In the first game of the Super IPL Sunday, Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a brilliant 16-run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. The home team recorded a pretty challenging first innings total on the back of half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. In the second innings, RCB openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli got their team off to a decent start, but the DC bowlers then pulled of things superbly well to steer their team to an emphatic victory and the runs which the RCB bowlers conceded in the last few overs in the first half proved to be the difference in the end.
Nonetheless, with this win, Delhi Capitals have become the second team after CSK to book a berth in the playoffs as well as the former has climbed towards the top of the points table. On the other hand, the Royal Challengers have nothing other than pride to play for in the rest of the tournament.
Dhawan-Iyer’s twin fifties and Rutherford’s explosive finish propel DC to 187
Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and once again opted to bat first, while on the other hand, RCB skipper Virat Kohli lost his ninth straight toss. The two DC openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw started things off in a blazing manner, smashing 35 runs in just 3.3 overs. RCB new ball bowler Umesh Yadav then trapped Shaw with a beautiful delivery to help his team with the first breakthrough. After his dismissal, Dhawan steadied the innings with an excellent 68-run partnership along with his skipper Shreyas Iyer.
Dhawan and Iyer compiled brilliant fifties and incidentally, both of them took 37 balls each to get towards the milestone. The RCB spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar brought their team back in the game with some quick wickets in the middle-overs stage. However, towards the end, Sherfane Rutherford played an entertaining cameo of 28 runs to power DC towards an imposing total of 187 runs. For RCB, Chahal was little expensive but also took two crucial wickets, while Sundar finished with fine economical figures of 1 for 29.
Spinners and Rabada’s fine efforts derails RCB
RCB wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel kicked off things with a storming start, blasting 45 runs in the first four overs. The veteran Indian batter looked in mood to take the full throttle during the quick-fire innings of 39 runs which consisted of 7 fours and 1 six. But then the DC bowling duo comprising of Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel helped their team stage a definite comeback in the game, dismissing both Parthiv and Virat Kohli in the space of three overs. Axar also took a stunning catch in the mid-wicket boundary region to dismiss AB de Villiers and in turn reduce RCB in a spot of bother at 103 for 3 after 11.3 overs.
The RCB trio of Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Marcus Stoinis did contribute with some explosive cameos to entertain the Kotla crowd but in the end they failed to take their team over the finishing line. For Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada and Amit Mishra bowled very well to pick up two wickets each.
DC: 187/5 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer-52, Shikhar Dhawan-50; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/41, Washington Sundar 1/29)
RCB: 171/7 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel-39, Marcus Stoinis-32*; Amit Mishra 2/29, Kagiso Rabada 2/31)
Result: Delhi Capitals won the match by 16 runs.