won the toss and have decided to bat first
Shaw & Shikhar Dhawan to open
Buildup: RCB must make sure they win or
else they are out of the tournament
As he won
the battle against Washington sundar by hitting him for two consecutive
the mark as well
yuzvendra chahal comes and Dhawan has taken apart him by hitting him a six and
to a flier! 30/0
edge and, Parthiv Patel where does the ball go? Gee he has grabbed that with
his chest. Haahahha that’s literally funniest moment I’ve witnessed. Umpires
goes upstairs for checking the catch properly taken or not? Meanwhile third
umpire gives out and Umesh gets the first one as shaw goes for 10 ball 18. Dc
end of powerplay DC 59/1
show is on”
stage DC 88/1
Capitals are racing away with this. It seems like wicket have fallen months ago
as this two Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer are showing no mercy to everyone.
Fifty for Shikhar Dhawan and 100 comes
up as well for DC
Wicket! How many time this happens just
after completing half century batsman goes out. Same thing happens for dhawan
as well as he sweeps the slower top spinner by Chahal very far off, gets top
edge and sundar takes an easy one. Dhawan goes 37 ball 50. Dc 103/3
like Skipper Shreyas Iyer is on different planet.
Pant is out LBW! He wasn’t sure but goes for the review straight away after
asking skipper, who is at non-strikers end. What a comeback by yuzvendra chahal
after being blazed for 2 sixes by shreyas iyer. The ball just turns sharply
where pant fails to get bat onto it while playing it down the leg side. Third
umpire confirms three reds and pant has to go for run-a-ball 7.
Fifty for skipper Shreyas Iyer
choke on DC as Iyer falls as well
Kohli at the deep square leg gobbles up this one as iyer way trying to whack
sunder outta park but gets out instead. Iyer goes for 37 ball 52.
been trying to do some quirky shots but this time doesn’t get proper connection
as he tries to shuffle across the stumps and plays a scoop but finds out
Washington sunder at short fine leg. This firozshah kotla pitch might be
slowing down a bit. This is such bad news for RCB as they have to climb up the
score in the runchase. Dc 141/5
break DC 187/5
recovered very well in last 4 over as they smashed 56 runs to take a
respectable total. Rcb put the brakes in the middle overs but their death
bowlers faltered again. Pitch has deteriorated through the 1st innings so rcb
will have a tough task in chasing this one. We’ll have to wait and watch.
188 runs to win off 120 balls
Virat Kohli & Parthiv Patel
Patel tees off
He had a
bit of a trouble starting off against Ishant Sharma, but Patel has looked
increasingly comfortable at the crease. The first ball he faced from Axar Patel
was hit for a six, and then followed three boundaries in Sandeep Lamichhane’s
first over. Kohli is quietly playing the accomplice at the other end. RCB 35/0
after 3 overs
Wicket! The RCB opener has once again
fallen after giving his team a flying start here. Kagiso Rabada dangled the
carrot at the left-hander with a short and wide ball, and Parthiv slashed at
it, hitting straight to Axar Patel at backward point. Parthiv walks back for a
20-ball 39, RCB 63/1 in 5.5 overs.
end of PowerPlay – RCB 64/1
start for RCB in a steep run chase at Delhi, stretching the home side early.
Qualification to playoffs doesn’t come that easy now, does it? Parthiv Patel
was exceptional with another super start, some sparks flew between Virat Kohli
and Kagiso Rabada, and even a caught behind appeal against him got turned down
by the third umpire. Lot’s happened in the opening passage of play, and with AB
de Villiers in, there’s a chance the trend will continue.
Virat Kohli goes
captain can’t believe his luck. There’s a wry smile to convey his exact feeling
after having hit an absolute long hop from Axar Patel to Sherfane Rutherford at
deep mid-wicket. Can Shivam Dube prove to RCB that they were wrong to drop him
that early in the season.
as RCB chase is up in the air!
like a disease amongst the best batsmen of this side. After Kohli, now AB de
Villiers has thrown his wicket away to a rank hit-me ball – from Sherfane
Rutherford. Credit to Axar Patel for taking a sharp catch right at the edge of
the boundary line at deep mid-wicket. Rutherford has now broken what looked
like a stand that would revive RCB’s chances. They’re now down to 103 for 3 in
the 12th over.
chase up in the air…
Klaasen is gone! Excellent bowling from Amit Mishra. There’s purchase for the
spinners on this pitch and he has deliberately bowled slower today. Klaasen
looked to play the scoop but ended up hitting the ball back onto his own
helmet. The ball ricocheted off the grille and Rishabh Pant ran to his left and
took an excellent diving catch.
does the trick
then dents RCB further with a wrong ‘un that foxes Shivam Dube. The left-hander
tried to heave, but a thick leading edge went up in the air. Shikhar Dhawan
covered quite a bit of ground to complete a very good catch. And just like that
RCB are five down.
Singh Mann keeps RCB in the chase
would’ve thought? A 16-run over from Ishant Sharma in the 17th has tipped the
scales back in the balance. The equation is down to 36 off the last 3 overs.
Gettable? We’d like to think so.
senior Indian pacer recovers from his previous over which went for 16 runs.
He’s got Gurkeerat Singh Mann packing – also thanks to a very good catch from
Rishabh Pant behind the stumps. Washington Sundar walks out to the equation of
28 runs needed from 8 balls.
over from Rabada
1 1 1 2
DOT – That’s
what he does when RCB need 36 off three overs. DC (and South Africa) have an
absolute gem amongst them.
Capitals reach knockouts for the first time since 2012
Rabada had 25 runs to defend in the last six balls, which were perhaps 20 runs
too much for RCB to get off the South African pacer – also the best in the
league this year. In the end, RCB fell 16 short in chase.
stuff from Delhi Capitals. They’ve been a team re-born in their first full
season under Shreyas Iyer, who has copped some criticism for his captaincy but
has grown in the role as the season has progressed. Their team selections have
been spot on and the all-round effort through season resulting in a
qualification for the first time since 2012. Ricky Ponting will be chuffed, as
will Sourav Ganguly. They still have a lot to play for this season, but the
owners too must heave a collective sigh of relieve after the turnaround.
Man of the match: Shikhar Dhawan for his knock 37 ball 50.