New Delhi, April 28: A dominant Delhi Capitals produced a clinical performance in all three departments as they defeated bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore at home by 16 runs in the IPL encounter on Sunday (April 28).
With this win at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi have now become the second team in the tournament, after CSK, to qualify into the playoffs. The Shreyas Iyer-led side has qualified to the top-four stage for the first time since IPL 2012.
Delhi Capitals registered their third win on the trot and ended the three-match winning streak of the Virat Kohli-led side and also dashed their hopes of making it to playoffs.
Delhi were off to a brisk start after their young skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and elected to bat first on pitch that slowed down as the day progressed. Shikhar Dhawan (50) and captain Iyer (52) struck wonderful half-centuries.
While West Indies all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford played a brilliant came of 13-ball 28* along with Axar Patel (16* off 9) in the end to propel the hosts to above-par total of 187/5 in the stipulated 20 overs.
In response, RCB were off to an electrifying start as their openers Parthiv Patel (39 off 20) and Kohli (23 off 17) scored quickly in the powerplay. The openers attacked every Delhi bowler in the powerplay before Parthiv was removed by Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada in the sixth over.
Delighted for #DelhiCapitals. After years of frustration, a place in the play-offs. The planning has come to fruition this year.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 28, 2019
Kohli and veteran AB de Villiers (17) looked to forge a partnership and keep the visitors in the run chase. But Kohli didn't last long at the crease and joined his opening partner Parthiv in the dugout.
The visitors then pinned their hopes with seasoned campaigner in De Villiers and the rest of the middle order but once the South African legend became the first IPL scalp of Rutherford, the flood gates were opened.
Delhi bowlers kept picking up wickets at regular intervals and the batsmen couldn't get partnerships going and the asking rate kept mounting. Finally, they were restricted to 171/7 in the stipulated 20 overs.
The Shreyas Iyer-led outfit are looking high on confidence in this tournament. They boast a solid batting line up with a perfect blend of experience and youth.
Here's how the match between DC and RCB panned out:
Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: Very happy with this award, to be honest, I didn't expect it. Much more happy that our team is number 1, we'll celebrate tonight. It was intentional to bat faster and am glad that I did. I am enjoying smacking the ball over the boundary. I want to be positive and keep scoring runs in the remaining games.
Shreyas Iyer, the winning captain: This is an amazing feeling. Before the start of the tournament we wanted to qualify, so we are really satisfied and happy now that we have qualified. It's really important to let the bowlers do their job and not interfere, same is the case with the batsmen. In every game individuals have chipped in with handy contributions and taken the team over the line. It's important to get 50-plus in the Powerplay on this ground. Dhawan has been amazing for us and Rutherford's cameo helped us to 180, we got 15 runs extra because of his innings. We are going to maintain the same intensity and mindset for the rest of the tournament. We were termed as the underdogs before the start of the tournament and before the start of every match we think the same.
Virat Kohli, the losing captain: It was a very important one (toss) especially with how the wicket played. We showed a lot of character even after losing the toss, but it got away a little bit in the end. We were thinking 160-165 but 185 on that sort of a pitch, with three spinners, was always going to be tough. Delhi played better than us in the crunch moments. We started off really well with the bat. PP was outstanding and then I got going, but me and AB getting out to balls that you don't get out to. That's how the game goes some times. We just decided to have a lot of fun and that's why we won four out of the last six games we have played. The important thing now, with two games left, is to go out there and have fun. Not take too much pressure. Obviously we want to perform as best as we can, but the fun factor should not go away. We put ourselves under too much pressure in the first six games and then it is always hard work in the latter half. We have to go out there and play positive cricket. Once the last two games are done, sit down and see where the tournament goes.
It's all over! Delhi Capitals have outclassed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs and with this win they have also qualified for the playoffs. They are the second team to make it to the playoffs.
Delhi have made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. This team has gone from strength to strength in this season. Kudos to the team for getting better with every passing game.
SIX! Stoinis pulls Rabada for a maximum. They still need 18 off 2 deliveries.
Wicket! Sundar (1) hits Rabada in over long-on and Shreyas Iyer takes a simple catch in the deep. RCB - 164/7 in 19.2 overs.
