Riding high after their emphatic win over Kings XI Punjab, a rejuvenated Delhi Daredevils pulled off an impressive seven-wicket victory against the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on 17 April.
Quinton de Kock (108) was the star performer for Delhi as the South African opener clinched his hundred in a mere 48 balls. The left-hander slammed 15 fours and three sixes to lead the run-chase for his side alongside just seven dot balls.
His partnership of 134 runs off 76 balls with young Karun Nair (54*) for the third wicket ensured Delhi reached the 191-run total with seven wickets and five balls to spare. The 24-year-old Nair played the second fiddle with his 42-ball unbeaten innings, decorated with six fours and a six.
Delhi suffered an early blow in their chase after a spectacular relay catch between Shane Watson and David Wiese sent Shreyas Iyer (0) back to the pavilion in the very first over. The young Sanju Samson (9), too, failed to make an impact as Delhi found themselves reeling at 51/2 in six overs.
However, De Kock's fine form and Nair's calm approach kept the visitors in the hunt as Virat Kohli's bowling unit failed to defend an imposing total in their own backyard. Shane Watson was the pick of the bowlers for Bangalore with figures of 2-25 in his spell of four overs.
Earlier, deciding to field first, Delhi got off to a good start with skipper Zaheer Khan dismissing the dangerous Chris Gayle for a golden duck in the very first over. But, an entertaining 107-run stand between Kohli (79) and AB De Villiers (55) got the visitors on the backfoot.
Mohammed Shami, who made his comeback after an injury, was crucial with the ball for Delhi. The right-arm seamer got the important wickets of Kohli and Watson (33), while his direct hit sent the innovative Sarfaraz Khan (1) back in the hut.
The second consecutive win for Delhi in three games propelled them to the third spot in the IPL points table. On the other hand, Bangalore are now placed right behind Delhi on the fourth spot with a win and a loss in the two games they've played so far in the tournament.
Here's a look at some of the interesting statistics from the 11th match in the IPL between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore:
- This is Delhi Daredevils' first win against Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2010. Before this win, Delhi had lost eight consecutive matches against Bangalore.
- Quinton de Kock's innings of 108 runs is the seventh highest individual score by a player in run-chases in the history of IPL. Since 2013, it is also the highest individual score in IPL chases.
- Delhi Daredevils conceded 164 runs in the first 16 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore today. But, their bowling unit came back strong to give away just 27 runs in the last four overs.
- Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan conceded 50 runs and took just one wicket in his spell of four overs. It was his second most-expensive spell in T20s. His worse spell came against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011 where he conceded 53 runs.
- Quinton de Kock clinched his fifty in a mere 22 balls - the second fastest in this year's edition of the IPL. David Warner's 21-ball fifty against Royal Challengers Bangalore is, so far, the fastest in IPL 2016.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has smashed nine fifties in his 14 T20 innings in 2016 so far. Kohli's 48-ball 79 today was his fourth consecutive T20 fifty.
- AB de Villiers has now notched up five fifties in under 25 deliveries in the IPL. Only David Warner (7) and Virender Sehwag (6) have done this more often.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 63 runs in the powerplay - the highest in this year's IPL. Gujarat Lions held the record for the highest score in the powerplay this year when they slammed 62 runs against Rising Pune Supergiants.
- In his last ten T20 innings, Chris Gayle has recorded seven scores in single digits including three ducks. He scored 37, 60 and 100* in the other three innings.