IPL: Srikar Bharat scored a six off the last ball to give victory to RCB, Maxwell's stormy innings too

IPL: Srikar Bharat scored a six off the last ball to give victory to RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) by seven wickets in the 56th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Batting first after losing the toss in this match played at Dubai International Stadium, Delhi scored 164 for 5 wickets. In reply, RCB won the match by scoring 166 for 3 in 20 overs.

The hero of RCB's victory was wicket-keeper batsman Shrikar Bharat, who scored an unbeaten 78. At the same time, Glenn Maxwell, who was in excellent form, also contributed an unbeaten 51 runs. Now in the first qualifier, Delhi Capitals will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. While RCB will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator on Monday.


The thrill of the last over

In the last over, RCB had to score 15 runs to win. Maxwell made a four off the first ball of Avesh Khan and scored two runs on the second ball. After this, a run was scored on the third ball, while the fourth ball went empty. Bharat scored two runs on the fifth ball and then a wide was also scored. Then on the last ball of Avesh, Bharat gave victory to RCB by hitting a six.


Poor start for RCB

Chasing the target, RCB had a very poor start. Devdutt Padikkal was dismissed in the very first over without opening an account. After this, captain Virat Kohli (4) also returned to the pavilion. Enrique Nortje made both players his victim. After the fall of two wickets for six runs, AB de Villiers (26) and Shrikar Bharat handled the innings with a partnership of 49 runs. De Villiers was caught out by Shreyas Iyer off Axar Patel.


Maxwell's catch had to be dropped

After the dismissal of AB de Villiers, Maxwell and Bharat froze at the crease. Both the players shared an unbeaten partnership of 111 runs. Bharat hit three fours and four sixes in his 52-ball innings. This was the first half-century of Srikar Bharat's IPL career. At the same time, Maxwell faced 33 balls and hit eight fours. However, in the 12th over, Maxwell got two lives off the balls of Axar Patel. In that over, first Shreyas Iyer and then Ravichandran Ashwin dropped Maxwell's catch.


Delhi Capitals scored 164/5

Delhi Capitals could only manage 164 for five despite opener Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan sharing 88 runs in 62 balls for the first wicket. For RCB, Mohammad Siraj took 2 for 25 in 4 overs. Apart from them, 'Purple Cap' holder Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Dan Christian got one wicket each.


Prithvi-Dhawan got off to a good start

After being invited to bat, Delhi Capitals got off to a good start thanks to Shaw (48 runs from 31 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes) and Dhawan (43 runs from 35 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes) to help the team go without a powerplay. Added 55 runs for the loss of wickets. During this, Dhawan made a brilliant six by sweeping the ball of Glenn Maxwell.

Both continued to bat in the same splendid rhythm. Shaw hit lofty sixes off leg-spinner Chahal twice, while Shikhar hit his second six off Harshal Patel. Both took the team to 88 runs in 10 overs. But Delhi Capitals then lost one to three wickets each in the next three overs. On the very first ball of the 11th over, the first wicket was lost in the form of Dhawan, who was caught by Harshal Patel's slow ball playing high.

Then, captain, Rishabh Pant came to the crease, who took the very first ball for a four. Shaw sent the first ball of the 12th over for a six, but Chahal's next ball was lifted towards extra cover and caught by George Garten, due to which he missed the half-century by two runs.


Captain Pant could not play big innings

Then in the 13th over, after touching the bat on Dan Christian's good length ball, Pant (10 runs) caught wicketkeeper Shrikar Bharat and reached the pavilion, and his attempt to play big innings again failed. Due to this, the team lost three wickets within 20 runs. Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer (29 runs from 22 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes) added 16 runs in the 15th over with one six and two fours.

Royal Challengers Bangalore gave the fourth blow to Delhi Capitals in the form of Iyer, who scored 18 runs in 18 balls with a four and was dismissed by Mohammad Siraj. Hetmyer got some brilliant shots in the end, but he could not get his team past 170 runs and became Siraj's second victim off the last ball.

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