Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore made the most of another dismal batting performance by the Delhi Daredevils to eventually coast to a 15-run win in their first home fixture to earn their first win of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.
The Daredevils bowlers produced a disciplined performance to restrict the home side to a below par total of 157 runs on a good batting surface, but Delhi's age old batting issues caught up with them again as they made a mess of what was otherwise a straightforward chase.
Sam Billings opened the batting for Delhi along with Aditya Tare and the duo got off the blocks well, getting a few boundaries away in the initial overs. Tymal Mills' pace was too much for Tare as he was clean bowled by the Englishman in the fifth over, the wicket-keeper batsman departing for 18.
Aussie paceman Billy Stanlake gave RCB their second wicket in the very next over as he rattled the stumps of Karun Nair, with the Daredevils slipping to 38/2.
Rishabh Pant started a brilliant counter attack as he hit a few crisp boundaries to keep the scoreboard moving. But Chris Morris and Carlos Brathwaite were dismissed in quick succession, as Delhi were down to 113/6, needing 45 runs off the last five overs.
Rishabh Pant kept going on one end, playing some delightful strokes. But wickets kept falling at the other end as Pat Cummins became the seventh Delhi wicket to fall. Amit Mishra came out to bat and rather than handing the strike to Pant, who had by then scored his half-century, tried to whack the ball out of the park and failed to connect with most of the deliveries, Watson giving away only 2 runs in the 19th over.
Delhi needed 19 off the last over and Pawan Negi, who was discarded by the Daredevils, picked up the wickets of Pant (57) and Shahbaz Nadeem (0) to help RCB complete a comeback win.
Earlier, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were restricted to 157/8 after a disciplined bowling performance by the Delhi Daredevils. Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing without Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers again and it was captain Shane Watson who opened the innings with Chris Gayle.
Watson started off well, hitting Zaheer Khan for two boundaries in the first over. Watson hit Morris for a boundary off the first ball of the second over, and Gayle too joined the party by getting a boundary himself.
Morris though struck in his second over and removed the dangerous Chris Gayle for just 6 runs to reduce RCB to 26/1. Mandeep Singh came out to bat and looked in a hurry as he upped the ante with three boundaries in quick succession.
RCB were in desperate need of some quick runs and the shackles were broken in the 13th over as Kedar Jadhav hit two sixes and two fours off Amit Mishra to take 24 runs off the over. The diminutive batsman scored a boundary and a six off the next over to reach his half-century in just 26 deliveries.
Zaheer Khan removed Stuart Binny for 16 in the next over but Jadhav continued his onslaught, smacking a boundary and six off Brathwaite in the 16th over. Wicket-keeper batsman Vishnu Vinod was run out in the next over and Zaheer Khan ended Jadhav's blitz, who departed after scoring 69 in just 37 deliveries.
The runs dried up thereafter and Chris Morris picked up two wickets in the final over as the home side ended on 157/8.