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IPL 2017: RCB vs DD - Turning Point - Shane Watson's 19th Over

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 9, 2017, 10:33 AM IST
IPL 2017: RCB vs DD - Turning Point - Shane Watson's 19th Over

Shane Watson. (Image credit: BCCI)

Delhi Daredevils needed to score 158 runs to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening IPL match, but eventually lost the game by 15 runs. The major reason for the defeat was the lack of partnerships as most of the Delhi batsmen failed to get going.

Rishabh Pant was the lone star as he waged a battle till end overs with his counter-attacking batting. Pant's offensive meant that Delhi needed to score 21 run soff the last two overs with three wickets in hand, something which wasn't out of bounds in T20 cricket.

Amit Mishra was on strike to Shane Watson and he needed to take a single and give the strike to Pant, who was batting on56 of 34 deliveries and looked good to take Delhi home. Mishra failed to get a run off the first ball and then was struck on the pads on the second, Watson appealed for an LBW but was turned down by the umpire.

Mishra meanwhile managed to steal a single and gave the strike to Rishabh Pant. The southpaw tried to go for a big shot off the third delivery but a bottom edge ensured he only got a single. The equation was getting touch with 19 needed off 9 balls.

Mishra had to give the strike back to Pant, but the leg-spinner tried to do the star turn for his team and aimlessly tried hitting Watson out of the park. He failed to put bat to ball on all three deliveries as Watson gave only two runs in his penultimate over all but seal the deal for his team.

Pawan Negi bowled the last over and ensured his teamwon by 15 runs. Thus the second last over bowled by Shane Watson was the real turning point of the match as it completely ended Delhi's hopes of winning the match.

First Published: April 9, 2017, 12:33 AM IST

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