Indian Premier League, 2021

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals - Match 56

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 08 October 2021

Royal Challengers Bangalore 166/3

RR: 8.3 | Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Capitals by 7 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Virat Kohli c Kagiso Rabada & b Anrich Nortjec Kagiso Rabada & b Anrich Nortje4800
Devdutt Padikkal c Ravichandran Ashwin & b Anrich Nortjec Ravichandran Ashwin & b Anrich Nortje0100
Srikar Bharat not out not out 785234
AB de Villiers c Shreyas Iyer & b Axar Patelc Shreyas Iyer & b Axar Patel262621
Glenn Maxwell not out not out 513380
Shahbaz Ahmed
Dan Christian
George Garton
Harshal Patel
Mohammed Siraj
Yuzvendra Chahal
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 2, w 5, nb 0)
Total 166 (3 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
3-1 (Devdutt Padikkal,0.5), 6-2 (Virat Kohli,2.1), 55-3 (AB de Villiers,9.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Anrich Nortje4 0 24 2 6.00
Avesh Khan4 0 31 0 7.75
Axar Patel4 0 39 1 9.75
Kagiso Rabada4 0 37 0 9.25
Ravichandran Ashwin1 0 11 0 11.00
Ripal Patel3 0 22 0 7.33
Prithvi Shaw0 0 0 0 0
Shikhar Dhawan0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant 0 0 0 0 0
Shimron Hetmyer0 0 0 0 0

Right then. That spells the end of the group stages in the Indian T20 League, 2021. We now know for sure which 4 teams have qualified for the playoffs - Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, and Kolkata. Qualifier 1 will be contested between the top two sides, which will be Delhi and Chennai, and it will be played on Sunday, 10th October 2021 at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT), but, you know the drill, don't you? Join us early for the build-up. Until then, cheers and see ya! 

SRIKAR BHARAT HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH! Who else could it have been? What a top knock from him and he is the reason that Bangalore have won this. Well deserved. 

Delhi will be very, very disappointed that they have not ended up on the winning side. The game looked to be in control for them when they removed de Villiers, but fate has something else in store for them as Bharat and Maxwell tore through their bowlers and scripted home a famous victory. They started well as three wickets were taken in a timely manner with Anrich Nortje bowling very well and taking 2 early wickets. Avesh Khan, too, just conceded 4 runs in his first spell. But, then, they could not contain and break the stand between the two champs. Over-after-over, the duo of Bharat and Maxwell kept upping the ante and the Delhi bowlers could not find a way to stop them. Their fielding has to be questioned too as they dropped the catch of Maxwell. Had that catch been taken, the story might have been very different. It seemed like the pressure got to Khan towards the end too, as with 6 needed off the final ball, he first served a wide, and then, bowled a full toss, which made it easier for Bharat to dispatch. 

Bangalore started off in dismal fashion as they lost their openers inside the first 3 overs. A golden duck for Devdutt Padikkal and skipper, Virat Kohli failed to get going again. AB de Villiers was sent up the order and he took time to settle in, but with Bharat, he stitched a 49-run stand, but, while looking for a biggie, de Villiers holed out. The responsibility to take Bangalore home fell on the duo of Srikar Bharat and Glenn Maxwell. They took their time and played calmly for a couple of overs, but, they turned the switch soon after. Both of them started taking the bowlers on. Bharat got to his fifty and Maxwell supported him superbly. Life was injected into the run chase again and both kept the required rate in check. A 100-run alliance was stitched between these two and the game went to the last over. With 5 needed off the last ball, it looked like Bangalore would fall short but Bharat had other plans as he spanked the final delivery over the boundary ropes to help Bangalore win by 7 wickets. 

WOW! What a game we have been treated to! A humdinger between the top placed team and the team that was placed 3rd. The game went right down to the wire, right to the last ball of the game, and Bharat kept his nerve and took his team past the line. Sure, it does not matter in the grand scheme of the tournament but with both these teams making the playoffs, it will surely be a psychological boost for Bangalore. Take a bow, Srikar Bharat! What a champion knock! 

