Delhi blown away by Bangalore

Pacemen Mitchell Starc (3-20) and Varun Aaron (2-24) played crucial roles with the ball as Bangalore dismissed Delhi for a meagre 95 in 18.2 overs, before Chris Gayle (62no from??40 balls)??played with typical brutality to blast his side home with??57 balls??to spare.

Bangalore are up to??fourth spot in the IPL standings, above fifth-placed Delhi on run rate, and will be confident of making the knockout stages for the first time since 2011 now that Starc has shaken off the knee injury that kept him out of the team???s first three games.

The Australia quick ??? the joint-top wicket taker at the 2015 Cricket World Cup ??? made an immediate impression against the Daredevils, trapping Shreyas Iyer on his pads for a golden duck with a yorker, although replays did suggest the ball may have been sliding down leg side.

Mayank Agarwal (27 from 34) and JP Duminy (13 from 14) managed to add 34 for Delhi???s second wicket, but Duminy and then Yuvraj Singh (2) feathered behind to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik as Bangalore seized further control.

Aaron was the bowler to dismiss Yuvraj and the seamer was on a hat-trick when Angelo Mathews (0) chopped him to AB de Villiers at square leg after misjudging the pace of the ball.

Aaron???s searing hat-trick delivery was left alone by Kedar Jadhav (33 from 29) but the India star ended with impressive figures after being bowled out before the half-way mark.

Agarwal looked to up the run rate once Aaron left the fray but was soon stumped by Karthik off Iqbal Abdulla???s spin, while David Wiese (2-18) added to his earlier scalp of Duminy by removing Nathan Coulter-Nile (4) lbw.

Starc ??? who took 3-22 in Bangalore???s win over Rajasthan Royals??last time out ??? then returned to remove both Amit Mishra (2) and Shahbaz Nadeem (2) and when Jadhav holed out in the deep and AB de Villiers expertly ran out a dawdling Dominic Joseph (1), Delhi???s sorry innings came to a close.

Gayle – dropped earlier in the tournament – wasted little time getting going in Bangalore???s reply, finding the boundary at will with a mixture of delicate and devastating strokes and bringing up his fifty with a corking six over midwicket.

Delhi native Virat Kohli (35no from 23) looked as stylish as ever when he was able to get the strike, too and his four??from the third ball of the 10th over secured Royal Challengers an eigth consecutive victory over the Daredevils.

Reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders and inaugural winners Rajasthan were left frustrated on Sunday afternoon as their clash was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Hopes of a reduced-over contest grew when the rain relented and the covers at Eden Park were peeled off, but a sodden outfield prevented any play meaning the sides notched a point apiece.

The abandonment was enough for Rajasthan to move a point clear of Chennai at the top of the IPL table, albeit having played two matches more, while Kolkata remain in third spot on seven points ahead of Tuesday???s tussle with Chennai.

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