Watch cricket highlights of Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Delhi Daredevils from IPL 2009.
Scoreline: Bangalore 149/7 - KP 37, Ross Taylor 31, Mark Boucher 36
Delhi see it through in 19.2 overs - Tilakaratne Dilshan 67 (47), Mithun Manhas 23 (14)
The Jacques Kallis leave has annoyed people for years - none more than during the IPL last season when Bangalore was in the dumps. Today the Kallis leave was given its due first ball by a 32 year old bowler who apparently took to serious cricket only at 29.
Bangalore today looked exactly like they did last year - listless. There were the brief phases however: KP-Taylor and Kumble-Appanna. Dilshan got his 2nd super 50 in a row and Delhi played it smart - they didn’t really look to go after Kumble or Appanna, instead counting on the medium pace attack (sans Steyn and Praveen Kumar) that lay ahead.
Dravid too was missing today and you just wonder about the Challengers’ team selection - if you’re going to field a weak pace bowling unit, at least have a Jesse Ryder at the top to kickstart things. KP got one thing right today - coming in 1 down - he’s probably best as a player when he has seize-the-game lying ahead of him rather than manage-things ahead of him.