Delhi Capitals 16-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at home, helps them to be in the playoffs for the first time since 2012. They had star performers all around, starting with half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer helps DC to post a challenging total and excellent bowling performance by Amit Mishra and Kagiso Rabada help to take RCB batting line-up.
Dhawan and Iyer struck fifties, they struck seven fours and five sixes between them, as they added 68 runs for the second wicket that put Capitals in a position to push towards a big total.But once Dhawan and Iyer fell within three overs of each other, Capitals slowed down significantly. In between their dismissals in the 13th and 16th overs, Rishabh Pant also fell for seven off as many balls, which left the rest of the batting with a lot to do to get close to the 200-run mark. Colin Ingram fell for 11, to make it tougher, but Rutherford and Axar added 46 runs in the last 3.1 overs to get them to a score that eventually proved good enough. Rutherford struck three sixes and a four in his unbeaten 13-ball 28, while Patel struck three fours in his unbeaten 16. Their cameo helps DC to post 187 runs in 20 overs.
Parthiv Patel once again provided Royal Challengers with a fast start, hitting seven fours and a six in his 20-ball 39, as he added 63 with Virat Kohli in the opening stand. But once Axar caught Parthiv smartly at point off Rabada, Royal Challengers slowly slipped downwards.
Kohli and AB de Villiers both fell to catches in the deep trying to pull half-trackers from Axar and Rutherford respectively, before Heinrich Klaasen was brilliantly caught by Pant in the 13th over. He attempted scoop hit his helmet and lobbed away from the wicketkeeper, Pant ran hard to his left and dived to complete the catch at full stretch. Shivam Dube’s departure later in the same over, as the equation went up to 77 from seven.
Gurkeerat Singh smashed two fours and a six in the 17th over certainly gave Royal Challengers some hope, with the equation down from 52 off 24 to 36 from 18. But Rabada conceded just six runs in the following over and Ishant went for four in the penultimate over and Rabada shut down the chase with another efficient final over in which he gave away just nine runs.
Shikhar Dhawan was awarded as man of the match for his excellent knock. DC gonna face CSK in their next encounter at Anbu’den’ and RCB gonna face RR in Bangalore.