RCB WIN BY 1 RUN!
What a thrilling finish to the match! Pant managed to hit the last ball for four but Siraj got the job done for RCB, who return to the top of the table.
19.5: FOUR FOR PANT!
DC need 6 off the last ball. Mohammed Siraj vs Rishabh Pant.
19.4: DC are 162/4
Pant gets to a 50 off 46 but Siraj is bowling a sensational last over for RCB.
After 19 overs, DC are 156/4: FIFTY for Shimron Hetmyer off just 23 balls! He’s got Delhi Capitals right back in this with some clean hitting. Can he finish it off? Eleven runs come from that Harshal Patel over. DC need 14 off 6.
After 18 overs, DC are 147/4: Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer get to a 50-run stand as the latter hits Kyle Jamieson for three sixes in one over! Delhi Capitals need 25 off 12 now.
After 17 overs, DC are 126/4: Ten of that third over by Harshal. Hetmyer managed to hit one over cover for four. RCB will take that though as Delhi need more than one boundary over over.
After 16 overs, DC are 116/4: Dropped! Hetmyer mishit the wide full-toss and Padikkal came running in from long-on but couldn’t hold on. A brilliant over by Jamieson, though, just five singles from it. Delhi need 56 off 24.
After 15 overs, DC are 111/4: Six and four! Siraj returns to the attack and Hetmyer decides to go after him. Delhi need 61 off 30 now.
After 14 overs, DC are 97/4: Washington finishes with figures of 0/28. Delhi need 75 off 36, they don’t have too many balls to waste now.
After 12.4 overs, DC are 92/4: WICKET! Harshal Patel was hit for consecutive fours by Rishabh Pant earlier in the over but he comes back to take Marcus Stoinis’ wicket. It was wide-ish and the right-hander edged it. RCB have ended what was looking like a dangerous partnership. Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman.
After 12 overs, DC are 81/3: Two fours for Stoinis! The right-hander stood still and thumped the ball down the ground both times. Washington conceded 12 in his third over. Delhi need 91 off 48.
After 11 overs, DC are 69/3: Four! Much-needed boundary for Delhi as Stoinis plays a fine sweep off Chahal. Good over for RCB nonetheless, just seven from it.
After 10 overs, DC are 62/3: Pant and Stoinis manage to get nine runs in that Washington over without hitting a boundary. Pant just about survived after stepping out and mishitting it completely. Kohli ran back from cover but the ball fell ahead of him.
After 9 overs, DC are 53/3: Stoinis survives! He stepped out and was struck in front and despite loud appeals from ABD and Maxwell, Chahal didn’t look interested. Kohli took a review anyway and the replay showed the impact was in line and the ball would’ve hit the stumps, but the impact was more than three meters down the pitch. So Stoinis survived and RCB retained the review.
After 7.2 overs, DC are 47/3: WICKET! Harshal Patel strikes with his second ball! That would’ve been a wide but Prithvi Shaw went after it and edged it. RCB are well on top!
After 7 overs, DC are 46/2: Pant survives! He was struck on the front pad by Washington and the umpire raised his finger, but DRS showed a faint edge. A good over for RCB nonetheless, just three singles from it.
After 6 overs, DC are 43/2: Shot! That was a proper sweep by Pant off Daniels for four. Good over for Delhi, nine runs from it. This is a crucial partnership for them.
After 5 overs, DC are 34/2: Top over from Kyle Jamieson, just two singles from it. Delhi have Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant at the crease and need a good partnership.
After 3.3 overs, DC are 28/2: WICKET! A wonderful delivery from Mohammed Siraj! It was angled in and held its line to take Steve Smith’s outside edge. Delhi Capitals are in trouble!
After 2.3 overs, DC are 23/1: WICKET! Big breakthrough for RCB as Kyle Jamieson strikes in his first over. Shikhar Dhawan went wide of the crease and pulled it straight down Yuzvendra Chahal’s throat at fine-leg.
After 2 overs, DC are 23/0: Three fours in Siraj’s first over! The second one went of the pad but the other two were crunched by Shaw. Delhi added 16 runs in that over! Meanwhile, it’s still quite windy out in the middle.
After 1 over, DC are 7/0: Four! Daniel Sams drops it short and Shikhar Dhawan pulls it away with ease.
The players are taking the field now. Play will begin soon.
And we have a sand storm at the venue!
RCB finish with 171/5
AB de Villiers with three sixes in the final over! Rishabh Pant decided to bring in Marcus Stoinis and ABD took full toll. The South African genius remains unbeaten on 75 off 42.
After 19 overs, RCB are 148/5: FIFTY for AB de Villiers! He gets to his second half-century of the season and 40th overall in the IPL off 35 balls. Meanwhile, Avesh Khan finishes with fine figures of 1/24.
