KS Bharat (78 off 52) and Glenn Maxwell (51 off 33) hit fantastic fifties to steer Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 7 wicket victory over table-toppers Delhi Capitals in the 56th match of IPL 2021 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, here on Friday.
With this win, Virat Kohli led RCB finished the league stage with 18 points in 14 matches. They will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator in Sharjah on October 11.
Riding on some fine knocks by Prithvi Shaw (48 off 31) and Shikhar Dhawan (43 off 35), Delhi Capitals posted a total of 164/5 in 20 overs.
Chasing a target of 165 runs for victory, Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal were dismissed cheaply within three overs with Anrich Nortje dismissing the two openers. Things looked worrisome for RCB when Axar Patel dismissed AB de Villiers, who played a small cameo of 26 runs.
But KS Bharat (78 off 52) and Glenn Maxwell (51 off 33) stitched an unbeaten 111-run stand as RCB gunned down a 165-run target in a last-ball thriller. With five needed from the last delivery, Bharat held his nerve and smashed a six straight over the head of Avesh Khan, who bowled a wide ball, to seal an incredible victory for RCB.
Earlier, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi Capitals a solid start. The duo played some glorious shots and took Delhi Capitals to 55/0 after 6 overs. Even after the powerplay, Dhawan and Shaw were steady in the middle, scoring occasional boundaries and rotating the strike.
Harshal Patel finally gave Bangalore their first breakthrough as he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for 43. Skipper Pant joined Shaw in the middle after Dhawan’s departure.
In the next over, Prithvi Shaw played a slog sweep off Yuzvendra Chahal towards mid-wicket for the maximum but the leg-spinner had the last laugh as he got rid of the DC opener a few deliveries later. Shaw departed for 48, leaving DC to 101 for 2 at 11.2 overs.
Pant (10) didn’t have a good outing with the bat and he was dismissed by Daniel Christian, who has been among the wickets in the tournaments.
After losing the wickets of Dhawan, Shaw, and Pant in short intervals, Delhi was in a spot of bother. It was Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer’s responsibility to bat sensibly and bring DC back in the game, however, RCB bowlers didn’t allow the Delhi batters to score freely and forced them to take chances.
To give impetus to Delhi’s innings, Iyer tried to go for a maximum but mistimed a slow one from Siraj, getting caught by Christian. Iyer added 35 runs with Hetmyer for the 4th wicket before getting out in the 18th over.
In the last two overs, Shimron Hetmyer dealt heavy blows with the bat, scoring 29 runs in 22 balls. Hetmyer was dismissed in the final ball of the innings but he along with Ripal Patel (7) took Delhi Capitals to 164/5 in 20 overs.
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With the Brazilian and Argentinian players lining up for national anthems, the camera turned towards the stands as a section of rival fans exchanged blows. The local police officials could be seen beating up a section of Argentinian fans with batons and it did not go well with the tourists. By pointing at the violent scenes, Messi and co. decided to walk off the pitch.
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Pakistan cricket fans were left ruing their luck at the toss as it fell in England’s favour at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. With Jos Buttler winning the toss marking the end of Pakistan’s campaign at the showpiece event, netizens have relentlessly trolled Babar Azam and his men for losing the contest at the toss.
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As things stand, the target for Pakistan will get bigger and the overs will keep diminishing. Pakistan fans were already irked as Babar was excluded among the list of captains during the light show at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday. It’s worth noting that Pakistan haven’t qualified for the 50-over World Cup semi-finals since the 2011 edition.
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CWC 2023: South Africa vs Australia Semi-Final To Be Shifted To Mumbai If Pakistan Reach Knockouts, Confirm ICC Sources
The ODI World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia will be shifted to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if Pakistan qualify for the knockouts, sources in the International Cricket Council confirmed to the Free Press Journal on Thursday.
If Pakistan manage to reach the semis then they will face arch-rivals India once again in this tournament. In that case, the semi-final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 15.
But if Pakistan don’t reach the semis then India will face either New Zealand or Afghanistan in Mumbai and South Africa will take on Australia in Kolkata as per the original schedule.India are scheduled to play their semifinal match in Mumbai only if they don’t face Pakistan. The Men in Green have refused to play in Mumbai due to security reasons.
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But Pakistan’s qualification depends on the result of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka which is being played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
If New Zealand manage to beat Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin then Pakistan’s qualification will take a hit even if they defeat England in their last league game. A loss against the defending champions in Kolkata on November 11 will automatically knockout Pakistan from the race for the semis.
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