The Royal Challengers Bangalore pulled off a scintillating last ball thriller against the Delhi Capitals on Friday. With 5 required from the final ball, RCB’s KS Bharat cleared the ropes for a biggie to take RCB home. The unbeaten 111-run partnership between the uncapped Indian and Glenn Maxwell was the key to RCB’s victory as they thus enter the play-offs on a winning note.
As it Happened
Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl bringing out Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan to bat for Delhi. The duo thus gave a good start to Delhi’s innings, not letting any quick wickets fall and piling up the runs at a good pace. They continued till the halfway stage were the score read 88, after which Dhawan got out on 43.
Shaw also got out soon after on 48 followed by skipper Rishabh Pant. Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmeyer then formed a partnership guiding the Capitals in the middle overs. Their partnership was not fiery but steady at Iyer got out on 18. Hetmeyer continued with Ripal Patel, putting up a competitive score of 164 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.
In response, RCB had the complete opposite innings build up. They lost dependable opener Devdutt Padikkal in the first over itself, further losing their captain in the third. AB de Villiers and KS Bharat then formed a partnership, in an attempt to get the RCB innings back on track. The duo were much successful in doing so before de Villers got out on 26 just before the halfway mark.
With 110 runs required of the final 63 deliveries, Bharat and Maxwell did the first job of ensuring that RCB lost no more wickets. They then began their hitting as the game drew closer and closer to the brink. Both the batsmen eventually brought up their fifties as Maxwell was dropped twice in the same over. A big hit over the boundary on the last ball by Bharat, took RCB home with 7 wickets in hand.
Delhi Capitals 164/5 (20) ( Prithvi Shaw 48 (31), Shikhar Bharat 43 (35), Mohammed Siraj 2-25 (4) ) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 166/3 (20) ( KS Bharat 78* (52), Glenn Maxwell 51* (33), Anrich Nortje 2-24 (4) ) by 7 wickets.
Man of the Match: KS Bharat 78* (52)