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The Royal Challengers Bangalore has given themselves a fantastic chance to qualify for the players after an impressive victory over the Indian Premier League leaders the Delhi Daredevils. Bangalore batted incredibly scoring 215-1 off of their allotted overs. Unsurprisingly, Chris Gayle was the hero striking an incredible unbeaten 128, which included 13 maximums. Gayle’s batting was ruthless and dominant against all comers in the second half of the innings. Gayle was ably assisted by captain Virat Kohli, who struck what was an excellent innings in its own right.

After losing only one wicket, the Royal Challengers would have ear-marked this game as a must win. They would have been sparked on by Chennai’s loss earlier in the day to the Kings XI Punjab. Their victory in today’s game draws them level on points with the Super Kings.

Late hitting from Andre Russell, who finally enjoyed some IPL success after a pretty frustrating start to his IPL career got the Daredevils up to a total of 194-9 before their overs were completed. Bangalore’s home stadium certainly served as a great batting track, but the psychological task of chasing such a huge score is a pretty tough thing to overcome, and inevitably, it was one that Delhi could not manage. Ross Taylor struck a fast 55, which will hopefully be a sign of things to come from the New Zealander. The Daredevils still haven’t quite recovered their batting order from the loss of Kevin Pietersen, who played such a key role at the number three position as they surged to the top of the league.

There wasn’t a whole lot of comfort for Bangalore’s bowling attack, especially with the manner in which Muttiah Muralitharan was spanked around the ground. Royal Challengers play on a good batting track, but their bowling has not really measured up in this competition so far.

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unfortunately RCB lost their momentum against Chargers.


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