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Challengers end Daredevils semi final hopes

The Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets to end their IPL counterparts chances of reaching the Champions League semi finals.

Ross Taylor played an explosive innings to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 8 wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League Super Eight match on Saturday.

Ross Taylor (65 off 38 balls) was clean bowled by Dirk Nannes, but before that he set the match in favour of the Royal Challengers. The win will have no impact on the Anil Kumble-led side, as they are already out of the tournament.

Earlier, Anil Kumble led from the front as Royal Challengers Bangalore restricted Delhi Daredevils to a modest 138 for six in a Champions League Super Eight match on Saturday.

Kumble, who celebrated his 39th birthday, removed Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Karthik and Owais Shah while conceding 20 runs from his four overs in the League B match.

The Bangalore captain was instrumental in putting brakes on Delhi Daredevils who were on to a rollicking start and were at 79 for two at the midway mark.

For Delhi, Virender Sehwag top-scored with an explosive innings of 47 which he made from 29 balls with the help of four fours and a six. Dilshan contributed 20.

Bangalore were out of contention for a semifinal berth after Cape Cobras beat Victoria Bushrangers in another League B match earlier in the day and home team skipper Kumble inserted Delhi in after winning the toss at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

But Delhi openers Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were intent to make Kumble pay for his decision by hitting a torrent of boundaries in the first five overs in the match which got its full quota of 20 overs after the first game was reduced to 17-over-a-side affair due to a bomb scare.

The Delhi duo struck seven fours in the first five overs to take the score to 47 for no loss with Sehwag, who hit three consecutive boundaries off Praveen Kumar, contributing 31 runs.

Sehwag struck two more fours off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the fourth over but lost his opening partner Gambhir two overs later, caught by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher off Dale Steyn for 11 (18 balls; 2X4).

source - indiatimes.com
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