Disciplined DC bowlers restrict RCB to a below par score.
It was a do or die game at Abudhabi for both sides to get a spot in the playoffs. For starters DC skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and asked RCB to bat first. RCB openers struggled to get going in the powerplay. Philippe 12(17) had another disappointing game as he struggled to up the run rate. Virat and Padikkal added 50+ run stand but they looked tentative. Virat 29(24) eventually got out to Ashwin. De Villiers and Padikkal 50(41) then tried to up the run rate but Padikkal got bowled by a beauty from Nortje. Morris got a promotion in the batting order but got out for a duck. But De Villiers was still out there and he was joined by Dubey. Both played few big shots to help RCB cross the 150 run mark. RCB finished at 152/7. Nortje and Rabada picked 3/33 and 2/30.
Senior pro’s Dhawan and Rahane put on a show.
Chasing 153 in a do or die game was never easy as DC lost Shaw 9(6) early. But the senior duo of Dhawan and Rahane took DC close to the target with a 80+ run partnership. Both played some classy shots in their partnership but couldn’t stay till the end. Dhawan finished at 54(41) and Rahane got out at 60(46). Both flourished trying to sweep the spinners. Shreyas Iyer came in at 4 but lasted only for 9 balls scoring 7 runs. At once it looked like DC will win with few overs to spare. But few late strikes by RCB took the game deeper. For DC Stoinis 10(5) and Pant 8(7) finished the match with an over to spare. Shabaz Ahmed picked 2/26 for RCB.
With this do or die game victory DC have qualified to the playoffs with 16 points and they will face MI in the 1st Qualifier match. Although RCB lost but yet they managed to qualify to playoffs as they had a better run rate then KKR. They will face KKR/SRH in the eliminator match.
RCB 152/7 Padikkal 50(41), De Villiers 35(21) Nortje 3/33, Rabada 2/30
DC 154/4 Rahane 60(46), Dhawan 54(41) Shabaz 2/26,Sundar 1/24