A dynamic innings from Yuvraj Singh saw Bangalore beat Delhi by 16 runs in the latest Indian Premier League match.
The veteran left-hander smashed nine sixes as he made 68 from 29 balls to lift the Royal Challengers to 186-4 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
In their reply, the visiting Daredevils could only make 170-7 with skipper Kevin Pietersen contributing 33.
RCB’s innings was meandering at 95-3 before Yuvraj set things alight with his second blistering innings in a row.
After making 83 against Rajasthan on Sunday, he smashed the opposition bowling to all parts with three consecutive maximums off Imran Tahir and four in a row off Laxmi Shukla’s final over, which went for 27.
|Royal Challengers Bangalore: 186-4 (20 Overs)|
|Chris Gayle||b Rahul Shukla||22||23||95.65||1||2|
|Parthiv Patel||c Dinesh Karthik b Mohammed Shami||29||28||103.57||4||0|
|Virat Kohli||run out (Rahul Shukla)||10||11||90.90||0||0|
|AB de Villiers||b Siddarth Kaul||33||17||194.11||4||1|
|Yuvraj Singh||NOT OUT||68||29||234.48||1||9|
|Sachin Rana||NOT OUT||15||14||107.14||1||0|
|EXTRAS||(nb 2, w 3, lb 4)||9|
Delhi's reply started in the worst possible fashion as openers Murali Vijay and Quinton de Kock went in the opening two overs.
Mayank Agarwal and Pietersen put on 63 for the third wicket but the Indian went for 31 and the former England batsman was deceived by young leggie Yuzvendra Chahal in the 12th over, stumped after hitting two fours and a six in his 29-ball innings.
Dinesh Karthik contributed just one before becoming Muttiah Muralitharan's second victim, but Delhi's top scorer in the tournament, JP Duminy, kept his side in contention.
The South African hit three sixes in making 48 from 30, but after he was clean bowled by Mitchell Starc, his side needed 40 from 14 balls and that proved too much.
|Delhi Daredevils: 170-7 (20 Overs)|
|Murali Vijay||lbw Muttiah Muralitharan||1||3||33.33||0||0|
|Quinton de Kock||b Mitchell Starc||6||6||100.00||1||0|
|Mayank Agarwal||c Sachin Rana b Abu Nechim||31||25||124.00||2||2|
|Kevin Pietersen||st Parthiv Patel b Yuzvendra Chahal||33||29||113.79||2||1|
|JP Duminy||b Mitchell Starc||48||30||160.00||3||3|
|Dinesh Karthik||c Yuzvendra Chahal b Muttiah Muralitharan||1||2||50.00||0||0|
|Kedar Jadhav||run out (Parthiv Patel)||37||20||185.00||3||2|
|Rahul Shukla||NOT OUT||2||6||33.33||0||0|
|Mohammed Shami||NOT OUT||1||1||100.00||0||0|
|EXTRAS||(nb 2, w 2, b 4, lb 2)||10|
Delhi Daredevils are at the foot of the table with just two wins from 10 and are facing the wooden spoon for the second year in a row.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!