Just 4 runs came from the final over bowled by Ishant. RCB - 160/6 in 19 overs. 26 needed from last 6. Rabada bowls the final over.
Wicket! Gurkeerat (27) edges Ishant and Rishabh Pant took a brilliant right-handed catch behind the stumps. RCB - 160/6 in 18.4 overs. Brilliant over from Ishant so far.
1,1,1,1,2,0! Tight over, just 6 came from the over no. 18 bowled by Rabada. RCB - 158/5. Need 30 runs from 12 deliveries.
16 runs came from that over bowled by Ishant. RCB - 152/5 in 17 overs.
SIX, Four! Gurkeerat gets a maximum off Ishant and a boundary off Ishant.
0,6,1,1,1,1! Good comeback from Lamichhane after getting hit for a maximum. RCB - 136/5 after 16 overs. They need 52 more runs to win from 24 deliveries.
SIX!! Marcus Stoinis hammers Lamichhane into the stands for a maximum. Powerfully hit.
Wd, 2, 0, 1, 4, 2, 1! 11 runs came from that over bowled by Mishra. RCB - 126/5 after 15 overs.
0,0,1,1,1,1! 4 singles came from that over bowled by Axar. RCB - 115/5 after 14 overs. They need 73 from 36 balls. This match is slipping through their grip.
Wicket! Shivam Dube (24) mistimes Amit Mishra and Shikhar Dhawan takes a good running catch to end his innings. Two wickets fall in this over. RCB - 111/5 in 13 overs. DC have come back strongly in this game and RCB are in deep trouble.
Wicket! Soft dismissal! Heinrich Klaasen (3) gets a nick from his bat off Amit Mishra and hits his helmet to bounce in front. Rishabh Pant takes a brilliant diving catch forward. RCB - 108/4 in 12.2 overs.
Pant clearly needs to work on his wicket-keeping fundamentals if he wants to be an all-format international keeper, but he really does take his fair share of absolute worldies. That catch off Klaasen a case in point. #DCvRCB #IPL2019— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) April 28, 2019
Big Wicket! ABD (17) hits Rutherford for a maximum but an alert Axar Patel takes well-judged catch near the boundary ropes. RCB - 103/3 after 11.3 overs.
SIX!!! Shivam Dube ends Lamichhane's over with a maximum. RCB - 101/2 after 11 overs.
SIX!! ABD hits Amit Mishra over square-leg boundary for a maximum. RCB - 82/2 after 9 overs.
Dropped! Shivam Dube top-edges Mishra and Rahul Tewatia puts it down. Amit Mishra is the unlucky bowler.
1, W,1,0,1,1! 4 runs and the big wicket of Kohli came from that over bowled by Axar. RCB - 71/2 after 8 overs.
Big Wicket! Virat Kohli (23) pulls Axar Patel but couldn't time it well as the ball straight into the hands of Rutherford. Kohli's looks stunned as he's hit the ball directly in the hands of the fielder. RCB - 68/2 in 7.2 overs.
0,1,1,0,0,1! Just three runs came from the first over bowled by Amit Mishra. RCB - 67/1 in 7 overs.
Wicket! Parthiv Patel (39) plays a cut shot off Rabada and Axar Patel takes a fine catch at backward point. RCB lose their first wicket in the run chase. RCB - 63/1 after 5.5 overs.
0,0,6,0,4,1! 11 runs conceded by Ishant Sharma from his second over. RCB - 56/0 after 6 overs, DC are feeling the heat early on.
SIX!! Virat Kohli hammers Ishant Sharma over long-on for a maximum. This is his response to the bowler after almost getting dismissed.
Not Out! Virat Kohli survives the caught behind dismissal as Rishabh Pant attempted a good catch but the replays confirmed it was a bump catch.
4,0,1L,4,0,1! 10 runs came from Kagiso Rabada's opening over. DC - 45/0 after 4 overs.
Four! Third boundary of the over and all came from Parthiv's bat. He's looking in phenomenal touch in the powerplay. RCB - 35/0 after 3 overs.
Four, Four! Parthiv Patel welcomes Sandeep Lamichhane with back-to-back boundaries. RCB - 28/0 after 2.2 overs.
