Delhi Capitals thrash RCB by 59 runs
Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs in the IPL match on Monday.
Sent into bat, Delhi Capitals scored 196 for four in their stipulated 20 overs.
Marcus Stoinis top-scored for DC with 53 off 26 balls while Prithvi Shaw (42), Rishabh Pant (37) and Shikhar Dhawan (32) also made substantial contributions at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a formidable target of 197, RCB were restricted to 137 for nine .
With 43 off 39 balls, RCB skipper Virat Kohli was the highest scorer for his side even as the others failed to impress.
For the Capitals, pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada ended with excellent figures of 4/24 in four overs.
Delhi capitals: 196/4 in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 53 not out, Prithvi Shaw 42, Rishabh Pant 37, Shikhar Dhawan 32).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 137/9 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 43; Kagiso Rabada 4/24, Axar Patel 2/18, Anrich Nortje 2/22, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/26).
Score after 10 overs: RCB 63/3
Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali are taking forward the RCB innings, albeit slowly.
Score after 5 overs: RCB 38/2
Kohli and ABD look to steady the RCB innings after two early losses
Second innings begins
Finch and Padikkal open for RCB
Score after 20 overs: Delhi Capitals 196/4
Delhi Capitals set a target of 197 in 20 overs for RCB.
Stoinis 53 off 26.
Mohammad Siraj 34 for 2.
Score after 15 overs: Delhi Capitals 134/3
Stoinis (31 off 14) blasts accelerates Delhi innings.
Strategic time out
Delhi Capitals 117/3 at the end of 14th over
Score after 10 overs: 85/2
Both openers gone. Two new batsmen - Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant - on the crease.
Score after 5 overs: Delhi Capitals 53/0
Very good start for Delhi with Shaw leading the charge against RCB bowlers
Prithwi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan open for Delhi Capitals. Udana opens bowling for RCB
Delhi Capitals XI: P Shaw, S Dhawan, S Iyer, R Pant, S Hetmyer, M Stoinis, A Patel, R Ashwin, K Rabada, A Nortje, H Patel
Royal Challengers Bangalore XI: D Padikkal, A Finch, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, M Ali, S Dube, W Sundar, I Udana, N Saini, M Siraj, Y Chahal
Toss: RCB to bat
Royal Challengers Bangalore's Virat Kohli wins the toss and elects to field against Delhi Capitals
It will be a battle between equals when two top IPL teams -- Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) -- square-off at the Dubai International cricket stadium on Monday.
Both teams have six points each, but on net run rate DC were ahead of RCB till the start of the Mumbai Indians-SunRisers Hyderabad match on Saturday. Both Mumbai and
Hyderabad had four points each before their game began, and by the end of their match, the equation on the points table could alter.
Delhi and Bangalore are fresh from wins on Saturday. While the Virat Kohli-led RCB side thrashed Rajasthan Royal (RR), the Shreyas Iyer-captained DC defeated KKR by 18 runs.
Both contests saw their respective skippers leading from the front. After three below-par shows, Kohli regained his touch and played a fantastic unbeaten 72-run knock, helping his side register their third win of the league. Similarly, Iyer's blitzkrieg (unbeaten 88 off 38) propelled DC to a massive 228/4 against KKR before their bowlers defended the target to set up their third win.
The DC top-order, barring Shikhar Dhawan, looks in sublime touch and has explosive Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer in their arsenal for late fireworks. DC stumper Rishabh Pant also showed signs of getting the form back after he dusted off his rustiness with a 17-ball 38-run cameo on Saturday.
Dhawan (26 off 16) started his innings well against KKR but the left-hander failed to convert it.
In bowling, Kagiso Rabada will once again spearhead the pace attack along with compatriot Anrich Nortje, who bowled a decent penultimate over against KKR. Rabada was expensive against KKR. However, the South African quick knows how to rectify errors.
Ravichandran Ashwin and leggie Amit Mishra, who were amongst runs against KKR, will share the spin workload but the entire DC bowling unit needs to be very careful against a side that boasts some quality power-hitters of the T20 format.
RCB, on the other hand, have young Devdutt Padikkal along with Aaron Finch at the top. The youngster was quite impressive against RR and the 20-year-old sits at the fourth place in the list of highest run-getters so far in the league. Padikkal will surely aim to replicate the show against DC by providing a flying start to his side with Finch.
In the middle-order, Kohli's form was the major cause of concern for the RCB think-tank. However; the skipper's knock against KKR will be a major relief. He will get support from AB de Villiers who, too, has been amongst runs after 146 from four games.
They have all-rounders Shivam Dube and Gurkeerat Singh down the order and both of them are capable of going big on any track.
In bowling, Isuru Udana has bowled well so far alongside Navdeep Saini, barring a few occasions.
Yuzvendra Chahal will once again be RCB's go to man as the leggie has not only been economical, but has also picked up wickets whenever his team needed. Washington
Sundar hasn't been a wicket-taker but the 21-year-old has been pretty economical and is likely to get another chance against the side with some quality batsmen.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel (w-k), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe (w-k), Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (w-k), Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey (wk), Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav