New Delhi: Delhi Capitals crushed Rajasthan Royals’ play-off hopes with a convincing five-wicket victory to finish off the league campaign in the ongoing IPL on a high note here Saturday. Already through to the play-offs, Delhi Capitals first rode on veterans Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra’s superb efforts with the bowl to restrict Rajasthan Royals to 115 for nine and then chased down the target in 16.1 overs, with Rishabh Pant remaining unbeaten on a 38-ball 53.
The win lifted Delhi to the second spot in the standings with 18 points from 14 games but to finish as second best side, the Capitals would need Mumbai Indians to lose against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. A win for Mumbai would automatically drop Delhi to the third spot as they have an inferior net run-rate. Rajasthan are out of the tournament, finishing with just 11 points from 14 games.
Chasing a modest target, Delhi made a quick start through Shikhar Dhawan (16) and Prithvi Shaw (8) before Ish Sodhi (3-26) removed both the openers in consecutive balls to give himself a hat-trick chance. Sodhi first got rid off Dhawan, in the second ball of the fourth over, holed out by Riyan Parag and then Shaw played on the next delivery. While Delhi lost two more wickets in the form of Colin Ingram (12) and Sherfane Rutherford (11), Rishabh carried on his bat and finished off the chase by hitting Sodhi for a big six over long-leg off and in the process also notched up his fifty.
Royal Challengers Bangalore win
BENGALURU: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in their IPL game here Saturday. Sent into bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 175 for seven in the allotted 20 overs, but RCB chased down the target of 176 with four balls to spare.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 175-7 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 70 not out; Washington Sundar 3/24) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore: 178-6 in 19.2 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 75, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 65; K Khaleel Ahmed 3/27).