Champions League T20

Daredevils crash out

2009-10-17 21:04
Ross Taylor (file)
Bangalore - Ross Taylor's blistering 65 helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Delhi Daredevils by 8 wickets in their Champions Trophy Twenty20 match in Bangalore on Saturday, thereby ensuring Delhi's exit from the competition.

Delhi needed two victories from both their remaining games to have any possibility of a semifinal berth.

However, it was not going to be the case of one IPL team giving the other a chance to progress, as the hosts laid into Delhi's bowling from the off.

Bangalore's exit earlier in the evening courtesy of the Cobras' victory, had them playing for pride only, and they made no secret of the fact that they were going to give it all they had.

Ross Taylor's innings off 38 deliveries drove the nail into Delhi's coffin, and though Dirk Nannes were miserly intaking 2/19 off his allotment, Delhi were never really in the hunt.

Taylor was very appreciative of the crowd after the game, "When you get crowd support like this it's hard not to entertain. I don't get this reception back home so have to thanks them."

Virat Kohli (24 not out) smashed 16 off the 15th over, and Rahul Dravid (32 not out) hit the winning six off the first ball in the 16th, to guide the hosts home with 29 deliveries to spare.

The tournament will now progress without any IPL team having the chance to play for the silverware, and both Victoria and the Cape Cobras have thus secured a place in the semifinals.

A disappointed Gautam Gambhir said, "We thought we would score 170 but we were 30-40 runs short. Ross batted brilliantly. Their spinners bowled really well. It's important for us to play well in front of our fans in Delhi."

Earlier, Delhi reached 138 for 6, thanks to the respectable start given by Virender Sehwag and Gambhir, posting 48 before the captain was dismissed for 11.

Sehwag, however, was in sublime form, hitting six scorching fours and one six in his 29-ball stay at the crease for 47.

Bangalore can be very disappointed with their effort in the field, though, as their ground-fielding was sloppy.

Add to that a dropped catch when Tillakaratne Dilshan (20) had yet to score, and a fumbled run-out chance to dismiss the same batsman a few balls later, and the hosts could have looked at a much lower target.

Anil Kumble, who is celebrating his 39th birthday, took 3/20 off his 4 overs.

Said Kumble, "I thought we played really well in this tournament, just one bad game. It's a great birthday present. Ross was exceptional."

Still, nothing should spoil the atmosphere at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, where a large crowd turned up on Diwali night to attend the last tournament fixture in this city.

The toss and start of the match was delayed due to the bomb scare earlier in the day that delayed the start of the preceding game.


Royal Challengers Bangalore: MK Pandey, RV Uthappa, V Kohli, LRPL Taylor, R Dravid, MV Boucher (wk), B Kumar, RE van der Merwe, P Kumar, A Kumble (capt), DW Steyn

Delhi Daredevils: G Gambhir (capt), V Sehwag, TM Dilshan, OA Shah, KD Karthik (wk), MK Tiwary, R Bhatia, A Mishra, A Nehra, DP Nannes, GD McGrath



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