Delhi Capitals have jumped to the top spot after registering an emphatic 59-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. After posting a mammoth 196 runs on the board in the first innings, Delhi Capitals restricted RCB to just 137, thereby winning their 4 fourth game in the tournament.
Once again, openers, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan gave the side a fine start, having reached past the 60-run mark in the first six overs. Prithvi Shaw scored 42 runs off 23 balls, while Shikhar Dhawan amassed 32 off 28 balls as the duo set the foundation for a big total. Skipper, Shreyas Iyer couldn’t replicate his last game’s heroics on Monday. He went cheaply for 11 of 13 balls. Delhi Capitals couldn’t have gone past 190-run mark had Marcus Stonis and Rishabh Pant not put on a great partnership in the latter half of the innings. Playing at a strike rate of 203, Stoinis played a sensational knock of 53 runs off 26 balls, including 6 fours and 2 sixes. His late flourish meant Delhi Capitals put on 196 runs in 20 overs in the first innings.
It was one bad day for Royal Challengers Bangalore, both from the bat as well ball. In form, Devdutt Padikkal went cheaply this time while his compatriot, Aaron Finch too followed soon. Skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with 43 off 39. However, barring him, no other batsmen showed any promise in the middle. A great opening spell from Delhi meant, RCB lost their first three wickets inside power play overs.
Kagiso Rabada-the star of the match- took the most important wicket of Virat Kohli in the fourteenth over and it was a matter of time after that. RCB could only manage to score 137 runs in their 20 overs in the second innings.
Kagiso Rabada exhibited a sensational spell, picking 4 wickets for just 24 in 4 overs.
Delhi Capitals have now taken the top spot with 4 wins in 5 matches, while Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently at third with 3 wins in 5 games.