A sensational six hitting exhibition by star batsman Yuvraj Singh late in the innings took Royal Challengers Bangalore to 186 for four in their IPL match against Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Yuvraj (68 not out) set the Chinnaswamy Stadium on fire as he hit nine sixes and a four from just 29 balls in his unbeaten knock to single-handedly took his side to a formidable total after being put into bat.
Yuvraj, who had scored a brilliant 83 against Rajasthan Royals in their last game, shared a 79-run partnership with Sachin Rana (15 not out) for the unconquered fifth wicket as Bangalore scored 79 runs in the last five overs to end their innings with a flourish. AB de Villiers contributed a useful 33 off just 17 balls.
Coming out at the 15th over after the fall of Parthiv Patel (29), Yuvraj hit sixes almost at will towards the end of his side's innings to the vociferous cheer by his home crowd.
Yuvraj, who received criticism from some quarters for his indifferent form in recent times, began with three sixes off successive balls off South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir to gather 21 runs in the 17th over and
then smashed a maximum each in the next two overs bowled by Mohammed Shami and Siddarth Kaul.
The star batsman reserved for the best for the last as he hammered Rahul Shukla for 27 runs in the final over, belting four consecutive sixes.
Earlier, the Bangalore innings was off to a decent start after Chris Gayle made 22 off 23 balls, smashing two sixes and and a four during his knock. The big-built West Indian, who is yet to get a big score under his belt in this IPL, got out off pacer Rahul Shukla as he tried to smash the ball on the legside only to get an inside edge that uprooted the stumps.
Captain Virat Kohli (10), who is yet to fire from his bat in this IPL so far, once again disappointed the fans as he failed to ground his bat while trying to steal a second run of the throw of Shukla from fine leg.
AB de Villiers walked into the middle when Bangalore were in the spot of bother after losing two quick wickets with just 45 runs on the board coming from 8.1 overs.
Along with Yuvraj, de Villiers rebuilt the Bangalore innings. De Villiers smashed four boundaries and a six in his 33-run knock off 17 balls and he departed with Bangalore struggling at 107 for four in 14.2 overs before Yuvraj took centrestage.