M55 : Delhi beat RCB by 6 wickets, will take on Mumbai in Qualifier-1
Delhi Capitals (DC) won on Monday in the 55th match of the 13th season of IPL. Delhi defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 6 wickets. Delhi first held Bengaluru to a score of 152/7 and then scored 154/4 in 19 overs to reach the winning target (153). Half-century innings of Ajinkya Rahane (60 runs, 46 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (54 runs, 41 balls) proved crucial in Delhi's victory. Enrique Nortje was the man of the match, giving three blows to Bengaluru.
With this victory, Delhi won the battle of the top-2 and made a spectacular entry in the play-offs. They will now compete with No. 1 team Mumbai Indians (MI) in Qualifier-1 in Dubai on 5 November. That is, the team playing Qualifier-1 will have two chances to make it to the finals.
RCB also in play-off based on better net run rate
Bengaluru also booked a play-off ticket on the basis of better net run rate. He defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on the basis of net run rate. That is, the Bangalore team will play in the Eliminator on November 6 in Abu Dhabi. The fourth team to make a place in the play-off will be decided on Tuesday from the last league match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.
Delhi Capitals won this crucial match after losing 4 consecutive matches. He has 16 points with 8 wins in 14 matches. On the other hand, this was Bengaluru's fourth consecutive defeat. He had 14 points from 14 matches.
Chasing a target of 153 runs, Delhi lost the first wicket on a score of 19, when Prithvi Shaw (9) was bowled by Mohammad Siraj. After this Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane took the responsibility. Dhawan (54) became the victim of Shahbaz Ahmed after sharing 88 runs.
On the score of 130, Shahbaz returned skipper Shreyas Iyer (7) cheaply. Rahane (60) was caught by Washington Sundar on a score of 136. Delhi got a fourth shock. Rishabh Pant (8 not out) and Marcus Stoinis (10 not out) led the team to victory.
Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 152/7
Royal Challengers Bangalore were able to score 152 runs for 7 wickets, despite AB de Villiers' fine innings after the battling half-century of opener Devdutt Padikal. Paddikal scored an innings of 50 runs, while de Villiers scored 35 runs in 21 balls with two sixes and a four. Captain Virat Kohli also scored 29 runs.
The team however struggled to increase the run pace during the entire innings. For Delhi, Enrique Nortje took 3 for 33, while Kagiso Rabada took two wickets for 30 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled economically and took one wicket for 18 runs.