Delhi Daredevils lost yet another game, this time to Royal Challengers Bangalore and after this, they are officially ruled out from this year’s IPL. AB de Villiers won the ‘Man of the Match’ for his knock of 72* off just 37 deliveries which helped RCB win by 5 wickets.
The match started after RCB won the toss and opted to field, making just a single change in their playing XI as Sarfaraz Khan came back in place of Manan Vohra. DD, on the other hand made three changes where three of them made their IPL debut. Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Nadeem and Liam Plunkett made in way for Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane and Junior Dala.
Yuzvendra Chahal started extremely well for RCB as took the wickets of both the DD openers in his first two overs. After them, just as usual Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant steadily engaged in a partnership. While Iyer got out after playing a slow knock of 32 runs in 35 balls, Pant went on to yet another fifty.
Young Abhishek Sharma’s quick fire 46 runs off 19 balls at a strike rate of 242.11 helped DD to post a good total of 181/4 on the board at the end of their 20 overs. Chahal (4-0-28-2) and Moeen Ali (4-0-25-1) were the only two economical bowlers for RCB while rest all other bowlers conceded around 10 runs per over.
DD started extremely well with the ball as they got wickets of both the RCB openers inside three overs. But after them, Virat Kohli (70) and de Villiers (72*) took the match away from Daredevils. A ray of hope arouse when DD got the wicket of Kohli in the 14th over but de Villiers at the other hand ensured a win for RCB.
Debutante Lamichhane had a great outing as he was the most economical bowler for DD with his match figures of 4-0-25-1. DD, though posted a good total on the board but when you have batsmen like Kohli and de Villiers in the opponent team, then no target is secure.
With this win, Bangalore’s little hopes for qualifying for the playoffs are still alive, provided that they win remaining all of their matches. Their fortunes will also depend on the results of other teams as well.