Indian Premier League, 2021
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Date & Time: 27 April 2021
RR: 8.5 | Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Capitals by 1 run
That is it from this game! Bangalore move to the top of the points table for the moment. Delhi will be heartbroken but can take a lot of positives from this loss. The action continues on Wednesday, 28th April. As Chennai will look to regain the top spot as they take on struggling Hyderabad. That game begins at 1930 local (1400 GMT). Make sure you join us for that game. Till then, goodbye and take care!
For his sublime innings and the knock that was the difference between the two sides, AB de Villiers is named the Player of the Match! De Villiers first talks about his best shot. Tells that while the one over extra cover was a good one but he enjoyed the one over mid-wicket off Rabada was his best one. Adds that he hardly manages to get him away so he is happy. Tells that it is important to be fresh for every game. Adds that he worked hard at home and in the hotel room during the quarantine. Tells it is all about being fresh and managing yourself. Feels that they have a few experienced players in the side and young Indian bowlers who have done really well in international cricket. Adds that these players come with a lot of confidence and he along with Virat and Maxwell try to help them with whatever they could.
Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli says that he did feel that the game was getting away from them but praises Siraj for bowling that fine last over. Feels they could've done a few things better and the game would not have gone this far. Says that they lost two quick wickets. Praises the knocks from Patidar, Maxwell, and de Villiers. Tells that they felt 160-165 was a par total on this wicket. Smiles and says that they thought there would be dew but there wasn't any. Tells that Maxwell is their 7th bowling option this time around and adds that bowling is their standout feature. Virat says that when you captain for so long, you do feel pressure but adds that he goes with the guts of the bowler. Praises de Villiers and mentions that de Villiers has not played any competeitve cricket for 5 months but keeps producing knocks like these.
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Earlier in the evening, Bangalore were put to bat. They were in a spot of bother as they kept losing wickets regularly and none of the batters could convert the start. But AB de Villiers once again enhanced his reputation of being a superhuman. His unbeaten 75 off just 42 balls, including 23 off the final over propelled them to 172, a target that was marginally enough.
The hero of the final over, Mohammed Siraj is up for a chat. He says that his yorker was going good and he executed it. Adds that he did not think double mind as he was clear with his plan to execute the yorker. Mentions that playing Test matches has increased his confidence. Further says that he has learnt a lot from Bumrah and Ishant Sharma during the Test series.
Rishabh Pant, Delhi skipper, says that he is disappointed that they lost this match. Adds that Bangalore scored 10-15 runs more. Mentions that the spinners were not getting help in the end overs and that is why he gave Stoinis the last over of the innings. Further says that they will learn from this game and Hetmyer played brilliantly.
A look at Siraj's figure would make it look like he had a torrid game but he was brilliant especially in the final over, defending 13, he did an impeccable job to win the game for his side. Harshal Patel was once again amongst the wickets as he finished with a brace. Siraj and Jamieson grabbed one each. The latter was brilliant in his first three overs but was taken to the cleaners in his final over. Sundar and Chahal went wicketless but were economical. Kohli will be happy that his bowlers have once again delivered and won the game for them!
Chasing 173, Delhi did not get off to a good start as Dhawan and Smith both departed in the Powerplay. Shaw was looking good but failed to convert his start. Stoinis too failed to kick off after getting a start. With 81 needed off 44 balls, it looked like Delhi were out of it. Pant was struggling to time the ball and Hetmyer hadn't batted much this season. Hetmyer though came back to haunt his former side. His 53 off 25 almost snatched the victory from Bangalore but Pant, unfortunately, could not do the job in the final over as Delhi failed by just a mere run.
What a final over from Siraj! You little genius! He has come leaps and bounds and bowled a tremendous final over to win the game for Bangalore. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and Siraj is certainly the man for Bangalore this season. So close but yet so far for Delhi! They fought till the end but that was just not enough. Valiant effort from Hetmyer but it just was not enough.
14 needed off the last over. Sams or Siraj? Who will Virat Kohli go to? It will be Mohammed Siraj!
25 needed in 12 balls. Who will bowl the penultimate over? It will be Harshal Patel!
Who will bowl now? Will Kohli bowl out Kyle Jamieson? Yes he will!
Harshal Patel to bowl the 17th over. 2/16 from his two overs so far.
Strategic Time-Out! Bangalore are in pole position in this game but Delhi are certainly not out of it. They need 56 in 24 balls but have two players who can hit the ball a mile. Captain Rishabh Pant has been patient so far but will now have to change gears. Hetmyer has played 12 deliveries and done well. Can this pair take Delhi over the line? Bangalore were poor in the death in their last game but before that have been impressive, can they deliver under pressure?
Change in bowling. Kyle Jamieson is back on!
Change in bowling. Mohammed Siraj is back for his third over.
Former Bangalore player, Shimron Hetmyer walks out to bat.
Harshal Patel is back on.
STRATEGIC TIME-OUT! Bangalore have been good with the ball till now. They have taken 3 wickets and put pressure on Delhi. On the other hand, Delhi started well but lost Dhawan early. Smith also did not last long. Pant and Shaw were building a partnership but Shaw played a poor shot and Harshal Patel got his wicket. Washington Sundar is back on.
Review time! An appeal for lbw! Marcus Stoinis is the man in question. Ultra Edge shows there is no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows that it is umpire's call.
Yuzvendra Chahal is on.
Marcus Stoinis is the new batsman in.
Harshal Patel is into the attack.
Review time! An appeal for lbw! Rishabh Pant is the man in question. Ultra Edge shows there is a spike on it when the ball passes the bat. So Pant survives and Delhi retain their review.
Washington Sundar is on.
Skipper, Rishabh Pant walks out to bat now.
Steven Smith walks out at number 3!
Who will bowl from the other end?