Kallis propels Bangalore to fourth place
The 52nd match of IPL 2009 was played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on 19th May 2009 and Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Daredevils by 7 wickets with 6 deliveries to spare. Jacques Kallis of Bangalore was honored as the Man of the Match. Initially, he bowled a tidy spell of 4 overs, nil maidens, 17 runs and 1 wicket. Later, he sparkled as a batsman, while remaining unbeaten on 58 in 56 deliveries inclusive of 2 sixers and 2 fours.
Moderate contributions towards a competitive total
Delhi won the toss and opted to bat first. In the very first over, Virender Sehwag returned back to the pavilion for a duck. Only two balls later, Mithun Manhas, who was promoted to the No. 3 position, attempted a pull and top edged it to slip. So far in this tournament, Kallis has proved expensive as a bowler and has claimed only 4 dismissals. However, in this encounter, he maintained a tight line outside offstump, used his variations well and this resulted in the Delhi’s runs getting dried up at one end. There was some respite for Delhi due to Gautam Gambhir who scored 27 in 19 balls, but he was dismissed by Kallis. The best batsman of Delhi, AB de Villiers faced 29 deliveries to score 28 runs, but he was clean bowled by Roelof van der Merwe. At this juncture, Bangalore was totally in control. Dinesh Karthik, with 31 off 29 balls and Yogesh Nagar, with 20 off 20 balls played responsibly, but both tried to accelerate and were dismissed. Finally, Delhi wound up a score of 134 for 7 in 20 overs.
A useful partnership
For Bangalore also, the start was disastrous. Robin Uthappa was dismissed for 1. However, Kallis and Rahul Dravid seemed determined on retaining their wickets before opening up. Initially, they struggled to get singles and relied on the bad balls to score. In the powerplay, they accrued 27 runs inclusive of a sixer by Kallis over midwicket. After the powerplay, this duo pierced the field with less difficulty and struck the odd boundary. They ensured there were no wasted opportunities and soon there was a flood of singles and twos. The first delivery of Andrew McDonald was a half-volley to Dravid, which he dispatched to the ropes. In the 13th over, Dravid was caught and bowled by offspinner Yogesh Nagar. Dravid faced 34 deliveries and with the aid of 4 boundaries accumulated 38 runs.
Taylor turns the tables
When 48 deliveries were remaining, Bangalore was in need of 65 runs to win. In these circumstances, Delhi had an outside opportunity, but it was smashed by Ross Taylor by a monstrous assault. He struck Avishkar Salvi for a boundary over extra cover and a huge sixer over midwicket. Yogesh Nagar failed to maintain a good length and he was punished by two more sixers over deep midwicket and deep square leg. Taylor gathered 25 runs in only 12 balls inclusive of 3 sixes and 1 four. In the 18th over, Kallis smashed a boundary and six off Vettori and the target was decreased to 9 runs off 12 balls. Then Mark Boucher drove one across the ropes and the remaining target was attained through singles.
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