Delhi Capitals registered an emphatic 59-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their IPL 2020 clash at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday (October 5).
In chase of a huge target of 197 runs, RCB got off to a terrible start R Ashwin found an early breakthrough and sent Devdutt Padikkal back to the dressing room for just 4 runs.
Up next, it was Padikkal’s opening partner Aaron Finch, who made just 13 runs before Axar Patel dismissed the Australian.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers then tried to form a stand but Anrich Nortje picked up the South African wicketkeeper-batsman with an excellent delivery, reducing RCB to 43/3.
Kohli played a brave knock of 43 runs off 39 balls before Kagiso Rabada dismissed the RCB skipper.
Moeen Ali (11), Washington Sundar (17), Shivam Dube (11), Isuru Udana (1) and Mohammed Siraj (5) failed to lay their mark in the match and lost their wicket cheaply.
Navdeep Saini (12*) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0*) stayed unbeaten in the end as RCB ended on 137/9 and lost the game by 59 runs.
After being asked to bat first, Delhi Capitals got off to a brilliant start with openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan smashing regular boundaries. The duo took the team over the 50-run mark in the fifth over.
Both formed a 68-run partnership before Mohammed Siraj dismissed Shaw, who played a knock of 42 runs from 23 balls. Soon after that, Isuru Udana sent Dhawan (32) back to the pavilion.
Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer then took the field but their partnership also did not last long as the latter scored 11 runs before Moeen Ali got hold of him. Stoinis then joined Pant on the field and the duo took the team over the 100-run mark.
They both played with an attacking mindset, helping the team go past 150 runs in the 17th over. Their 89-run partnership was brought to an end by Siraj as the pacer bowled Pant (37) in the 19th over. In the same over, Stoinis struck a spectacular boundary to complete his half-century off 24 balls.
In the last over, Udana gave away 12 runs as Delhi Capitals set a target of 197 runs for RCB, whose player Siraj took two wickets while Udana and Ali picked one wicket each.