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IPL PHOTOS: All-round Delhi beat RCB to make play-offs

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Last updated on: April 28, 2019 21:06 IST
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IMAGES from Sunday's IPL match played between Delhi and Bangalore in New Delhi

Delhi Capitals' Axar Patel celebrates after dismissing Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Delhi Capitals' Axar Patel celebrates after dismissing Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli. Photograph: BCCI

Delhi Capitals qualified for the IPL play-offs for the first time since 2012 after a convincing 16-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in New Delhi on Sunday.

Entertaining knocks from captain Shreyas Iyer (52 off 37) and Shikhar Dhawan (50 off 37) helped Delhi put up a daunting 187 for five before the bowlers delivered once again to stop the RCB at 171 for seven. 

It was Delhi's eighth win in 12 games, giving them the 16 points needed to seal a top-four berth. Chennai Super Kings were the first team to quality for the play-offs. 

On the other hand, it is all but over for the Virat Kohli-led RCB, following their eighth loss in 12 games.

 

With 62 needed off the last five overs, the Delhi bowling attack, led by spinners Amit Mishra (2/29) and Axar Patel  (1/26), produced another commendable performance after RCB made a promising start.

RCB opener Parthiv Patel initially resisted the Delhi attack with aplomb, hitting a belligerent 39 off 20 balls with five boundaries and a six while Kohli seemed happy to play spectator at the non-striker's end.

Delhi Capitals' Shikhar Dhawan takes the catch to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore's Shivam Dube  

IMAGE: Delhi Capitals' Shikhar Dhawan takes the catch to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore's Shivam Dube. Photograph: BCCI

Although it was Delhi's home game but when Kohli survived a caught behind call on 4, it seemed most of the fans had turned up to cheer for the Indian skipper, who did not disappoint and hit the very next ball for a towering six.

The Delhi bowlers replied strongly to the onslaught by the openers by dismissing the duo in quick succession,  Kagiso Rabada scalped the wicket off Parthiv while Axar Patel accounted for Kohli (23 off 17),  who was caught by Rutherford in the deep.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for RCB as their batsmen failed to make an impact. Patel took a stunning catch at the boundary to dismiss AB de Villiers (17 off 19) in the 12th over and South African Heinrich Klaasen (3) soon followed him into the dressing room.

Shivam Dube (24), who was dropped on 3, was then caught by Dhawan, eliciting the trade-mark thigh-slap celebration from the Indian opener. 

RCB seemed to be leading towards victory when Marcus Stoinis (32 not out off 24)and Gurkeerat Singh (27 off 19) were in the middle of a blistering stand but the total proved to be too much in the end.

Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi a swift start and made another half-century

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi a swift start and made another half-century. Photograph: BCCI

Half centuries by Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer's coupled with late cameos from Sherfane Rutherford and Axar Patel powered Delhi Capitals to 187/5 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL match in New Delhi on Sunday.

Keeping in mind the extremely dry nature of the wicket, Delhi Capitals skipper Iyer opted to bat first.

 

The openers began the Delhi innings on a steady note. Shikhar Dhawan sliced Umesh Yadav over cover point to hit the first boundary for his team. Shaw also hit four boundaries and looked in dangerous form but couldn't capitalise on his good start and perished for 18 in the fourth over with Yadav providing the first breakthrough for the visitors.

Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates on dismissing Shikhar Dhawan 

IMAGE: Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates on dismissing Shikhar Dhawan. Photograph: BCCI

Skipper Iyer then came in and gave Dhawan good support at the other end. His innings of 52 was laced with two fours and three sixes.

At the other end, Dhawan (50 off 37-balls) continued hitting boundaries at regular intervals to the delight of the home fans. The home team reached to 88/1 at the halfway mark. The duo shared a 68-run stand and looked to set a huge target.

Sherfane Rutherford struck 28 off 13 balls late in the innings to take Delhi past 180

IMAGE: Sherfane Rutherford struck 28 off 13 balls late in the innings to take Delhi past 180. Photograph: BCCI

However, there was a shift in momentum as Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the pick of the bowlers, dismissed Dhawan as he tried to reach out and sweep the ball in the 13th over. The spinner then dismissed danger man Rishabh Pant for 7 in his next over.

Delhi then lost wickets of Iyer and Colin Ingram (11) in quick succession and were struggling at 141 for 5 before Rutherford (28 off 13 balls) and Patel (16 off 9) walked in to share a 46-run partnership with 20 runs coming off the last over.

 

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