In the 19th match of the 13th season of IPL, Delhi Capitals (DC) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 59 runs. This is Delhi’s biggest win against Bengaluru in IPL. Earlier, Delhi beat RCB by 37 runs in 2010. With this win, Delhi reached the top of the points table. Marcus Stoinis (53*) and Kagiso Rabada (4 wickets) were the winning heroes for Delhi.
Invited to bat first after losing the toss, Delhi challenged Royal Challengers Bangalore with a target of 197 runs. In reply, Bengaluru could only manage to score 137 runs for 9 wickets. Captain Virat Kohli scored the most 43 runs.
Bengaluru Lost 3 Wickets in Powerplay
Bengaluru start while chasing the target was not good. The team lost 3 wickets in the power-play itself. Opener Devdutt Padikkal (4 runs) and Aaron Finch (13 runs) could not do anything special. Padikkal was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin. After this, Aaron Finch also caught by Rishabh Pant at the ball of Axar Patel. After this AB de Villiers also returned back to pavilion on a score 9 runs.
Ashwin-Axar’s Phenomenal Bowling
Delhi’s experienced spinners R Ashwin and Axar Patel bowled well. Bengaluru’s team managed to score only 44 runs in their 8 overs. Axar took 2 wickets for 18 runs with an economy of 4.50 whereas Ashwin took one wicket for 26 runs with an economy of 6.50.
Delhi Scored 196 Runs For 4 Wickets
Earlier, Delhi scored 196 runs for 4 wickets. Marcus Stoinis scored the highest for Delhi, 53 not out of 26 balls with the help of six fours and 2 sixes. This was his third fifty in the IPL. Apart from this, Rishabh Pant also contributed 37 runs to the team’s total. There was an 89-run partnership for the fourth wicket between the two. Mohammad Siraj of Bengaluru got 2 while Isuru Udana and Moeen Ali got 1-1 wickets.
Dhawan-Prithvi’s 68-run Opening Partnership
Delhi openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw gave a brilliant start to their team. Both added 68 runs for the first wicket. Shaw scored 42 runs off 23 balls. He was dismissed by Mohammad Siraj. After this Shikhar Dhawan (32) was caught by Moeen Ali on the ball of Isuru Udana. Captain Shreyas Iyer was dismissed on just 11 runs. He was dismissed by Moeen Ali. Devdutt Padikkal caught his brilliant catch at the boundary.
Kohli Breaks The COVID-19 Guidelines
In the match, RCB captain Virat Kohli also broke the COVID-19 guidelines. During the fielding of the third ball of the third over of Delhi’s innings, he applied saliva to the ball. Soon after, he also realized his mistake. This incident was captured on camera. Earlier, Robin Uthappa of Rajasthan Royals also caught doing the same.
Due to Corona, the ICC has banned saliva on the ball. In every innings, the team is given twice a warning for saliva. As a penalty in the third time, 5 runs are added to the account of the opposition team.
Two Records For Kohli
With this match, Kohli touched another milestone and became the player with most matches played for a team in T20. Kohli played 197 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He broke the record of James Hildreth, playing 196 matches for Somerset. At the same time, Kohli also became the first Indian to score 9 thousand runs in T20 cricket.