Twitter Reactions: Jadhav, bowlers help RCB get onto the points table

Twitter Reactions: Jadhav, bowlers help RCB get onto the points table

Kedar Jadhav's 69 helped RCB to get 157 runs on the board which the bowlers successfully defended

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RCB won their first game of the season in from of their home crowd when they beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs. It was a tidy bowling display by the RCB bowlers as Delhi succumbed to the pressure at the end.

Aditya Tare and Sam Billings gave the perfect start to Delhi’s chase of 158. They added 33 runs till Morris bowled Tare in the 5th over. Thereon RCB picked wickets at regular intervals.

Daredevils chances hinged on Rishabh Pant. He came out to play this game straight after his father’s funeral and whacked the first ball he faced for a six. The manner in which he went about his business today reflected how tough a character he is. He is a murdered of left-arm spin and swatted Iqbal Abdullah around. It was a pulsating contest between the spinners – Chahal and Abdullah – as both tried to bowl wide to Pant. At one point Delhi were cruising when they required 51 off the last 7 overs. But the next two overs turned the pendulum towards RCB. Watson’s quiet 13th over, where only 5 runs were made, was followed up by a 1 run over by Chahal. The leg-spinner got the wicket of Carlos Brathwaite twice, except that the umpire didn’t decide to give a plumb LBW decision. Chahal disturbed the furniture the very next ball and RCB were back in it.

Pant was still going strong and also recorded his fifty in just 33 balls. Wickets kept tumbling at the end though which meant that RCB had 19 runs to get in the final over. Watson made one of the boldest decisions when he handed the ball to Pawan Negi. Negi hadn’t bowled a single ball prior to that but delivered instantly as he uprooted the leg stump of Pant. The left-arm spinner lived up to the expectations and gave away just 3 runs and took two wickets off the final over of the game

Shane Watson called right at the toss and elected to bat first, though Bangalore is considered a chasing ground. They didn’t get to the start they would have liked losing Gayle early. Mandeep batting at No. 3 today, as Watson opened the innings, showed promised with two serene back-to-back cover-drives – one of the back foot and one off the front foot. But his innings was over as soon as it had begun as he was castled by Cummins. Watson batted well for 24 but Shahbaz Nadeem got him stumped as he bowled a tight spell in the middle overs.

RCB;s innings largely revolved around the brilliance of Kedar Jadhav. He was again at his very best scoring runs at will. The 32-year old picked his spots really well and took 24 runs off Mishra’s second over which also turned out to be his last over of the night. His 37-ball 69 helped his team to propel a par score of 157.Chris Morris was the pick of the bowlers returning with 3/21. Shahbaz Nadeem bowled economically and finished with 1/13 in four overs.

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