SIX!! Parthiv Patel slog-sweeps Axar Patel for a maximum over mid-wicket. Brilliant start from PP. He's been in explosive form in the powerplays.
0,0,1,1,4,4! 10 runs came from the first over bowled by Ishant Sharma. Parthiv Patel hit the pacer for back-to-back boundaries.
2nd innings! Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel are out in the middle to start RCB's run chase of 188. Ishant Sharma starts with the new ball.
Highest targets chased down against Delhi (IPL): 188 by SRH, Delhi, 2018 188 by CSK, Delhi, 2008
Sherfane Rutherford on his flourish in the death overs: I am glad that I got the opportunity. I batted first few balls, got my eye in and then backed myself. Ricky is an awesome character, he always backs me and everyone in the team. This is a very good total. We wanted to set a target of 170 but we have got extra 15 runs. Bowling slower balls will be key on this pitch. When I struck that one-handed like six, I was like WOW.
Poor bowling from RCB bowlers in the death overs despite pulling things back well in the middle overs. DC lost their key 4 wickets in a gap of 30 runs, still, their batsmen took the momentum in their camp with clean strikings in the death as the last three overs leaked 46 runs.
SIX!! Sherfane Rutherford hits a maximum on the final ball and Delhi Capitals post 187/5 in 20 overs. 20 runs came from that final over bowled by Saini. Rutherford 28* off 13 and Axar 16* off 9 balls have ensured DC have a respectable total on the board.
Four! Axar Patel gets a boundary on the full toss delivery bowled by Saini. Three boundaries for DC already in this over. DC - 179/5 in 19.4 overs.
4byes, 4! Navdeep Saini concedes 8 from his first two deliveries in the final over. DC - 175/5 in 19.2 overs
Four! Axar Patel ends Umesh's over with a boundary. 16 runs came from that over. DC - 167/5 after 19 overs.
SIX!! Another length ball from Umesh and Rutherford hits him over mid-wicket for a maximum.
150 comes up for Delhi Capitals in the 18th over. They've reached 151/5 after 18 overs need to end the innings with a flourish.
SIX! Rutherford picks the length ball from Stoinis and hits him right into the stands for a maximum.
4,6,Wicket! Colin Ingram (11) hits Navdeep Saini for a four and six and gets dismissed on the next delivery. He attempted a ramp shot but failed and Sundar takes a simple catch at short-fine leg. Navdeep Saini strikes. DC - 141/5 in 16.5 overs.
1,1, W,0,2,0! 4 runs and the big wicket of Shreyas Iyer came from that over bowled by Washington Sundar. DC - 131/4 after 16 overs.
Wicket! Shreyas Iyer (52) pulls Sundar towards mid-wicket and finds Kohli in the deep. Three quick dismissals for Delhi. DC - 129/4 in 15.3 overs.
Wicket! Rishabh Pant (7) has been trapped in front by Chahal. The batsman goes upstairs but in vain. Second wicket for the spinner and great comeback from him after getting hit for two maximums off Iyer in that over. DC - 127/3 in 14.5 overs.
6,0,6!! Shreyas Iyer gets two maximums off Chahal in three balls and gets to his half-century off 35 balls.
Four! Pant pulls Sundar towards the mid wicket boundary. DC - 114/2 after 14 overs.
1,W,1,1,0,0! Just three singles and the big wicket of Shikhar Dhawan came from that over bowled by Chahal. DC - 105/2 after 13 overs.
Astonishing how batsman in T20 cricket favour the leg side, when the ball is pitched wide of off stump. Easy wicket to Chahal, Dhawan has opened the door for RCB. #DCvRCB— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) April 28, 2019
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan (50) looks to sweep Chahal but mistimes it. Sundar takes a simple catch at short fine-leg. He was looking to accelerate the innings and score quickly for his team and Delhi lost a key wicket at a crucial time. DC - 103/2 after 12.2 overs
Fifty!! Another fine half-century from Dhawan off 36 deliveries. This is his third consecutive fifty, fifth of the season and 37th overall in the tournament.
1,4,1,1,1,1! 9 runs came from that Stoinis over. DC - 97/1 after 11 overs. Dhawan - 49* & Iyer - 30* are scoring at a brisk pace for Delhi.
Four! A calculative risk shot from Dhawan as he plays a cheeky shot towards fine leg boundary.
