RCB vs DC: Delhi Capitals succumbed to their second loss of the season after a close thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday. The Capitals lost the game by just one run after failing to chase down 14 runs in the final over.
Chasing a total of 172 runs, DC skipper Rishabh Pant ( 58* runs) and Shimron Hetmyer’s (53* runs) innings went in vain despite a prodigious comeback.
DC’s middle-order misfired against the guile of RCB bowlers especially Jamieson (1/32) and Harshal Patel (2/37). The early momentum in the game was brought by AB de Villiers who scored 75* off just 42 balls and helped his side post a competitive total of 171/5.
The opening stand between Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal failed to click after Avesh Khan dismissed the RCB skipper on just 12 runs. Padikkal could barely withstand the variations of Ishant Sharma and he surrendered on just 17 runs. Glenn Maxwell despite putting a good start failed to convert into a big knock after he became a victim of Amit Mishra in the 9th over.
DC bowlers except Marcus Stoinis picked one wicket each with Avesh Khan delivering the most economical spell (6.00) among all.
DC lost Dhawan cheaply after Kyle Jamieson got him trapped in the 3rd over. Followed by his wicket, Mohammad Siraj beautifully cleaned Steve Smith (4 runs).
Pant arrived on the crease to lead his team in the chase, however, he was kept at bay by the RCB bowlers throughout the DC innings.
Only after Shimron Hetmyer changed the course of the match with his smoky knock when the asking rate of DC was over 14 RPO. He scored 53 runs off just 25 balls comprising of two boundaries and four sixes at a strike rate of 212.00. Unfortunately, DC failed to chase down the total and they lost by just one run in the end.
De Villiers became the player of the match for his magnificent knock of 75* as he helped RCB post a competitive total. He also took three catches from behind the stumps in the winning cause.
RCB vs DC Talking points:
- AB de Villiers scored the third-fastest 5000 runs in the history of IPL. He took 161 innings while RCB skipper Virat Kohli took 157 innings and David Warner took just 135 innings to reach the feat.
- He scored 75* off 42 balls at a whopping strike rate of 178.57. It was his 40th half-century in the tournament.
- AB de Villiers is the only batsman to have scored 5000 runs with a strike rate of 140+ and an average of 40+ in the tournament.
- Spinner Amit Mishra dismissed Glenn Maxwell for the fifth time in IPL after trapping him in the 9th over of RCB’s innings.
- Harshal Patel retains his purple cap after picking 2/37 against Delhi Capitals. He now has 17 wickets on his name in six matches this season.
- de Villiers is the fastest to score 5000 runs in IPL in terms of balls consumed. He took just 3288 balls, followed by David Warner (3554 balls) and Suresh Raina (3620 balls).
- With this win, RCB also jumped to first place in the points table of IPL 2021.