After a fine performance by the bowlers, Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets on Monday with the help of half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (60) and opener Shikhar Dhawan (54). With this victory, the Delhi team qualified for the playoffs with 16 points while Bangalore scored the playoffs on the basis of better net run rate with 14 points.
Bangalore, led by Virat Kohli, captained by Virat Kohli at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, scoring 152 for 7 wickets in 20 overs, after which Delhi lost 4 wickets in 19 overs with the help of half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (60) and Shikhar Dhawan (54). Only achieved this goal. Delhi’s paceman Enrique Nortje was the man of the match, taking 3 wickets.
Bangalore gave 153 target to Delhi
Opener Devdutt Padikkal Despite AB de Villiers’ fine innings after a struggling half-century, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team managed only 152 for 7 wickets in 20 overs. Padikkal scored an innings of 50 runs while De Villiers scored 35 runs off 21 balls with two sixes and a four. Captain Virat Kohli also scored 29 runs. The team however struggled to increase the run pace throughout the innings.
Dhawan and Rahane’s fifties
Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan again looked in form and hit a half-century off 37 balls. He shared an excellent 88-run partnership for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (60). Dhawan scored 54 runs with the help of 6 fours off 41 balls, Shahbad became the victim of Ahmed. Dhawan has also scored 2 centuries in the current season. Rahane also played a brilliant innings of 60 runs and was caught by Shivam Dubey off Washington Sundar in the 18th over of the innings. Rahane hit 5 fours and 1 six off 46 balls. Captain Shreyas Iyer (7) also became a victim of Shahbaz Ahmed. Rishabh Pant returned unbeaten after scoring 8 and Marcus Stoynes 10.
Prithvi Sau again flopped
Chasing a target of 153, the Delhi team got the first blow early and Pacer Mohammad Siraj took a wicket in his very first over (second of the innings). Delhi opener Prithvi Shaw (9) proved to be a flop again and was bowled by Siraj on his Shadar inswinger. He hit 2 fours in his short innings of 6 balls.
Rabada made Philip a victim
Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bowl first, after which the bowlers did not allow the opening pair of Josh Phillip and Paddikal to play openly. The first four innings of the innings was struck by Phillip in the third over of Daniel Semes, while in the next over, Padikkal also hit a four off Norte. Veteran fast bowler Rabada caught Phillip at the hands of Prithvi Shaw in the first over in the fifth over. He scored 12 runs.
40 runs scored in Powerplay, lost a wicket
Skipper Virat Kohli hit his first four in the sixth over at Nortje while in the same over, Paddikal also showed the ball to the boundary as the team scored 40 runs for one wicket in the power play. Bangalore’s team completed the half-century of runs in the eighth over. After the power play, the spin duo of Ashwin and Akshar screwed up the Bangalore team.
Ashwin made Virat a victim for the first time
After the powerplay, the Bangalore team was able to hit a single four in four overs and Kohli’s patience was answered in the 10th over under increasing pressure. Kohli played Akshar’s ball in the air but on long on, Nortje had a very easy catch. Kohli, taking advantage of his life, finished the boundary of the boundary with a four over Rabada and also scored six runs on Akshar’s ball. Kohli, however, was caught by Marcus Stoinis at mid-wicket boundary in an attempt to play a big shot on Ashwin, ending his 57-run partnership with Padikkal. Ashwin IPL I took the first wicket of Kohli, who hit two fours and a six in 24 balls.
Padikkal’s fantastic fifty
Padikkal completed the hundred of the team’s runs in the 15th over with fours on Nortje and then scored a 40-ball half-century with two runs on the next ball. De Villiers hit a six over Nortje but this pacer bowled Paddikkal. He hit five fours in his innings of 41 balls. Nortje also caught Chris Morris (0) in the same over by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
AB run out in the last over
The flamboyant batsman AB de Villiers hit the fours in the 18th over while Shivam Dubey also added to the pace pace with sixes and fours on this fast bowler. De Villiers hit a six off Rabada but Dubey (17) caught Ajinkya Rahane at the boundary after hitting a four. De Villiers was also run out in the last over of the innings. He hit 2 sixes and 1 four in his innings of 21 balls. Isuru Udana (4) completed the team’s 150 with a four over Norte but returned to the pavilion on the next ball.
Nortje gave ‘triple’ blow
For Delhi, Enrique Nortje took 3 wickets for 33 runs while Pacer Kagiso Rabada took 2 wickets for 30 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled economically and took Virat Kohli’s wicket for 18 runs.