Despite the win RCB have finished third on the points table and will now face KKR in the Eliminator on Monday.
Here are the key highlights from the match:
Dhawan, Shaw got off to an excellent start (DC 88/0 at halfway mark): Put in to bat, Delhi Capitals openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan gave their team a solid start and formed an 88-run stand for the opening wicket. Shaw fell two runs short of his half-century, scoring 48 off 31 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes, before being dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal. The experienced left-hander Dhawan contributed 43 runs off 35 balls. His knock was studded with 3 fours and 2 sixes. At the halfway mark DC were 88-0.
RCB hit back with 3 wickets in 3 overs: The highest-wicket-taker of IPL 2021 so far, Harshal Patel, got the first breakthrough for Delhi Capitals when he sent the well-settled Dhawan back for 43 runs and then Chahal struck in the next over to show dangerous Shaw (48) the way back to the pavillion. Daniel Christian didn’t allow the No. 3 batsman Rishabh Pant to settle in the middle and dismissed him for a paltry 10 in his first over. Three wickets in three overs by RCB were enough to put the brakes on DC’s run rate.
Hetmyer lifted Delhi to 164: The swashbuckling Shimron Hetmyer came in and produced some fireworks in the death overs, scoring 29 off 22 balls, to take DC to a challenging 164 for 5. The left-hander hit 2 boundaries and as many maximums in his 22-ball stay.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE INNINGS:
RCB chase got off to a poor start: Chasing DC’s 164, RCB were off to a shaky start. Anrich Nortje gave DC a dream start as he removed Devdutt Padikkal for a golden duck and then got the prized wicket of RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who scored just 4. RCB lost two of their star batsmen with just 6 runs on the board in the 3rd over.
Maxwell survived twice in one over (14th) and his partnership with KS Bharat kept RCB in the chase: Glenn Maxwell got two lifelines in Axar’s fourth and last over. He was batting on 6 when Shreyas Iyer dropped a sitter at deep mid-wicket and then Ashwin spilled a catch at short third man in the last ball of Axar’s over. The two chances cost DC heavily as the man-in-form went on to score an unbeaten 51 off 33 balls to take RCB to a magnificent win.
The other star with the bat for RCB was wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat who scored 78* off 52 and formed a match-winning unbeaten 111 run stand with Maxwell for the fourth wicket.
With 5 needed off the last ball, Bharat hit a six to seal a 7-wicket win for RCB: DC though didn’t let RCB run away with the match. Virat Kohli’ s team needed 5 off the last ball for a win. 4 runs were needed to take the game into a super over, but KS Bharat kept his cool, went right back into the crease, and whacked the ball over Avesh Khan’s head for a six to seal the deal for RCB. A glorious shot that will be remembered for a while, as the RCB camp burst into celebration.