Royal Challengers Bangalore held their nerves to pip Delhi Capitals by 1 runs in a last-over thriller at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in Match 22 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Tuesday. Shimron Hetmyer’s late blitz (53 not out off 25 balls) was not enough as RCB defended 171 by the barest of margins to return to the top of IPL points table.
Delhi Capitals captain RIshabh Pant played a strange knock as he remained unbeaten 58 from 48 balls. Despite hitting two boundaries in the last two deliveries, Delhi fell short of the target by 1 run with Mohammed Siraj coming up with a fine over at the end.
Captain Pant fails to get Delhi past the finish line
Needing 14 runs in the final over, Pant and Hetmyer looked to finish it with their big-hitting prowess. But Siraj made sure he maintained his composure and got his yorkers right to keep the two batsmen quiet. Pant hit two boundaries when 10 runs were needed but the DC captain had a heartbreak when he couldn’t hit one into the stands in the final over.
With the win, RCB moved right back to the top of the IPL 2021 points table with 10 points from 6 matches. It was a crucial win for the Bangalore-based franchise after their 69-run hammering to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday,
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In the end, the last over bowled by Marcus Stoinis in the RCB innings proved to be the difference as AB de Villiers went berserk, hitting 3 sixes and collecting 23 runs from it. Delhi Capitals skipper Pant, it seemed, got his calculations wrong as he finished off Kagiso Rabada quota as early as the 17th over. He had to go to Stoinis for the final over which proved costly.
De Villiers had a dream night as he proved yet again he is one of the greatest in the modern-era, hitting 75 not out in just 43 balls. The former South Africa batsman also became the third-fastest batsman and the 2nd overseas player to score 5000 runs in the IPL.
DC vs RCB, IPL 2021: Highlights
Earlier in the day, Royal Challengers Bangalore made sure they did not repeat the mistake that Punjab Kings committed when batting first at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Despite losing Virat Kohli (12) and Devdutt Padikkal (17) early, RCB made sure they built partnerships along the way.
Despite reaching only 36 for 2 at the end of the powerplay, RCB did not panic. The team management’s decision to include an extra batsman in Rajat Patidar paid off as the young batsman hit a well-paced 31. Glenn Maxwell made sure RCB had momentum through the middle-overs by tonking the Dehi Capitals spinners around the park.
However, senior spinner Amit Mishra outfoxed Maxwell, who tried to his hit his third six of the night. Mishra’s strike ended Maxwell’s stay and a 30-run stand that looked to flourish.
AB de Villiers storm before the dust storm in Ahmedabad
AB de Villiers then joined young Patidar who initially took the aggressor’s role in their partnership. The duo added 54 runs in just 38 balls, helping set a good platform for a late flourish. Patidar got out for 31, trying to hit one too many in Axar Patel’s final over.
Washington Sundar, who was sent in ahead of Daniel Sams and Kyle Jamieson, failed to deliver but AB de Villiers made sure Bangalore finished on a high.