19.6
6
Avesh Khan to Srikar Bharat, SIX! WOW, JUST WOW! What a finish to this match! Srikar Bharat hits a biggie on the last ball to take his team through! Khan serves a full toss, on middle. Srikar Bharat lofts it high in the night sky and the ball goes just over the long on fielder for a maximum! BANGALORE WIN THE MATCH BY 7 WICKETS!
19.6
0
Avesh Khan to Srikar Bharat, Wide! Khan errs in his line and length. A full toss, way down leg. Wide called! 5 runs needed from the last ball! Who will keep his nerve? Avesh Khan or Srikar Bharat?
19.5
2
Avesh Khan to Srikar Bharat, A yorker, around off. Srikar Bharat digs it out to long on and the fielder there fumbles and concedes one extra run. 6 needed off one ball! 
19.4
0
Avesh Khan to Srikar Bharat, Swing and a miss! A DOT BALL! Full ball, outside off. Srikar Bharat looks to slog but he misses.

Review time! Rishabh Pant takes the review for this appeal for LBW against Maxwell. Nothing on UltraEdge as per the replays. Ball Tracker shows that the ball had pitched outside leg. Will be not out. 

19.3
0
Avesh Khan to Glenn Maxwell, NOT OUT! Leg bye! A yorker, down leg. Glenn Maxwell looks to heave it away but he misses and gets hit low on his pads. Avesh Khan appeals but the umpire says no. Rishabh Pant opts for the review! The Ball Tracker shows that the ball pitched outside leg and Delhi lose their review!
19.2
2
Avesh Khan to Glenn Maxwell, Glenn Maxwell brings up his fifty! Good-length ball, outside off. Maxwell drags it to wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
19.1
4
Avesh Khan to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! BANG! Slower ball, on a length, outside off. Glenn Maxwell gets under it and drives it past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary. 11 needed off 5 balls! 
18.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Srikar Bharat, Swing and a miss! Full toss, outside off. Srikar Bharat slashes at it but fails to get any bat on it. 15 runs needed off the last over!
18.5
1
Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, Short ball, around off. Glenn Maxwell moves across and looks to pull but fails to middle it and the ball goes towards deep square leg. Bangalore get to 150! A single taken!
18.4
1
Anrich Nortje to Srikar Bharat, Well bowled! Full and wide. Srikar Bharat digs it out to cover. The batters take a run.
18.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, Short of a length, around off. Glenn Maxwell drags it to deep mid-wicket and takes a run.
18.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, Play and a miss! Back of a length, outside off. Glenn Maxwell looks to slash hard but he misses.
18.1
1
Anrich Nortje to Srikar Bharat, Good-length ball, around off. Srikar Bharat punches it to cover and takes a quick single.

Anrich Nortje to bowl the penultimate over. 3-0-20-2 are his figures so far. 

17.6
4
Avesh Khan to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! There is the boundary that Bangalore were looking for! Khan bangs it into the deck, outside off. Maxwell looks to cut but it goes off the top edge and the ball flies over the keeper for a boundary. 19 runs needed from 12 balls.
17.5
1
Avesh Khan to Srikar Bharat, Back of a length, outside off. Srikar Bharat heaves it to mid-wicket for a single.
17.4
2
Avesh Khan to Srikar Bharat, Length ball, outside off. Srikar Bharat gets under it and whips it to wide of long on for another couple.
17.3
2
Avesh Khan to Srikar Bharat, Full ball, around off. Srikar Bharat drills it past the bowler and collects a couple of runs.
17.2
2
Avesh Khan to Srikar Bharat, EDGY! A length ball, around off. Srikar Bharat looks to run it down to third man but it takes the inside edge and the ball goes towards Kagiso Rabada at fine leg. Two taken!
17.1
1
Avesh Khan to Glenn Maxwell, Back of a length, on leg. Maxwell tucks it to fine leg for a run.

Avesh Khan returns into the attack. He has given only 4 runs off his 2 overs so far. 

