Daredevils Glenn McGrath (4-29) was the top performer with the ball, removing some top-order batsmen and reducing Challengers to 3-48.

Put into bat, the stage was set for Daredevils batsmen to fire on a good batting track. Much was expected from Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag (24) who shown albeit momentarily.

Gambhir started the fireworks in the second over as he hit Zaheer Khan for three consecutive boundaries. In the next over he was again severe on South African pacer Dale Steyn, hitting the pacer for two sweetly timed boundaries.

Gambhir’s big hits inspired Sehwag and again Zaheer was on the firing line. Sehwag spanked his first three deliveries for 6, 4 and 4 to get the partisan crowd swaying.

The Kotla track is never known to assist seamers and Dravid realised that his decision to bowl first had backfired.

Dravid replaced Zaheer with Vinay Kumar but the result was same, as he could not find any solution to stop the Daredevils openers from playing their shots.

It was the fielders who gave the Bangalore team the first breakthrough when Ross Taylor’s direct throw from the point found Sehwag short of ground in the fifth over.

Dhawan joined the party in the middle and did not take much time to settle down. Dhawan and Gambhir applied themselves cleverly and found the gaps at a rapid pace.

The duo added 98 runs for the second wicket and left Dravid struggling with ideas. Dhawan was given width from Vinay Kumar and his delicate cuts raced onto the boundary.

He adapted well to the slow deliveries of Kallis and hit the South African for a huge six. However, Kallis had the last laugh after Dravid took a stunning catch at the midwicket to end Dhawan’s 33-ball innings.

Gambhir on the other end was in fine touch. His boundaries were a treat to watch as he took on the challenge. His knock finally came to an end in the 19th over after he miscued Zaheer’s delivery and Parveen Kumar lapped it up at deep midwicket.

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