Delhi Capitals has reached the peak again in IPL-13.
The Delhi team trounced Royal Challengers Bangalore to achieve the top position and won by a huge margin of 59 runs.
Delhi challenged Bangalore for 197 runs in the 19th match of IPL-13 played in Dubai on Monday, in response to this, Bangalore’s team could score 137 runs for 9 wickets. Virat Kohli remained the top scorer by scoring 43 runs. Kagiso Rabada took four wickets for Delhi. It also includes the wicket of Captain Kohli.
The Bangalore team looked tough from the beginning.
Kagiso Rabada drops Aaron Finch’s catch on the second ball of his first over. In the next over, Shikha Dhawan could not hold the catch of Finch off the ball of Enrich Norje.
Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer handed the ball to R Ashwin in the third over. The stakes worked. Ashwin sent the running in-form Devadatta Padikkal to the pavilion. Padikkal could score only four runs.
In the next over, Akshar Patel dismissed Finch. Finch could score only 13 runs in 14 balls.
De Villiers fails
Now at the crease there was a pair of captain Virat Kohli and veteran AB de Villiers. In the fifth over, both batsmen hit one four each on Herschel Patel and it seemed that he was intent on dominating the Delhi bowlers.
In the sixth over, de Villiers sent Norje’s ball out of the boundary but he was out on the next ball. De Villiers could score only nine runs.
Kohli did not get charisma
When the third wicket fell, Bangalore’s score was 43 runs. Captain Kohli along with Moin Ali added 32 runs for the fourth wicket. But even Moin could not make a big score. In the 12th over, he became the second victim of Akshar Patel. He scored 11 runs in 13 balls.
Captain Kohli was now under double pressure. He also had to increase the run speed and save the wicket. In the 13th over, Kohli hit a six over Hershal Patel. In the same over, Washington Sundar also scored a four.
In the 14th over, Rabada put the brakes on Virat Kohli’s struggle. Captain Kohli scored 43 runs in 38 balls. Two fours and a six came off his bat.
Washington Sundar 17, Shivam Dubey 11 and Isuru Udana were dismissed by one run. All these three wickets were recorded in Rabada’s account. He took four wickets for 24 runs in four overs.
In the 19th over, Norje sent Mohammad Siraj to the pavilion. He could score only five runs.
Delhi: 196/4 (20 overs)
Earlier, Delhi Capitals scored 196 runs for four wickets in 20 overs on the back of Marcus Stoinis’ unbeaten half-century and Prithvi Shaw’s fine innings.
Stoinis was Delhi’s top scorer. He scored 53 runs in just 26 balls. Six fours and two sixes came out of his bat. Stoinis played this innings at a time when Delhi’s team started looking difficult after losing three wickets for 90 runs.
Stoinis added 89 runs in 6.5 overs for the fourth wicket with Rishabh Pant. Pant scored 37 runs in 25 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Prior to this, Delhi opener Prithvi Shaw showed the bat and gave the team a fast start. He scored 42 runs in just 23 balls. During this, he hit five fours and two sixes. Prithvi added 68 runs for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan scored 32 runs.
Mohammad Siraj took two wickets for 34 runs for Bangalore. Isuru Udana and Moin Ali took one wicket each. Bangalore’s most affordable bowler, Washington was beautiful. He conceded just 20 runs in four overs.