Dasher teamed up with Maxwell to create the target light
In dress rehearsals before the play-offs, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers wanted to break the rough edges of Bangalore, and the latter seemed to have succeeded in that count. In Dubai on Friday night, Virat Kohli’s men pulled the last ball thriller to end their league out on a winning note.
Given the form Glenn Maxwell has been in this season, it was hardly surprising that he continued to chase his team again with an unbeaten 51 (8×4) from 33 teams. But the man of the match was a brilliant S Bharat (;; 52b; xx4; xx6), who scored the winning run, hitting six off the last ball off Avesh Khan to give RCB a seven-wicket win.
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Needing 15 runs in the last over, RCB were heading for their second narrow loss in a row, but a wide from the young pacer was the only invitation to India. Needing five runs for the last ball, India tossed the bat perfectly in the toss, which cleared the ropes.
When the team rallied indefinitely at 55/3 in the 10th over, the two were engaged in an uninterrupted 111-run stand to watch their team.
Delhi occupied for the better part of the competition and the loss was their own. Maxwell has flirted with danger on multiple occasions. The Australians were beaten twice in the 14th over by Akshar Patel. At first, Shreyas Iyer dropped a sitter and then R Ashwin dropped a catch with a clumsy dive to the little thirdman. Delhi has paid a high price for these missed opportunities.
Earlier, RCB made a terrible start, losing openers Devdutt Parikal (0) and Kohli (4) in the third over. The pedicle failed to read the short ball from Nortze and dismissed Ashwin in the third man. RCB captain Kohli was also guilty of a soft dismissal because he called Kagiso Rabada Unrich Nortje (2/224) during mid-on. India and AB de Villiers (2) then brought some stability to the RCB charge.
Sha-Dhawan show
When the worthy batsmen of Prithvi Shaw (48; 31b; 4×4; 2×6) and Shikhar Dhawan (43, 35b, 3×4; 2×6) go ahead, even a standard bowling attack fights for success. RCB has experience. The opening combination of the Delhi Capitals, which failed to make the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup, helped their team after 164/5 with its 88-run position and a late attack by Shimron Hetmeyer.
With the decision to bowl with an unchanged team, Kohli decided to open with Maxwell’s off spin. But the move did not give the wicket early. Herschelle Patel, the highest wicket-taker of the current season, has brought RCB a landmark success that they have been waiting for. A slow cut stopped Dhawan from being at the crease as he tried to pick up the ball but skied Dan Christian in the extra cover.


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