After 18 overs, RCB are 139/5: WICKET! Washington Sundar never really looked settled at the crease and he’s caught and bowled by Kagiso Rabada. ABD is still at the crease and a LOT depends on how he goes in the last two overs. He got his second six of this innings in this over with a thumping pull.
After 17 overs, RCB are 128/4: Stunning over from Avesh Khan! He returns to the attack and concedes just four singles in his third over. He has figures of 1/15 at the moment (which includes the wicket of Virat Kohli).
After 16 overs, RCB are 124/4: Shot! All class from AB de Villiers there. Kagiso Rabada landed it on the crease but it was slightly wide, ABD stayed low and opened the face of his bat at just the right moment to guide it through backward point and short-third for four.
After 14.5 overs, RCB are 114/4: WICKET! Rajat Patidar was looking good but he’s caught by Steve Smith at long-on. Axar Patel gets his first. Meanwhile, 5000 runs in the IPL for AB de Villiers. He’s the sixth overall and second overseas player (after David Warner) to get there. Axar finishes with figures of 1/33 from his four overs.
After 14 overs, RCB are 105/3: Six! Ishant starts his third over well but then decides to bowl one short, Patidar sees it early and hooks it comfortably for a maximum. Good over for RCB, 11 from it.
After 13 overs, RCB are 94/3: Good, tight over for Delhi by Axar. He attacked the stumps and didn’t allow the two right-handers to have a swing.
After 12 overs, RCB are 87/3: De Villiers gets his first boundary! Rabada returns to the attack and bowls one short and wide, ABD stays still and slaps it through cover and mid-off for four.
After 11 overs, RCB are 79/3: Shot! Patidar takes a big stride out, lets the ball turn and hits it straight back for a six. Mishra concedes 11 runs in his third over.
After 10 overs, RCB are 68/3: Tidy over by Axar Patel. Bangalore have Rajat Patidar and AB de Villiers at the crease now. They’ll want to up the ante soon.
After 8.3 overs, RCB are 60/3: WICKET! Amit Mishra was hit for a six by Glenn Maxwell in his previous over but he had no hesitation is tossing it up again. This time Maxwell slogged it straight to Steve Smith at long-on.
After 8 overs, RCB are 57/2: Another six! This time Axar lands it in the slot and Maxwell hits it over long-on with ease. Not much turn on offer for the spinners as of now. Ten runs from that over.
After 7 overs, RCB are 47/2: Six! Amit Mishra joins the attack, tosses his fifth ball into the slot and Maxwell goes bang straight back. Eleven runs from that over.
After 6 overs, RCB are 36/2: Maxwell crunches one past cover for four but another good over by Avesh nonetheless, just six runs from it. Delhi will surely be the happier team at the end of the powerplay.
After 5 overs, RCB are 30/2: Wicket-maiden from Ishant Sharma! Terrific bowling from the senior pro in his first match of the season. Bangalore have Rajat Patidar and Glenn Maxwell at the crease now.
After 4.1 overs, RCB are 30/2: WICKET! Delhi Capitals have struck with consecutive deliveries! This time Ishant Sharma bowls a peach to rattle the in-form Devdutt Padikkal’s stumps.
After 4 overs, RCB are 30/1: WICKET! Avesh Khan gives Delhi Capitals a huge breakthrough in his first over! Virat Kohli tries to guide it to third-man but chops it on.
After 3 overs, RCB are 25/0: Dropped! Padikkal mistimed it but the ball went really high, Axar ran back from mid-on but couldn’t get a hand to it. Ishant dropped the next ball short and Padikkal pulled it fine for four. That missed opportunity could prove to be costly for DC.
After 2 overs, RCB are 16/0: Vintage Kohli! Rabada drifts onto the pads and Kohli uses his bottom hand to whip it past the vacant mid-wicket region for four. Padikkal, too, flicked one for four earlier. Ten runs from that over.
After 1 over, RCB are 6/0: Ishant starts well and beats Padikkal’s outside edge off consecutive deliveries, but the left-hander fights back with a confident drive over point for four.
7.30 pm: Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal are out in the middle for RCB. Ishant Sharma has the new ball in hand for DC. A spot at the top of the table is up for grabs. Here we go!
DC vs RCB head-to-head
|Mat||DC wins||RCB wins||NR|
Here’s some pre-match reading for you:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (w), Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Steven Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan.
DC: Ishant Sharma comes in place of R Ashwin.
RCB: Daniel Sams and Rajat Patidar replace Navdeep Saini and Dan Christian.
TOSS: Rishabh Pant has won the toss and Delhi Capitals will bowl first.
Previous match results of DC and RCB:
Sunrisers Hyderabad lose a Super Over thriller to Delhi Capitals
Jadeja’s all-round show takes CSK to the top of table, hands RCB their first loss
IPL 2021 points table ahead of DC vs RCB
6.45 pm: Hello and welcome to live coverage of match No 22 of Indian Premier League 2021. Tonight, Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals take on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad.