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IPL 2017: RCB pull of 15-run win despite Rishabh Pant heroics

NEW DELHI: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (157/8) held their nerves to beat Delhi Daredevils (142/9) by 15 runs despite a brilliant 37-ball 69 from Rishabh Pant.

Pawan Negi, bowling his first over of the match, defended 19 to win the match for RCB.

Retired from International cricket last World T20, now having to captain the side in the absence of Captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Watson is coming off a very ordinary stint in the BBL – 104 runs in nine matches – and PSL – 171 runs in nine matches and leading a team that has been hit by injury to star players is not going to make his job any easier. In his previous game against Sun risers Hyderabad, Watson batted down the order and looked good.

It was because of the same confidence that Watson decided to open the innings alongside Chris Gayle. For a while, the decision seemed to be worked well for him and the team. Watson opened his account with consecutive fours off Zaheer Khan and followed it with another one off Morris. But just when he seemed set for an innings that might have gotten him back among the runs, Watson charged down the ground, missed the ball and was out stumped off the bowling off Shahbaz Nadeem. Out of his previous 14 dismissals, 12 have come against spinners who have turned the ball away from him.

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