Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane half-centuries end DC four-match losing-streak but at the same time handed RCB their fourth consecutive defeat as both the teams qualified for the playoffs. Anrich Nortje and Delhi bowlers first restricted RCB to a low total of 152, and then Dhawan and Rahane led the batting unit to make sure that DC finished second on the table.
The 55th match of the IPL 2020 had two teams that had been dominant throughout the whole group stage; Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. In a winner-takes-second-spot contest, DC won the battle but RCB took the defense deep in the innings, which means now their run-rate will be higher than KKR and thus qualified for the playoffs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore innings – Another match, another fifty for Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal has been the find of the tournament and is on set to snatch the emerging player of the season award. Opening the innings with Josh Philippe, the twenty-year-old left-hander made another half-century to take his tally to five fifties this season, only two more batsmen have five+ 50 or more scores and they are KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.
Though losing a struggling Philippe, Paddikal continued to strike with his captain, Virat Kohli. Making a 57-run partnership, Kohli then departed to Ashwin.
During the score of 50 off 41 balls, Padikkal also surpassed Kohli as the leading run-getter for RCB and now sits on the third in the list of most runs in the tournament behind KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.
Got out in the 16th over, there was still AB de Villiers on the crease. Chris Morris was also got out in the 16th over by Anrich Nortje.
Providing the finished work, de Villiers went on to smash 35 runs off 21 balls including two sixes and one four but was run out in the final over. The innings ended on 125-7.
Anrich Nortje picked up three wickets on the day. Kagiso Rabada ended his on-going wicketless streak, he picked up two wickets. R Ashwin was economical and picked one wicket for just 18 runs.
Delhi Capitals innings – Dhawan, Rahane fifties seal the day for DC
Struggling to perform at the top, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan once again opened the innings for Delhi. And it was another failure. Shaw lost his stumps to Mohammed Siraj in the second over.
Joining Dhawan was Ajinkya Rahane. And then there was an 88-run partnership between them. A match-defining innings played by the senior India men.
Dhawan made 54 runs after two back-to-back ducks and is on the second spot in the list of most runs this IPL. He was out in the 13th over. At the time of Dhawan dismissal, DC still needed 46 runs from 44 balls. Pretty easy task for the rest of the batsmen.
Having the clouds of defeat mingling, RCB needed to prolong the chase to 17.3 overs to keep their run-rate above KKR and guaranteed a top-four finish. Which they did. They took the chase to the 19th over and got themselves placed in the playoffs.
Ajinkya Rahane went on to score his first fifty of the tournament. He scored 60 runs off 46 balls and Delhi chased the score with one over to spare.
Delhi Capitals finished the group stage at the second spot and will now have two shots to go to the final. They will play Mumbai Indians on November 5 at Dubai in the first qualifier.
Anrich Nortje, for his 3/33 was the man of the match of the night.
Man of the Match: Anrich Nortje
Result: Delhi Capitals win by 6 wickets
Points: Delhi Capitals 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0