Delhi Capitals (DC) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday at Dubai International Cricket Stadium with 59 runs in Match 19 of the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and moved up to the top of the points table.
RCB v DC |IPL 2020 Match 19 Highlights
Prithvi Shaw got off to a flying start when the right-hander rolled over three fours in the first from Isuru Udana. While birthday girl Washington Sundar scored a narrow second goal, Shikhar Dhawan and Shaw aimed at Navdeep Saini in the next game.
Dhawan hit a four and followed her at three, while Shaw creamed a six over additional covers when DC went past 30.
Dhawan and Shaw then faced Yuzvendra Chahal in their fifth game when DC turned fifty. The DC openers scored 18 runs, with the left-handed hitting a four and Shaw adding a four and a six to his record.
The power play final, bowled by Sundar, lasted 10 runs when DC finished the power play with 63 runs on the board. But Mohammed Siraj, who played his first game of the 2020 IPL, broke the Shaw Dhawan booth and sacked the right-handed in the seventh game for 42.
A few overs later, RCB struck for the second time that match when Dhawan was hidden in the depths of Udana’s bowling. Shortly thereafter, DC lost their captain’s – Shreyas Iyer’s – wicket when Moeen Ali scored its first hit after Devdutt Padikkal caught a fine catch near the boundary rope.
DC went over 100 on the 13th before Marcus Stoinis countered. The Australian all-rounder hit two fours and as many sixes in the first 12 deliveries before being hit on the glove by a Saini-Beamer in the 15th. He then got a break when DC passed the 130-run mark.
In the next over, the Stoinis-Pant pair ended the 50-run partnership and in the 16th over they hit a four before Pant hit a six in the same over.
Siraj broke the 89-run stand between Pant and Stoinis in the penultimate game, sacking Pant for 37. Stoinis brought his second fiftieth of the season to DC in the same round to get to 180. The final over Udana lasted 12 runs when DC finally posted 196/4 on the board.
Aaron Finch got an early life in the chase when Kagiso Rabada dropped a catch from his own bowling before an edge fell just before Dhawan in the slip in the first over.
This lucky streak had more to offer when Finch was given another reprieve as Dhawan failed to hold a sharp chance from Anrich Nortjes bowling.
DC introduced spin in game three and the move paid off immediately when R Ashwin fired Devdutt Padikkal after Stoinis caught the catch in the middle of the wicket. Finch left the next moment when Axar Patel had him caught behind the gates for 13 years.
Kohli could have been run over by Nortje in the sixth, but Ashwin missed the direct hit and Kohli survived. DC managed to get another large wicket, however, when Nortje fired the ever-dangerous AB de Villiers after Dhawan grabbed a skier.
While Moeen Ali and Virat added 33 runs, DC did not allow easy runs. The partnership was broken by Axar when he pulled out Moeen Ali for 11 on the 12th to complete his fine bowling feat. He only conceded 18 runs from 4 overs to get 2 wickets.
Rabada then struck big and got the wicket from Virat Kohli in the 14th over the chase after the RCB skipper had undercut one to DC wicketkeeper Pant. Sundar was the next man to fold when Rabada picked his second wicket of the game.
The right arm pacemaker that rolled over the 18th and its final of the night disrupted the wood to release Shivam Dube. Rabada took his fourth wicket to Iyer.
Nortje added another wicket to their record before DC finished the game, capping RCB to 137/9 and securing the IPL 2020’s second biggest win.
IPL 2020 Points Table