The Capitals never allowed RCB to get away in the run-chase, bowling dots and picking up wickets.
Delhi Capitals (DC) have managed to get back to the top of the points table in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). The team, led by Shreyas Iyer, thumped the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 59 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Apart from losing the toss, very few aspects went against the Capitals. To begin with, Iyer’s men racked up a significant 196 for four in 20 overs. While defending the colossal score, DC never dropped their guard. Rather they turned the screws on the RCB batters, picking up regular wickets and bowling dots.
Barring Virat Kohli, none of the Challengers’ batsmen could make an impact. In fact, even Kohli played a strike-rate of 110.25, depicting RCB’s lacklustre show. Even with the defeat, RCB stayed at the third position in the table.
Here are the DC Player Ratings for the RCB vs DC match: –
Prithvi Shaw- 9/10
Prithvi Shaw started off in a stupendous manner, finding the boundary with sheer authority. It was because of him that the Capitals were able to accumulate 63 runs in the mandatory powerplay. In 23 balls, Shaw notched 42 runs with five fours and two sixes. Mohammed Siraj got rid of the opener.
Shikhar Dhawan- 7.5/10
Shikhar Dhawan had his travails in the middle and also smashed three fours. But in his 28-ball stay, the southpaw could only manage 32 runs at a strike-rate of 114.28. Dhawan eventually perished to pacer Isuru Udana. The batsman tried to clear the long on region, but holed out to Moeen Ali.
Shreyas Iyer- 4.5/10
Shreyas Iyer started his knock with a four, but couldn’t replicate what he did against the Knight Riders. The DC captain could only get 11 runs off 13 balls. The right-hander tried to break the shackles but holed out to Devdutt Padikkal, who took a decent jugglery catch at deep mid-wicket.
Rishabh Pant- 8.5/10
Rishabh Pant found it tough to time the ball in the first-half of his innings, straining to notch even a run-a-ball for around 15 balls. However, he found his mojo and ended with 37 runs off 25 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Siraj castled him when the batsman went for an ugly hoick.
Marcus Stoinis- 9.5/10
Marcus Stoinis came out with intent and gave the impetus the DC innings needed at the death. He racked up his second fifty of this IPL off 24 balls and ended with 53 crucial runs off 26 balls at a strike-rate of 203.84. His knock was laced with six scorching fours and a couple of over-boundaries.
Shimron Hetmyer- 6.5/10
Shimron Hetmyer hasn’t had much to do with the bat in the tournament. Even on Monday, he didn’t get much of a chance with the willow in hand. He came to bat in the 19th over and scored 11 vital runs off seven balls. The West Indies batter clobbered a six over mid-wicket to show his brute force.
Axar Patel- 9.5/10
Axar Patel has been one of DC’s silent performers in this IPL and rarely has he disappointed with his left-arm spin. In his four overs, he gave away only 18 runs and bowled as many as 10 dots. To start with, he got rid of Aaron Finch in the fourth over after which he sent Moeen Ali back to the pavilion.
Ravi Ashwin- 8.5/10
Ravi Ashwin brought forth all his experience and never allowed the RCB batters to hit him for runs. He dismissed Devdutt Padikkal in the powerplay to give the Capitals’ their first breakthrough. Overall, in his four overs, the veteran tweaker gave 26 runs at a rate of 6.50 and bowled nine dots.
Kagiso Rabada- 9.5/10
Kagiso Rabada has gone from strength to strength as the tournament has progressed. Yet again, he was at his very best and turned out to be DC’s standout bowler. In four overs, he conceded only 24 runs. Plus, he got rid of Kohli, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube and Udana to get a four-wicket haul.
Anrich Nortje- 9/10
Anrich Nortje backed up his three-fer against the Knight Riders with another resounding show. This time around, RCB had to bear the brunt of the speedster. He pinned the dangerous AB de Villiers to open his account. Then he rattled Siraj’s woodwork. He also bowled 13 dots in his spell of four overs.
Harshal Patel- 2/10
Harshal Patel wasn’t effective with the ball in hand and had an off day. He was the most expensive bowler for the Capitals by a long distance. In his four overs, the pacer gave away 43 runs at an economy rate of 10.75. Harshal gave away four fours and a six and was never able to settle down.