16.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, A full toss, on off. Glenn Maxwell drills it to long on and takes a single. 31 runs needed from 18 balls.
16.5
1
Kagiso Rabada to Srikar Bharat, Clever batting from Bharat! Good-length ball, around off. Srikar Bharat pushes it to cover for a run.
16.4
6
Kagiso Rabada to Srikar Bharat, SIX! SMASHED! A slower ball, on a length, just outside off. Srikar Bharat tonks it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum!
16.3
2
Kagiso Rabada to Srikar Bharat, Length ball, outside off. Srikar Bharat looks to go over cover but it goes off the outer half of the bat to wide of third man for a couple.
16.2
1
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, Slower ball, on a length, outside off. Glenn Maxwell hits it to mid off and collects a run.
16.1
4
Kagiso Rabada to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! Nicely done! Full ball, on middle and leg. Maxwell whips it towards deep square leg for a boundary.

Strategic Time-Out! What a game this is turning out to be. It looked like Delhi have choked Bangalore out of this game with their bowling in the middle overs, but the duo of Bharat and Maxwell have cut loose and have had a couple of great last 4-5 overs. Now, they need 46 more in the last 4 overs and would be looking to go hard and win their final group game. Delhi have a fantastic death bowling assortment that includes Nortje, Khan, and Rabada. Let's see where this game goes. Kagiso Rabada (3-0-22-0) is back into the attack. 

15.6
1
Ripal Patel to Glenn Maxwell, Good-length ball, around off. Glenn Maxwell miscues his heave towards long on. The batters take a run. 46 runs needed off 24 balls.
15.5
4
Ripal Patel to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! WHACKED! Slower ball, shorter in length, outside off. Glenn Maxwell sees the width, stands tall and smokes it over cover for a boundary.
15.4
1
Ripal Patel to Srikar Bharat, Back of a length, outside off. Srikar Bharat cuts it to sweeper cover for one.
15.4
0
Ripal Patel to Srikar Bharat, Wide! Patel spills this one down leg. Srikar Bharat lets it be. Wided!
15.3
1
Ripal Patel to Glenn Maxwell, In the air...safe! Maxwell survives! Length ball, around off. Glenn Maxwell looks to play the reverse-sweep but it goes off the toe end and the ball goes just over Anrich Nortje at point. One taken!
15.2
1
Ripal Patel to Srikar Bharat, Short of a length, around off. Srikar Bharat flat-bats it to long on for a run.
15.1
2
Ripal Patel to Srikar Bharat, Excellent running! Srikar Bharat brings up his fifty! Length ball, on leg. Bharat tucks it to wide of long on for a couple of runs.

Change. Ripal Patel comes back on. 

14.6
4
Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! That brings up the 50-run stand between these two as well! Maxwell has decided to turn it on! Around off, on a length, Glenn Maxwell camps back and spanks this one through mid-wicket. The ball speeds away to the ropes. 12 off the over. 57 needed in the last 30 balls! 
14.5
1
Anrich Nortje to Srikar Bharat, Direct hit would have had him! Slower ball, on middle and off, Bharat knocks this to mid-wicket and takes off for a run. The man has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Had he hit, Srikar Bharat would be running back to the shed. 
14.4
2
Anrich Nortje to Srikar Bharat, Outside off, on a length, Srikar Bharat guides this one through backward point. The man at third man runs to his right and stops the ball. The batters collect two. 
14.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, Around off, Glenn Maxwell pulls this to the left of mid-wicket for one. 
14.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, Short this time, on middle, Glenn Maxwell makes room and looks to cut it away but misses. 
14.1
4
Anrich Nortje to Glenn Maxwell, MISFIELD AND FOUR! The work out on the field in the last over has been very poor. A short ball, on middle and leg, Glenn Maxwell gets inside the line and powers this towards the fine leg region. Prithvi Shaw runs to his right, but lets the ball past him to the ropes. 

Anrich Nortje (2-0-8-2) comes back into the attack.

13.6
1
Axar Patel to Glenn Maxwell, DROPPED BY ASHWIN NOW! Glenn Maxwell is handed two lives. Can this come back and harm Delhi? This is bowled slightly fuller, around off, Glenn Maxwell swings across the line and only manages an outside edge. The ball goes ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin at short third man, who dives forward but drops a dolly. 11 off this one. 69 needed in 36 balls!