In the 20th game of IPL 2019, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) handed a clinical 4-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. DC fast bowler Kagiso Rabada displayed a sensational effort to restrict the opposition under a below-par first innings total. While in the second innings, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer composed an amazing half-century knock to help his team pick up its third win of the season. On the other hand, the Virat Kohli-led team succumbed to its sixth straight loss in the tournament.
Rabada's brilliant four-per restricts RCB
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, RCB got off to a poor start, losing the wicket of opener Parthiv Patel in just the second over. AB de Villiers started his innings on a blazing note, striking a couple of crisp boundaries, but he too perished off a fantastic delivery bowled by Kagiso Rabada. The likes of Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali and Akshdeep Nath did get some significant starts, however, all of them failed to longer their stays at the crease.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli was left strangled at one end while wickets kept on tumbling from the other side. He played a struggling knock of 41 runs off 33 balls. However, the star performer in the innings was DC fast bowler, Rabada. The right-arm paceman bowled amazingly well to pick up four wickets and in turn restricted RCB within a thin total of 149 runs. Chris Morris also bowled really well to pick up two crucial wickets.
Iyer’s excellent half-century knock excels DC
RCB fast bowler Tim Southee started off the proceedings with a fantastic first over, removing Shikhar Dhawan off just the third ball of the run-chase. After his dismissal, DC skipper Shreyas Iyer joined hands with opener Prithvi Shaw to steady the innings. The duo stitched an excellent stand of 68 runs to ease off all the pressure of the run-chase. Shaw was initially looking in a dazzling mood as he smashed Southee for four consecutive boundaries, but he then threw his wicket away in a very soft dismissal. However, even after Shaw’s wicket, Iyer held the other end pretty nicely, notching up his first fifty of the season which came off 37 balls.
Iyer played a fine innings 67 runs off 50 balls which consisted of 8 fours and 2 sixes. RCB bowlers were looking too lost in the run-chase as they failed to cause any serious jitter in the Delhi dressing room. Navdeep Saini did trigger a slight batting collapse by picking up two wickets in a single over, but the game was already done and dusted till then. DC all-rounder Axar Patel finished off the formalities by hitting the winnings runs and in turn guiding his team towards a comfortable victory with more than an over to spare.
RCB: 149/8 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli-41, Moeen Ali-32; Kagiso Rabada 4/21, Chris Morris 2/28)
DC: 152/6 in 18.5 overs (Shreyas Iyer-67, Prithvi Shaw-28; Navdeep Saini 2/24)
Result: Delhi Capitals won the match by 4 wickets.