Though Delhi Daredevils lost their first encounter of the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 8, but there was one moment when Delhi Daredevils playing XI were fielding after losing the much important toss.
In bowling, captain Zaheer Khan who will be spearheading the attack, has not bowled so far this season and thus there are question marks over him.
Negi bowled a flawless seam-up fast delivery that deceived Pant and hit his leg stump.
Delhi continued to lose more wickets as all-rounders Chris Morris (4) and Carlos Brathwaite (1) found it tough under pressure with the required run rate mounting to more than nine per over. This win will give RCB a major boost to the their confidence for the rest of the IPL 2017 as they are still without Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Delhi lost wickets at regular intervals, and their batsmen did not help the cause with some careless shot selections.
Delhi though were in the hunt till the closing stages of the match as they needed 37 from the final four overs and 21 from the final two but Amit Mishra consumed a lot of deliveries without adding runs to the scoreboard. Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake, left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla, allrounder Pawan Negi and Vishnu Vinod, KL Rahul's replacement, were drafted in.
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However, Pawan Negi (2-3) bowled a splendid final over in which he got Pant castled off the first delivery and then Nadeem (0) in the third ball to dent Delhi's hopes and seal a 15-run win for the home side.
Watson said: "My gut feeling went with Negi". For a while, the decision seemed to be worked well for him and the team.
"It was a great win". Tymal Mills, RCB's T20 specialist pacer, said that it was a good outing for him after a rusty performance against Rising Pune Supergiant in first game.
Opting to bat first, RCB relied completely on Jadhav as Delhi captain Zaheer Khan judiciously used his pace attack comprising himself, Pat Cummins and the impressive Chris Morris. As a batsman, you always try to get as many balls you can get so that you can score more runs.
That RCB had anything close to a decent score was thanks nearly entirely to Kedhar Jadhav who hit 69 off 37 balls. After making debut in T20I for India against England earlier this year, in a video interview with The Quint, Pant revealed that he was not aware of the fact that he was going to debut and got to know from coach Anil Kumble.
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