Just when the Royal Challengers Bangalore felt that they were getting to their winning ways, with their players getting their roles right ant performing them well enough, they were handed a comprehensive defeat by the Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Put into bat first after losing the toss, the Delhi Capitals got off to a great start as their openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan got off to a good start. Shikhar Dhawan scored a quick 32 off 28 while Prithvi Shaw scored brilliant 23-ball-42 which gave the Capitals the base for a great finish which Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis capitalized on.
Marcus Stoinis played a brilliant finishing hand with an unbeaten 53 off 26, well supported by a quickfire 37 off 25 from Rishabh Pant which helped the Delhi Capitals to post a challenging total of 196/4 at the end of 20 overs.
Coming out to chase a pretty big total the Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line up went for a toss as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals, especially with some brilliant bowling from Axar Patel who picked up two important wickets giving away just 18 runs in four overs, and Kagiso Rabada who picked up four wickets in four overs giving away just 24 runs.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli tried stretching the chase long even as he kept losing partners at the other end with the asking rate rising constantly. Finally Virat Kohli was dismissed for 43 by Kagiso Rabada, when he under-edged one to Rishabh Pant in the 14th over, crushing RCB’s hopes for a win.
The Delhi Capitals bowlers bowled brilliantly in the night as they eventually managed to restrict the Royal Challengers Bangalore for 137/9, thus registering a comprehensive 59-run victory and move to the top of the points table.
Delhi Capitals(DC) – 196/4 (20/20 overs)
Marcus Stoinis* 53(26)
Prithvi Shaw 42(23)
Mohammed Shiraj 2/34(4)
Moeen Ali 1/21(2)
Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) – 137/9 (20/20 overs)
Virat Kohli 43(39)
Washington Sundar 17(11)
Kagiso Rabada 4/24(4)
Axar Patel 2/18(4)
DC WON BY 59 RUNS
Player of the Match – Axar Patel
Dream11 Game Changer of the Match – Marcus Stoinis
Tata Altroz Super Striker of the Match – Marcus Stoinis
Unacademy Let’s crack it Sixes – Marcus Stoinis
Cred Power Player – Prithvi Shaw
TODAY’S MATCH – Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST
Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription
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