Felix Austin | cricket20
Paul Collingwood scored an important half century to help the Delhi DareDevils reach 184-5 after the top order failed to fire against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The DareDevils got off to a slow start as the Royal Challengers opened their bowling attack with Anil Kumble who conceded just 2 runs in the first over before Virender Sehwag started to hit out.
The Indian batsman smashed 2 boundaries off the bowling of Vinay Kumar in the second over before dispatching Kumble into the stands for a six as he raced to 29 from just 20 balls.
Abhimanyu Mithun was carved over cover point by Sehwag (35) before the bowler responded with a short ball which clipped Sehwag’s gloves and dropped down onto his stumps to give the Royal Challengers an early break through.
Gautam Gambhir (1) soon followed after he was run out by a direct throw by KP Appanna to leave the DareDevils 52-2.
The recovery was lead by David Warner; the Aussie had played a quiet supporting role during Sehwags cameo but now he took centre stage smashing Appanna for two huge sixes in the 8th over as the DareDevils threatened to run riot.
With runs starting to flow Kumble brought himself back into the bowling attack and immediately picked up the wicket of Warner (33) after the opener was caught out on the boundary by Virat Kohli.
Dinesh Karthick (6) was dismissed cheaply before Paul Collingwood launched a blitz on Cameron White smashing two sixes and a four as the Aussie conceded 19 runs in the 12th over to give the DareDevils fresh hope of posting a big total.
Collingwood (75) recorded his second half century in this years IPL with a huge six over long on as he built a partnership of 60 with Daniel Vettori (20) to help the DareDevils reach 186-5.