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Cricket news - DC seal play-offs berth after six years
Way back in 2012, Delhi Daredevils had made it past the league stage of the IPL for the third time in five seasons. But their next six years were filled with disappointment as their best finish was the sixth position they secured in 2016 and 2017. The six-year drought finally came to an end on Sunday (April 28) when Delhi Capitals secured a 16-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer and a cameo from Sherfane Rutherford powered the Capitals to a total of 187 for 5. In reply, the Royal Challengers started well but ran out of steam to end up with their eighth loss in 12 games. Meanwhile, the Capitals registered their eighth win in 12 games, which not only helped them top the table but also paved way for their qualification to the playoffs.
Kohli vs DC
A brush of shoulders with Kagiso Rabada resulted in the South African pacer and the Indian skipper sharing a smile but things got heated up a short while later when Ishant bowled at Kohli. The Indian quick, who found the outside edge of Kohli's bat in the fifth over, was a bit premature with his celebrations. As replays would reveal, the outside edge was taken on the bounce by Rishabh Pant, much to the disappointment of Ishant and the Capitals. To add insult to injury, Kohli went on to score a six and a four in the same over to power the Royal Challengers past 50. But the good start for the visiting side was set up by Parthiv Patel, who handled both spin and pace with ease for a flurry of boundaries in the powerplay. He eventually fell to Rabada in the sixth over but it was a job well done from the wicketkeeper-batsman, who struck a 20-ball 39 to power the Royal Challengers to 64.
Kohli, AB and a deja vu that wasn't to be
180-plus to win, Kohli and AB de Villiers at the middle, a stiff challenge in front of them at the Kotla. In 2018, the two superstars struck half-centuries to pull off a victory in pursuit a similar total at this venue. Would there be a repeat performance? Not quite, as Kohli fell to an innocuous short delivery from Axar, finding Rutherford at the deep - who took the catch and did Dhawan proud with his slap of the thigh impersonation. The show continued as de Villiers found an able partner in Shivam Dube and kept their side in the hunt with a useful partnership. But the South African, who had lasted the distance in 2018, failed this time as his pull off Rutherford ended up in the hands of Axar, who took a sharp catch close to the boundary.
When superstars fail ...
... the Royal Challengers end up on the losing side more often than not. It wasn't any different in this game as the middle order crumbled following the departure of the top players. Amit Mishra accounted for Heinrich Klaasen and Dube in the same over, leaving the Royal Challengers middle order a daunting task. Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Marcus Stoinis didn't throw in the towel but did nothing special either, apart from delaying the moment of celebration for the Capitals.
How did the Capitals start?
Bat first and make the most of the new ball, was Graeme Swann's advice during his pitch report. Iyer won the toss and duly opted to bat, hoping that his batsmen would capitalise during the powerplay. And they did. Before this game, only once in this edition of the IPL had they posted in excess of 50 during the powerplay at Feroz Shah Kotla, managing 60 in the game against Kings XI Punjab. The Capitals almost matched that effort when they amassed 59 in the first six overs in this game, thanks to a brisk 35-run stand between Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. Although the run-rate slowed down in the subsequent overs, Dhawan and Iyer's well-paced partnership ensured 88 runs in the first 10 overs, an ideal platform for the hosts.
Did the RCB spinners profit from the Kotla pitch?
They did, to an extent. Although Yuzvendra Chahal went for a few, being hit for plenty of sixes, he was also bowling a few rippers that the Capitals batsmen had no answers to. The leggie accounted for Dhawan - who failed in his execution of the sweep soon after registering a half-century - and also sent back the dangerous Rishabh Pant by trapping him plumb in front. The other half-centurion, Iyer, attempted one too many against spin and ended up finding Kohli at the deep to give Washington Sundar a wicket. In the eight overs that Chahal and Sundar bowled between them, they conceded 70 - an economy of 8.75 - but also picked up key wickets to stymie the Capitals' progress in the middle overs as the hosts lost four wickets for the addition of only 38 runs following the 68-run second wicket stand between Dhawan and Iyer.
What happened at the death?
Rutherford, and the usual death-bowling woes of the Royal Challengers. Colin Ingram began the assault when he struck a four and a six off Navdeep Saini in the 17th over. Although he departed in the same over, Rutherford showcased his big-hitting skills as he struck a six apiece off Marcus Stoinis and Umesh Yadav, with Axar Patel, also aiding the Capitals' cause with a few boundaries. There were plenty of edges in the final over but it turned out to be very productive for the hosts as they finished with 180-plus, 56 of those coming in the last four overs - 36 in the last two alone. Rutherford and Axar added 46 for the sixth wicket off only 19 deliveries, scoring four fours and three sixes between them, which made a big difference to the result.
With their qualification dreams all but over, and needing other results to go their way, the Royal Challengers will head back to Bengaluru for their last two games (against Rajasthan Royals on April 30 and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 4). The Capitals, who'll be hoping to hold on to their top position, will face the Chennai Super Kings challenge at Chepauk on May 1.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 187/5 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 52, Shikhar Dhawan 50; Yuzvendra Chahal 2-41) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 171/7 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 39, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 27; Amit Mishra 2-29) by 16 runs.
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