Mitchell Starc, Chris Gayle Set Up Comprehensive RCB Win

Mitchell Starc was at the top of his game against the Delhi Daredevils, helping RCB win their third game of IPL 2015. The Australian quick registered figures of 4-0-20-3 and scuttled the Delhi Daredevils out for just 95 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Later, Chris Gayle took RCB to an easy win with a whirlwind innings of 62* off 40 balls.


Chris Gayle en route to his 62* off 40 balls

Delhi Daredevils put into bat, Mitchell Starc strikes early

The home team looked in trouble right from the very first over of the match. Mitchell Starc dismissed their top scorer of the tournament – Shreyas Iyer – for a duck with the fifth ball of the day. JP Duminy and Mayank Agarwal tried to get a partnership going, but were not too successful. Duminy was dismissed for a paltry 14 ball 13, in the 6th over by David Wiese. Duminy’s wicket opened the floodgates for the the RCB bowlers.

Kedhar Jadhav’s resistance not enough, Delhi cave in

Mayank Agarwal’s painfully slow innings of 27 off 34 did nothing to help the Daredevils’ cause. Angelo Mathews was dismissed for a duck while Yuvraj Singh could not get anything more than a couple of runs. Kedar Jadhav tried to take the innings to a respectable total with a 29-ball-33-run knock, but was left high and dry by his partners at the other end. Barring Duminy, Agarwal and Jadhav, none of the other Delhi batsmen could get double digit scores. The innings collapsed on 95 in the 19th over. Besides Mitchell Starc, Varun Aaron was the other destroyer-in-chief from RCB’s side, with figures of 4-0-24-2.

Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli make it an easy win for RCB

It was all RCB from the moment Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli started the modest chase of 96! Gayle was at his belligerent best after a couple of quiet outings in the last few matches. The Caribbean blew away the Delhi bowlers right from the very outset, with his characteristically daring stroke-play. Virat Kohli played second fiddle to him, and made sure that none of the DD bowlers were able to make any impact on the match. Imran Tahir, Dominic Joseph and Amit Mishra had to bear the brunt of Gayle’s fury, as he marched to an effortless half century in no time. The chase was wrapped up in just 10.3 overs, handing RCB their second consecutive win, after a lean patch, in this IPL.

Man of the Match – Varun Aaron

Brief Scores – Royal Challengers Bangalore (99/0 in 10.3 overs, Chris Gayle 62*(40)) beat Delhi Daredevils (95 all out in 18.2 overs, Kedar Jadhav 33(29), Mitchell Starc 3/20) by 10 wickets

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