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IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils, 5 Talking Points

RCB's bowlers defended an average total very well thanks to shrewd captaincy by Shane Watson.

RCB defended their average total very well

The hosts, Royal Challengers Bangalore, defeated the Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in a closely fought encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the Bangalore outfit scored 157 in their 20 overs largely due to the efforts of Kedar Jadhav who scored 69 off 37 balls.

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In reply, Delhi Daredevils lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually fell short 15 runs. Barring Rishabh Pant’s 57, none of the batsmen could make a huge contribution. 

Take a look at the five talking points of the game:


#1 Shane Watson’s astute captaincy

RCB captain Shane Waston and the management of the Royal Challengers Bangalore surprised everybody when they chose to bat first after winning the toss at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. 

The Bangalore wicket is known to be a batting paradise and chasing has always been the easier option with the short boundaries and the ball coming onto the ball under lights. The dew factor also makes it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball and execute their skills. 

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The think tank of the RCB read the wicket amazingly well as it was a slightly dry surface with the ball holding up a bit at times. It was a touch difficult for the batsmen to time the ball in the second innings which did not make run scoring very easy.

Watson got all his international experience into play as he shuffled his bowlers well who kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to make it difficult for the Delhi Daredevils. The Australian placed attacking fields in order to make early inroads and was helped with some poor shot selection from the Delhi side. 

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