7 runs came from that over bowled by Sundar. Fifty-run partnership between Iyer and Dhawan. DC - 88/1 after 10 overs.
Four! Shikhar Dhawan gets a boundary as he pulls Navdeep Saini and moves into his 40s.
5 runs came from the first over bowled by Marcus Stoinis. DC - 74/1 after 9 overs.
10 runs came from that over bowled by Chahal. DC - 69/1 after 7 overs.
SIX!! Shreyas Iyer hits Chahal over mid-wicket for a maximum. Powerfully hit by him and the ball landed safely into the stands.
End of the powerplay and Delhi Capitals reach 59/1 in 6 overs. This is just the kind of start they would have hoped for on this pitch that might get slower as the day progresses. Dhawan - 30* Iyer - 10* are present in the middle.
Four! Shikhar Dhawan hits Umesh Yadav straight down the ground and the ball races towards long-on boundary. Brilliant use of the feet from the batsman. He's looking in sublime touch.
Four! Shreyas Iyer flicks Saini towards midwicket and gets a boundary. Brilliantly timed shot and it also brings up fifty for Delhi. DC - 52/1 after 5 overs
SIX!! Kohli introduces pacer Navdeep Saini in the fifth over but the bowler was also welcomed by Shikhar Dhawan with a maximum. DC - 47/1 after 4.1 overs.
Four! Shreyas Iyer gets off the mark with a boundary.
Wicket! Prithvi Shaw (18) edges Umesh Yadav and Parthiv Patel pouches him comfortably behind the stumps. Prithvi was surprised with the pace of the ball and paid the price. Another promising innings from the youngster ends on a disappointing note. DC - 35/1 after 3.2 overs.
6,0,0,4,1,4! Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw gather 15 runs from the first over bowled by Chahal. The leg-spinner was too expensive in his first over. DC - 30/0 after 3 overs.
SIX!! Yuzvendra Chahal has been introduced into the attack and Shikhar Dhawan welcomes him with a maximum. He walked down the ground and hit the ball right on the sight-screens.
Four, Four! Prithvi Shaw gets back-to-back boundaries against Washington Sundar. The first one was hit over mid-off and the second one raced towards covers for a boundary.
Spin in second over! Washington Sundar has been introduced into the attack by skipper Kohli.
Four! Shikhar Dhawan gets off the mark with a boundary over covers for a boundary off Umesh Yadav. The southpaw is looking in good touch.
1st innings! RCB fielders are walking into the middle. DC openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are into the middle. Umesh Yadav starts with the new ball.
DC (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.
RCB (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Virat Kohli: When you lose 6 in a row, the only thing you have in control is to enjoy pressure. Wherever the results take us, we are happy with that. Moeen's gone, that's a big miss. He'll have a ball today. Klaasen comes into the side today. He's waiting for his opportunity. Tim Southee misses out, Shivam Dube replaces him. Akshdeep is out, Gurkeerat replaces him.
Shreyas Iyer: We are gonna bat first. It's a dry wicket. We are going really well. They have got nothing to lose. We have to back our strengths. The boys are motivated. Sandeep comes in place of Morris.
Toss: Delhi Capitals win toss, elect to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Pitch Report, Graeme Swann: "The wicket is very, very dry. It's like a riverbed, there's hardly a blade of grass. Very uniform, very flat. Don't expect a great deal for the seam bowlers. When the ball is new and shiny, it might skid off a bit. Once the shine is gone, this is gonna grip the wicket. Spin plays such a big part here at Kotla. Whoever wins the toss will almost certainly bat first."
Local boys Kohli would be looking to put up a good show.
As has been the case with our season, today is another must win match.— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 28, 2019
The key is to have fun on field, which our lads have been having and giving it all they've got.
SO COME ON, CHALLENGERS! LET'S HAVE SOME FUN WHILE NOT BACKING DOWN!#PlayBold #DCvRCB #VIVOIPL2019
Shreyas Iyer will be looking to win it.
Here's what #SkipperShreyas had to say yesterday about #DCvRCB!— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 28, 2019
The captain is ready for the game. Dilliwalon, are you? 😍#DCSoundCards #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #IPL #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/3tGN5X2fZv