Match 46 DC VS RCB : DC dents RCB | qualifies for the playoffs after 6 years

TOSS: DC won the toss and have decided to bat first

Prithvi Shaw & Shikhar Dhawan to open

Buildup: RCB must make sure they win or else they are out of the tournament

Shaw is on fire

As he won the battle against Washington sundar by hitting him for two consecutive boundaries.

Dhawan on the mark as well

Next over yuzvendra chahal comes and Dhawan has taken apart him by hitting him a six and two boundaries.

Delhi off to a flier! 30/0

Out goes shaw!

Outside 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 35/1

At the end of powerplay DC 59/1

“Dhawan show is on”

Halfway stage DC 88/1

Delhi 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

Seems like Skipper Shreyas Iyer is on different planet.

Chahal strikes back!

Rishab 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

Spin choke on DC as Iyer falls as well

Virat 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.

A cutter cuts Ingram!

He has 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

Innings break DC 187/5

Dc 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.

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RCB needs 188 runs to win off 120 balls

Out comes Virat Kohli & Parthiv Patel

Parthiv 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.

At the end of PowerPlay – RCB 64/1

Electrifying 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.

Wicket! Virat Kohli goes

The RCB 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.

AB falls as RCB chase is up in the air!

Seems 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.

RCB’s chase up in the air…

Heinrich 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.

Wrong-one does the trick

Mishra 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.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann keeps RCB in the chase

Who 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.

Ishant bounces back!

The 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.

Incredible 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.

It’s all over!

Delhi Capitals reach knockouts for the first time since 2012

Kagiso 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.

Sensational 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.

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Man of the match: Shikhar Dhawan for his knock 37 ball 50.

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