IPL 2020, DC vs RCB: Rahane, Nortje shine as Delhi beat Bangalore by 6 wickets to qualify for playoffs
Abu Dhabi (UAE) | Jagran Sports Desk: A calm and composed innings from Ajinkya Rahane and a handy bowling performance from Anrich Nortje helped Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in game 55th of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. With this win, Delhi Capitals have qualified for the playoffs of the tournament.
Asking Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first, Delhi Capitals did a good job with the ball and restricted them to just 152 runs in their 20 overs. DC were led by Anrich Nortje who picked up three crucial wickets in his four overs to jolt RCB's innings. Nortje was well supported by Ashwin and Rabada, who picked up one and two wickets respectively.
For Royal Challengers Bangalore, Devdutt Padikkal was the only star with the bat as the 20-year-old scored his fifth IPL 50. Several other batsmen, including Virat Kohli (29 off 24 balls) and AB de Villiers (35 off 21 balls), got initial starts but were not able to convert them into big innings.
Talking about Delhi Capitals' batting, Prithvi Shaw's poor form continued as he was dismissed cheaply once again. However, Shikhar Dhawan (54 off 41 balls) made sure that his side stays in the hunt. He was well supported by Ajinkya Rahane, who announced his return to form and smashed a brilliant 60 off 46 balls to take his side home.
The only bowler who looked dangerous for Royal Challengers Bangalore was Shahbaz Ahmed. Ahmed picked up two crucial wickets in four overs and gave just 26 runs. Surprisingly, Yuzvendra Chahal failed to form for RCB in this and gave 29 runs in his four overs without picking up a wicket.
"Very chuffed with the performance. We knew it was a do-or-die and an opportunity for us to get to the second spot. We were really motivated and the teams winning in tha latter half completely changed the scenario of the table and it was really commendable and really happy with how the tournament has gone so far," Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer in the post-match conference.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli said that his team was not able to control the game in the end. He, however, expressed his satisfaction that his side has qualified for the playoffs of the tournament.
"But I think we've played good enough cricket to earn a qualification spot. You could say just before the qualification, the mindset was a little bit tentative. We've got two games to reach the final. We have a shot, an opportunity and that's all we want as a team. I'm sure the guys will be excited about what's ahead for us," Kohli said.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 152/7 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 50; Anrich Nortje 3/33)
Delhi Capitals: 154/4 in 19 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 54, Ajinkya Rahane 60; Shahbaz Ahmed 2/26)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma