A QUICK-FIRE James Hopes half-century wasn’t enough to prevent a Royal Challengers Bangalore win over Delhi.
Hopes hit a 43-ball 54 with the help of seven fours as Delhi reached a competitive total of 6-160 at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.
Put in to bat, Delhi suffered a twin blow when they lost Australian opener David Warner (seven) and skipper Virender Sehwag (25) in the space of 10 runs.
Warner was bowled by paceman Zaheer Khan while Sehwag was run out.
Hopes and Venugopal Rao steadied the innings with a 47-run stand for the fourth wicket. Rao hit one six and two fours in his 21-ball 24 before being bowled by New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori.