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IPL 2020: Nortje & Rahane inspire DC to a commanding win over RCB

DC took on the Kohli led RCB at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the penultimate match of the league stage of the Indian Premier League. It was the last group stage match for both the teams. A win for either would have sealed the second spot in the table. It was the Delhi Capitals who emerged victorious and booked their spot against the Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1. Qualifier 1 will be held in Dubai on 5th November. Winning that match would ensure a direct entry into the final of the 13th edition of the IPL. Let us analyze yesterday’s match.

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#1. The First innings:

RCB was the first team to bat. The opening pair was the Australian Josh Philippe and the Indian youngster Padikkal. Padikkal’s terrific form continued. He scored a half-century in the match. RCB had a slow start in the match with the scoreboard ticking at only about a run a ball in the first four overs. Captain Kohli and Philippe, both failed to make a huge score.

It was AB De Villiers who tried to accelerate the innings by hitting a couple of sixes. Padikkal was anchoring the innings. Wickets in quick succession was the main problem that the RCB faced. After Padikkal’s wicket, Morris got out on a duck. After a stand of 33 runs, Dube and De Villiers also got out in quick succession. RCB could post only 152 on the board in their 20 overs.

Nortje, Rabada and Ashwin were sensational. Ashwin was the most economical bowler for DC and Nortje scalped 3 wickets with an economy of 8.2. Rabada’s performance was between that of Ashwin and Nortje’s, with an economy of 7.5 and 2 wickets to the kitty.

#2. The Second Innings:

Chasing a score of 152 wasn’t a mammoth task for the Capitals. DC had a superb start with 19 runs scored in the first 10 balls. But there were some early jitters when Prithvi Shaw got out early. After Prithvi Shaw’s dismissal, there was a long partnership of 88 runs between Dhawan and Rahane. Both of them scored a half-century.

Ajinkya Rahane looked in terrific touch.  After Dhawan’s dismissal, Shreyas Iyer also got out without making much of an impact.  That was followed by Rahane’s dismissal. After that, it was Stoinis and Pant who took the Capitals home. It was a very comfortable chase towards the end, with the Capitals requiring only about a run per ball in order to win. They did it without even breaking a sweat.

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RCB have also qualified on the basis of NRR in spite of defeat to DC. But now they have a must-win match on their hands. They will face either SRH or KKR in the Eliminator. If Hyderabad wins in its match against the MI, KKR will be knocked out on the basis of NRR. If MI wins, RCB will face KKR in the eliminator. The match between MI and SRH now will be a critical one for a number of stakeholders. So grab your popcorn and stay tuned!

 

Also Read: What are the Playoffs Scenario for KKR, DC, RCB, and SRH in IPL 2020 season?

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