Delhi Capitals (DC) defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 59 runs to move on to the top of the table.
1st Innings: Delhi Capitals(DC): 196/4 (20 overs)
2nd Innings: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): 137/9 (20 overs)
Delhi capitals got off to a rollicking start, P Shaw attacked I Udana from the first over itself.
RCB introduced 4 different bowlers in the first 5 overs itself but apart from W Sundar every other bowler was taken to the cleaners. P Shaw and S Dhawan scored 68 runs together before M Siraj got the better of the little dynamo-Shaw. S Dhawan and S Iyer struggled to get going after his dismissal. Dhawan got out at the team score of 82 (9.4 ov) & Iyer at the team score of 90 (11.3 ov). In the 14th, Stoinis took the attack to the opposition and thereafter it was one-way traffic in the favour of DC.
In reply, A Finch was dropped on the third ball of the innings by the bowler-Rabada himself. Although K Rabada troubled A Finch, Iyer introduced Ashwin in the third over searching for wickets and his inspired captaincy was rewarded with Padikkal's wicket. In the next over, A Patel removed Finch at the team score of 27. In the seventh over, A Nortje's fast short ball spelt doom for AB de Villiers and he returned to the pavilion scoring only 9 runs. V Kohli and M Ali tried to stabilize the innings for RCB but neither batsman was able to play freely. In the twelfth, M Ali got out to A Patel, followed by his captain V Kohli in the fourteenth. DC bowlers kept things tight throughout the innings which reduced RCB to the score of 137 for 9 in 20 overs.
Top Performers of the Match
M Stoinis (DC): 53*(26)
P Shaw (DC): 42(23)
V Kohli (RCB): 43(46)
A Patel (DC): 18/2
K Rabada (DC): 24/2
A Nortje (DC): 22/2
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Player of the Match
A Patel was declared the Man of the Match for picking up 2 wickets and giving away only 18 runs in his 4 overs.
It is surprising to see Kohli not giving chances to S Dube with the ball despite his decent performances with it. He could have tried giving him at least one over to see if he could have picked up a wicket in the middle.
It was his day for sure, the changes he made to the bowling often resulted in wickets. He may not have been consistent as a batsman but has been pretty good as a captain throughout this IPL.
Overall, DC dominated this match giving nothing to RCB. DC already had Rabada firing now with Ashwin being fit it makes their bowling extremely strong. For RCB, although they have won three matches their bowling department looks unsettled. Apart from Y Chahal and W Sundar none of the other bowlers has stood up, the day Chahal goes wicketless RCB looks clueless.