After a spirited bowling efficiency, Shikhar Dhawan (54 off 41) and Ajinkya Rahane (60 off 46) scored fifties as Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Monday to qualify for the playoffs, ending second within the factors desk with 16 factors. Regardless of the loss, Virat Kohli’s males additionally made it to the knockout stage, because of their superior Web Run-Charge (NRR) than Kolkata Knight Riders who even have 14 factors from as many video games. Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer received the toss and opted to bowl in a must-win recreation. Their quick bowling duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje bowled brilliantly to limit RCB to a modest 152/7, which Delhi chased down fairly comfortably, with six balls to spare.
Prithvi Shaw’s poor run continued as he acquired out for 9 within the second over. Nonetheless, not like previous couple of innings the place he acquired out enjoying careless pictures, his dismissal on this match was results of a peach of a supply from Mohammed Siraj.
Dhawan and Rahane — two of essentially the most skilled batsmen in Delhi’s line-up — the strung collectively a 88-run partnership for the second wickets, placing their facet in a commanding place.
After three poor outings, Dhawan bounced again strongly smashing his third fifty of the season. Rahane additionally confirmed his class as he scored a superb fifty to put an incredible basis for the chase. Nonetheless, he should be disenchanted with the style during which he acquired out, gifting away the chance to complete the sport for his facet.
RCB picked three wickets in shut intervals, pushing Delhi’s chase past 17.three overs which helped them safe a playoff spot. Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten as Delhi chased down the full within the penultimate over. Shahbaz Ahmed picked two wickets for 26 runs, whereas Siraj and Washington Sundar shared two wickets between them.
After a collection of poor performances in previous couple of video games and given what was at stake on this recreation, each side made a few modifications to their enjoying XI. Josh Philippe didn’t ship as soon as once more as he fell acquired out cheaply within the fifth over.
Devdutt Padikkal continued his dream run within the IPL 2020, smashing his fifth half-century of the season. He mixed with skipper Kohli to placed on 57 runs for the second wicket.
Kohli regarded in some kind as he performed his trademark cowl drives however could not make many of the early promise, getting out to Ravichandran Ashwin for 29.
Padikkal introduced up his fifty off simply 40 balls however fell quickly after attempting to slog Nortje’s quick supply. Chris Morris additionally acquired out in the identical over as Delhi bowlers pulled issues again in the direction of the tip.
AB de Villiers (35 off 21 balls) and Shivam Dube (17 off 11) scored some began to assault however acquired out on the mistaken time as RCB completed with a below-par complete. Nortje and Rabada bowled brilliantly and completed with three and two wickets respectively.
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