Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - RCB seal yet another last-ball win against DC. Srikar Bharat (78*) hit a six off the last ball to help RCB over the line
Srikar Bharat (78*) hit a six off the last ball to help RCB over the line
Both Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will head into the first Qualifier with a loss in their last league match. Srikar Bharat and Glenn Maxwell helped Royal Challengers Bangalore bag a six-wicket win as the pair made 111 off 63 to chase down a target of 165 on the final ball of the game. Needing five off the last ball, Bharat smashed a six against Avesh Khan to seal the win.
DC's solid start
Both Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been the rocks the DC batting has revolved around. However, in UAE, there have been signs of struggle with the highest stand being 24 in four innings prior to this game. Put in, Dhawan and Shaw collaborated to score 88 in the opening ten overs to lay a solid platform for the middle order. They scored 20 in the first two overs but slowed down a touch in the next two overs. DC ended the powerplay with 55 on the board.
If DC scored 88 in the opening ten, they were able to manage just 76 in the final ten. Harshal Patel remove Dhawan first before Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of Shaw for 48. Eight balls later, Daniel Christian had Rishabh Pant caught behind to leave DC struggling a touch at 108 for 3. Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer made 35 off 30 while the latter collaborated with Ripal Patel to make 21 off 14. The late flourish DC needed never really arrived and although Hetmyer fell only on the last ball of the innings, he was able to manage just 29 off 22.
Nortje rocks RCB early
In the last match, Devdutt Padikkal made 41 off 52 as RCB lost a close contest to Sunrisers Hyderabad and also lost an opportunity to finish in the top two. On the night, Anrich Nortje handed the left-hander a golden duck to leave the opener with some worry lines ahead of the Eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders. Nortje then struck again to remove the RCB captain as Kohli was caught at mid-on with RCB reeling on 6 for 2.
DC's let the advantage slip
RCB had just 29 on the board when the powerplay ended and were left even more vulnerable when AB de Villiers was dismissed for a run-a-ball 26 in the tenth over with 55 on the board. Bharat's maiden IPL fifty couldn't have come at a better time for RCB. They had 66 for 3 in 11 overs but Bharat and Glenn Maxwell upped the ante to nullify the advantage DC had gained. At the end of the 16th over, RCB had picked up 53 more runs to leave a more manageable 46 off 24 to give DC a scare.
The maniac last two overs
Kagiso Rabada's 17th over needed to be a quiet one but Maxwell struck a boundary and Bharat got a six to take 15 off the over. With 31 needed off 18, and the pair in complete control, DC needed something special to put the breaks on. Nortje gave just four in the penultimate over to leave RCB needing 15 off 6. DC were sloppy on the field throughout the innings and that came back to bite them in the end.
Avesh Khan started the final over well with 4, 2, 1lb, dot on the first four deliveries. Then things unravelled for DC. On the fifth delivery, Bharat mistimed a stroke to long-on but the fielder took it all too easy and allowed Bharat a second. A wide followed as RCB were left needing five off the last ball. Bharat smashed the last ball over long-on to leave DC bruised ahead of the all-important Qualifier. Avesh, when Bharat missed connecting the fourth delivery, stood mid-pitch laughing on the face of the batter. As things turned out, it was Bharat who had the last laugh.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 164/5 in 20 overs (Prithvi Shaw 48; Mohammed Siraj 2-25) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 166/3 in 20 overs (Srikar Bharat 78*, Glenn Maxwell 51*; Anrich Nortje 2-24) by 6 wickets.
DC get a one day rest before they take on Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier on October 10 in Dubai. RCB cool their heels two days before taking on KKR in the eliminator in Sharjah on October 11. Here's the schedule.