The Indian Premier League continues to keep the fans at the edge of the seats by producing nail-biting finishes, and that is why this cash-rich league tournament is the best in the world.
In yesterday’s match, the acclaimed chasers Delhi Capitals were handed their first defeat while chasing a good score. DC has chased down scores more than 170s in the past. But Virat’s RCB won the thriller by a single run and bounced back after their loss to CSK.
Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to bat field first. The RCB openers didn’t have much say in the match as they had put on a decent start to the innings. Paddikal and Kohli got the starts, but they failed to convert them. Both the batsmen were clean bowled to the pace bowlers of DC.
Skipper Kohli was the first to depart for 12 runs as he was clean bowled the young and lethal Avesh Khan. In the very next over, Ishant Sharma caught the young Devdutt Padikal and cleaned him up for 17 runs. The RCB batters were under pressure as they lost two of their main players in successive overs.
Glenn Maxwell batted at number three and Rajat Patidar at number four in this match. They both guided the innings towards the fifty-run mark. Both the batsmen got well set in the middle. But they still couldn’t kick on.
It was the spin of Mishy Bhai, which did the trick for the Delhi Capitals side. Maxi was caught smartly by his Aussie mate, Steve Smith, of Amit Mishra’s bowling for 25 runs.
DC thought that they have the game in control. But they didn’t know that they will have to go through the De Villiers show. After AB DE Villiers failed to make a mark against CSK, the veteran Proteas batter should his class once again in this IPL 2021 season.
With the support of Rajat Patidar, ABD guided the RCB innings towards the hundred-run mark, and he kicked on from there. ABD also took time to settle down and eked out after he faced the first 22 deliveries. Rajat Patidar finally perished for 31 runs. But ABD stood there till the end.
RCB never looked like they would reach the 170 run mark after the first ten overs were completed. It was because of ABD, who delivered yet again for the men in the red franchise. He took his fellow South African pacer, Kagiso Rabada, and hit few crucial boundaries, which gave them the momentum to reach that score.
De Villiers smashed 22 runs off an over and stood out amongst the rest of the batsmen from the RCB camp. ABD single-handedly guided RCB’s score towards 171 runs in their 20 overs. DC bowlers were blown away because of ABD’s heroics.
Avesh Khan was once again economical, and Ishant Sharma had a good comeback game with Amit Sharma, Axar Patel, and Kagiso Rabada, too, had a decent game. But Mishy Bhai was the one who stood out after he picked up the important scalp of Maxwell. All the DC bowlers picked up one wicket each.
The run chase was thrilling from DC. The match looked as if it would end up in another super over. DC didn’t get a good start while they chased the 172 run target after the sand storm delayed the proceedings of the second innings.
Dhawan managed just six runs, and Steve Smith got out for just four runs. Due to the early wickets, RCB was back in the game. But they couldn’t keep Shaw quiet as he again started the innings on a high, and he again wasted his excellent start.
If Shaw would have held the one end up with Pant or Hetmyer, then the story could have been different for DC.
Prithvi Shaw’s show was ended for entertaining of 21 runs. Then Marcus Stonis and Risbah Pant looked to rebuild the momentum with a mini stand of 45 runs.
Pant didn’t look in his regular class, and he mistimed many deliveries that added that pressure of the required run rate. Stoinis looked good till he batted for 22 runs, and he should have carried on with Pant for some more overs.
Shrimron Hetmyer played a cameo which brought DC closer to the target. Hetmyer was in beast mode as he thrashed Siraj and co for boundaries and sixes in his innings. When Devdutt Paddikal dropped Hetmyer, it looked like DC will win this match. But in the end, it was RCB who won by one run.
The RCB bowlers held their nerve to survive the scare of Hetmyer and Pant. They shared an unbeaten partnership of 80 runs. But still, they couldn’t finish the game. Harshal Patel took two wickets to his name, while Kyle Jamieson and Mohammad Siraj picked up one wicket each.
ABD was named player for the match for his outstanding knock of 75 unbeaten runs. His knock allowed the RCB team to score 171 runs, and that didn’t look possible at one stage. But It was ABD’s magic that allowed RCB to score a competitive score and win this match.