Bengaluru, April 8 (IANS) Kedar Jadhav's fiery half century lifted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 157/7 before Delhi Daredevils (DD) applied the brakes in the fifth match of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.
The Maharashtra batsman not only blasted a quick-fire 37-ball 69, laced with five fours and as many sixes, but more importantly shared a 66-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Stuart Binny (16) to help the hosts recover from a precarious 55/3.
Jadhav picked out leg-spinner Amit Mishra for special treatment, hammering two sixes and couple of fours in the 13th over.
In the following over, the diminutive right-hander smashed West Indian medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite for a six and a four as he completed his 50 runs in 26 deliveries.
Jadhav also chipped in with 21 runs for the fifth wicket with rookie Vishnu Vinod (9) before Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan put the brakes on the scoring rate with two quick wickets -- effected Vinod's run out with Shahbaz Nadeem's throw and induced Jadhav with a slower one only to be caught by Chris Morris at mid-off.
The fall of Jadhav and Vinod in quick succession shifted the momentum in favour of the visitors, after which Pawan Negi (10), Iqbal Abdullah (5 not out) and Tymal Mills (0) failed to accelerate.
Earlier, Delhi pacers -- Zaheer (2/31), Chris Morris (3/21) and Pat Cummins (1/29) -- kept it tight at the beginning, keeping the runs in check.
Morris accounted for the explosive Jamaican Chris Gayle (6), with the left-handed batsman mistiming a full toss delivery and was caught by Sanju Samson at mid-wicket.
Mandeep Singh (12) too didn't last long, chopping a delivery from Cummins on to his stumps as RCB were reduced to 41/2 in 5.5 overs.
Their problems increased as stand-in captain Shane Watson (24) missed the line of a delivery from left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and was stumped by wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant in the ninth over.
At 55/3, Jadhav and Binny joined hands and they resurrected the RCB innings before Zaheer broke the partnership when Binny carted one to the hands of Sam Billings at deep mid-wicket.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 157/8 (Kedar Jadhav 69, Shane Watson 24, Chris Morris 3/21, Zaheer Khan 2/31) vs Delhi Daredevils.