Pace bowler Kagiso Rabada produced a scintillating bowling performance to help Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a game played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.
Captain Shreyas Iyer led from the front and scored 67 runs led from the front to help Delhi chase down the score set by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chasing 150 runs to win, Delhi got off to a worse possible start as Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a first-ball duck. Tim Southee picked up the wicket of Dhawan and should have picked up wicket of Iyer, who was dropped by Parthiv Patel.
Captain Shreyas Iyer joined hands with Prithvi Shaw and decided to take the attack to RCB’s bowling attack. Shaw looked in good touch with the bat and added 68 runs with Iyer to see Delhi placed in a comfortable position. Left-arm orthodox spinner Pawan Negi dismissed Shaw to see Delhi lose their second wicket with 68 runs on the board.
Iyer formed another important partnership with Colin Ingram to see Delhi placed in a good position to win the game. Iyer notched up his first half-century of this year’s Indian Premier League. He scored 67 off 50 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes.
Rishabh Pant also chipped in with 18 runs off 14 balls with the help of two fours. Axar Patel struck the winning runs to see Delhi win the game in 19th over of the innings.
With this result, Delhi have six points to their name in six matches played so far this season.
Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada shine as Delhi Capitals overcome Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game played at Bengaluru
Earlier in the day, Delhi Capitals won the toss and opted to field first. Pace bowler Chris Morris made early breakthrough for the side and dismissed Parthiv Patel in the second over of the innings. AB De Villiers showed signs of intent from the start and was outfoxed by a slower delivery produced by Kagiso Rabada to see RCB lose their second wicket in the 6th over of the innings.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis also failed to capitalize on his good start and was dismissed by left-arm spinner Axar Patel to see Royal Challengers Bangalore lose their third wicket with 66 runs on the board. Captain Virat Kohli once again produced runs with the bat and scored 41 off 33 balls with the help of two sixes.
Moeen Ali produced a brisk innings for RCB and scored 32 off 17 balls with the help of three sixes. He added 37 runs with Kohli to see RCB cross 100-run mark. Left-handed batsman was stumped by Sandeep Lamichhane to see RCB lose their fourth wicket. Kohli decided to shift gears and played a couple of big shots against Sandeep Lamichhane.
Kagiso Rabada came into the attack and dismissed Kohli to see Delhi take control of the game. In his next over, Rabada dismissed Akshdeep Nath and Pawan Negi in quick succession to restrict RCB to 149 for 8 in 20 overs.
For Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada was standout bowler with four wickets to his name. Due to outstanding effort with the ball, Rabada was named man of the match.