IPL 2020 | DC snaps out of its slump to qualify second; RCB through too

Shreyas’ side ends four-match losing streak, thanks to Nortje-led bowling effort and Dhawan-Rahane stand; Kohli’s men in playoffs with better NRR than KKR

November 02, 2020 07:30 pm | Updated November 03, 2020 10:35 am IST - Abu Dhabi

Delhi Capitals Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane during their IPL 2020 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on November 2, 2020.

Delhi Capitals Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane during their IPL 2020 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on November 2, 2020.

Ajinkya Rahane (60, 46b, 5x4, 1x6) and Shikhar Dhawan (54, 41b, 6x4) returned to form and helped Delhi Capitals seal second spot at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The convincing six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore was set up by a fine bowling performance that restricted RCB to 152, before Rahane and Dhawan came good with an 88-run second-wicket partnership.

RCB too confirmed its place in the playoffs, after making DC bat more than 17.3 overs and ensuring that its net run rate didn’t fall below Kolkata Knight Riders’ in fourth.

Dhawan started the chase with four cracking boundaries through the off-side, including an exquisite straight drive off Mohammed Siraj. Rahane was composed, catching the eye with his excellent use of the feet. The two boundaries he hit off Isuru Udana through the covers and past mid-off to round out the PowerPlay were pleasing.

After scoring 53 from six overs, the duo dropped anchor and consolidated. But in the 13th over, Dhawan was caught at short fine-leg trying a cheeky sweep. Rahane, a little while later, perished trying a cheekier shot, a reverse-sweep. But DC was not to be denied the win.

Earlier, Devdutt Padikkal top-scored with the fifth half-century (50, 41b, 5x4) of his maiden IPL season. But it was again left to Virat Kohli (29, 24b, 2x4, 1x6) and A.B. de Villiers (35, 21b, 1x4, 2x6) to do the heavy-lifting, a job at which they didn’t succeed. Kohli was foxed by R. Ashwin (4-0-18-1) while de Villiers was run out.

After Shreyas Iyer chose to bowl, the PowerPlay fetched RCB just 40 runs. Josh Philippe was restless during his 17-ball 12 but Padikkal made full use of the pace from Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, lifting and guiding the duo for three boundaries on the off-side.

Kohli’s stay contained a crunching back-foot drive (Nortje), a fierce hit over extra-cover (Rabada) and a six over long-on (Axar Patel). He was dropped by Nortje in the deep off Axar in the 10th over, but Ashwin teased the RCB skipper into charging him with a slow delivery and had him caught at deep mid-wicket.

In the 16th over, Nortje breached Padikkal’s defence with a 152kmph snorter and had Chris Morris caught behind. But in a 10-ball window across the 18th and 19th overs, de Villiers and Shivam Dube raised hopes by smashing 28 runs.

However, they fell within three balls of each other, denying RCB the necessary tail-wind.


ROYAL CHALLENGERS: Josh Philippe c Shaw b Rabada 12 (17b, 1x4), Devdutt Padikkal b Nortje 50 (41b, 5x4), Virat Kohli c Stoinis b Ashwin 29 (24b, 2x4, 1x6), A.B. de Villiers run out 35 (21b, 1x4, 2x6), Chris Morris c Pant b Nortje 0 (2b), Shivam Dube c Rahane b Rabada 17 (11b, 2x4, 1x6), Washington Sundar (not out) 0 (1b), Isuru Udana c Shreyas b Nortje 4 (2b, 1x4), Shahbaz Ahmed (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (b-1, w-3): 4; Total (for seven wkts. in 20 overs): 152.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-25 (Philippe, 4.1 overs), 2-82 (Kohli, 12.3), 3-112 (Padikkal, 15.4), 4-112 (Morris, 15.6), 5-145 (Dube, 18.6), 6-146 (de Villiers, 19.2), 7-150 (Udana, 19.4).

CAPITALS BOWLING: Sams 4-0-40-0, R. Ashwin 4-0-18-1, Nortje 4-0-33-3, Rabada 4-0-30-2, Axar 4-0-30-0.

DELHI CAPITALS: Prithvi Shaw b Siraj 9 (6b, 2x4), Shikhar Dhawan c Dube b Shahbaz 54 (41b, 6x4), Ajinkya Rahane c Dube b Washington 60 (46b, 5x4, 1x6), Shreyas Iyer c Siraj b Shahbaz Ahmed 7 (9b), Rishabh Pant (not out) 8 (7b, 1x4), Marcus Stoinis (not out) 10 (5b, 1x6); Extras (lb-3, w-3): 6; Total (for four wkts. in 19 overs) 154.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-19 (Shaw, 1.5), 2-107 (Dhawan, 12.4), 3-130 (Shreyas, 16.2), 4-136 (Rahane, 17.2).

RCB BOWLING: Morris 2-0-19-0, Siraj 3-0-29-1, Washington 4-0-24-1, Udana 2-0-24-0, Chahal 4-0-29-0, Shahbaz Ahmed 4-0-26-2.

Toss: DC; MoM: Nortje.

DC won by six wickets with one over to spare.

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