Match 19: Stoinis, Rabada star as DC routed RCB

Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada combined to get a dominant win against the RCB to get to the top of the table. With a late surge in the death overs, Stoinis scored 53 runs off 26 balls, and in the bowling department, Rabada ripped through the RCB line-up with four wickets to register the 4th win for the team.

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The 19th match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore of IPL 2020 is the clash for the top spot in Dubai. With teams evenly poised and getting wins in their respective previous matches, Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first. But it didn’t go the way as RCB would have wanted and eventually losing the match by 59 runs.

Delhi Capitals innings – Stoinis late surge gives DC a challenging total

Amit Mishra is out of the IPL with the finger injury. His ruling out of the tournament will definitely hurt DC as leg-spinners are proving their selection this IPL and doing considerable damage to the oppositions, not to mention a few; Yuzvendra Chahal, Piyush Chawla, and Rahul Chahar.

But you can’t rely on ifs and buts in sports and that what professional sports is all about, play with all that you have.

Delhi have plenty of youngsters in their team and the good thing is, they are performing for their team. Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant all have performed and contributed in three wins so far.

Virat Kohli is having a strange IPL

Prithvi Shaw, once again was the dominant of the two openers, Shikhar Dhawan had built trust in his junior partner. Striking cleanly and hitting boundaries, the innings of Shaw. Dismissed for 42 runs in 23 balls, Shaw provided the brisk start to the team against a good RCB bowling side.

Dhawan and Iyer, who was man of the match in Delhi’s previous game, went soon leaving a score of 90-3 in 11.3 overs.

Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis had come to crease to do the unfinished job. Pant, who was the second-highest run-scorer in the 2018 edition, was again impressive. He, with Stoinis, had an 89-run partnership in double-quick time of 41 balls. Pant finished on 37 runs off 25 balls with two sixes and Stoinis finished not out on 53 balls of 26 balls with two sixes at a 203 strike-rate.

Washington Sundar, though not in the wicket-taking column but was economical conceding just 20 runs. Mohammed Siraj picked up two wickets for 34 runs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore innings – Rabada, Axar dismantle RCB

Virat Kohli and his men have performed so far so good in the tournament. Sitting below DC coming into the match, RCB must be in confidence as they are having a good start in the tournament.

The innings started with a second-ball dropped chance. Kagiso Rabada spilled an easy caught-and-ball opportunity. Aaron Finch had been given the first chance.

In his first over, R Ashwin had a chance to Mankad Finch, but he didn’t do it. Sparking a controversy last season while Mankading Jos Buttler, this time he only warned Finch with a wry smile. Finch had been given the second chance.

Devdutt Padikkal had been the find of the tournament so far. He is the leading run-scorer of the RCB, a team which have Kohli, Finch, and de Villiers in it. Having scored three half-centuries so far, this time Paddikal fell to the trap plotted perfectly by R Ashwin. Coming out of the crease and hitting straight to deep mid-wicket.

Kagiso Rabada is having a great IPL

Soon, after getting two chances, Finch got out, bringing Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers on strike. Chasing 196 would need not be difficult when these two on crease.

But this night does not belong to RCB. De Villiers got out early. Moeen Ali, who was playing his first match of the tournament, had a slow start. Runs dried up for RCB as both Kohli and Ali looked to rebuild the innings.

In making 43 runs off 39 balls, Kohli also went past 9000 T20 runs.

The 12th over saw the wicket of Moeen Ali and 14th over saw the wicket of Virat Kohli leaving the score at 94-5 in 13.3 overs. Axar Patel, who missed the previous match, bowled beautifully and taking the wickets of Finch and Ali.

It was just a matter of time after that. The team ended their innings at 137-9.

Kagiso Rabada had a wonderful outing against RCB getting four scalps that included the wicket of AB de Villiers. Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje picked up two wickets each for 18 and 22 runs respectively.

Delhi Capitals with four wins in five matches are now at the top of the table.

Axar Patel, for his two wickets for 18 runs was declared the man of the match.

Man of the Match: Axar Patel

Result: Delhi Capitals win by 59 runs

Points: Delhi Capitals 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0