Delhi Capitals on Monday night defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs as Marcus Stoinis showcased his batting prowess. Kagiso Rabada took four wickets for Delhi Capitals.
Batting first, Delhi Capitals made 196-4 in 20 overs with Stoinis playing a 26-ball 53 knock that included two sixes and six fours. In-form Prithvi Shaw made 42 in 23 balls. Rishabh Pant too made a quickfire 37 in 25 balls.
The RCB’s reply was disastrous as they never looked comfortable in the game. Aside from skipper Virat Kohli’s 43 in 39 balls, no other batsmen were able to rise to the occasion in the face of a spirited bowling attack from the Delhi Capitals bowlers. Kagiso Rabada was in a devastating form as he picked up four wickets by conceding just 24 runs in his quota of four overs. Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje took two wickets each and R Ashwin got the lone wicket of Devdutt Padikkal.
With today’s win, Delhi Capitals have jumped to the top position in the points table by winning four out of their five matches played so far.
Iyer said after the match, “Getting four out of five, I will take that any day. Kudos to the boys. Also the temperament shown in pressure situations. Strategy was to play with freedom and be fearless. We have got good youngsters in our team who are filled with energy. Just that we have to go out and execute our talent and skill. It is really important for us to get good recovery after the games. It is not easy when you are in the bio bubble. We try to get into team activities and get to know each other well. It is really saddening when your senior-most player who has been doing so well misses out. We will miss him, but we have got good replacements as well.”
Reacting to his side’s defeat, Kohli said, “It didn’t go our way. They got off to a great start, in the next eight we pulled them back, but the last chase got away from us. As I said, we need to grab important chances. It is not like we are dropping half chances, but sitters. Again the execution at the end was not spot on. Chris was really close to playing today but he didn’t rally make it. We have four days before the next game so hopefully he will be ready. The good thing is, we have won three out of five. We know we are playing good cricket. We just need to be professional in those big moments. The conversation around chasing has been to have one big partnership. Wtih dew setting in, if you have eight wicket sin hand in the last 10, the game is on even if you need 100 or more. DC are playing some really good cricket. Their batting is fearless. They have got pace, they have got good spinners. I won’t say they are unbeatable, but they will be hard to beat. Against this side, you have to bring your A game. We didn’t tonight.”
Axar Patel was adjudged Man Of The Match for his 2-18 bowling figure.
Scores in Brief:
Delhi Capitals: 196-4 (Marcus Stoinis 53 not out, Mohammed Siraj 2-34)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 137-9 (Virat Kohli 43, Kagiso Rabada 4-24)