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Dhawan, Iyer help Delhi enter IPL play-offs; Kolkata beat Mumbai

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Delhi Capitals’ Shreyas Iyer plays a shot against Royal Challengers Bangalore during their IPL match in New Delhi on Sunday. Agenc France-Presse

Half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Shreyas Iyer helped Delhi Capitals outplay Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs to enter the Indian Premier League play-offs on Sunday.

A 68-run second-wicket stand between Dhawan and Iyer and a late cameo from Sherfane Rutherford of West Indies steered Delhi to 187-5, a total their bowlers successfully defended.

The left-handed Dhawan, who is part of India’s World Cup team, hit 50, Iyer made 52 and Rutherford’s unbeaten 28 off 13 deliveries lifted the hosts to a big total at a slow-scoring Feroz Shah Kotla pitch in Delhi.

Virat Kohli’s Bangalore lost regular wickets to finish on 171-7, but the bottom-placed side still have a chance to make the play-offs.

Delhi, who made the play-offs for the first time since 2012, moved to the top of the eight-team table, overtaking Chennai Super Kings who have already booked their spot in the final four.

Bangalore opener Parthiv Patel, who top-scored with 39, and Kohli, who made 23, gave their team a brisk start but their batting fell flat once the two were back in the dugout.

South African paceman Kagiso Rabada -- IPL’s highest wicket-taker so far with 24 scalps from 12 games -- struck first after sending back Patel.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel then got Kohli’s prized scalp after the Indian skipper pulled the ball straight into the hands of Rutherford at deep mid-wicket.

“The fun factor should never go away, we still got two games and we’ll work hard. We’ll go out there, play expressive cricket and be positive,” said Kohli.

Australia’s Marcus Stoinis gave Delhi a scare with his unbeaten 32 off 24 deliveries but the ever-increasing run-rate got to the Bangalore chase. Rabada and Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra took two wickets each.

Elsewhere, Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Shubman Gill (76) and Chris Lynn (54) shared an opening partnership of 96 runs to defeat Mumbai Indians (MI) by 34 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.  

Batting first, Kolkata posted a massive total of 232 for the loss of just two wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Mumbai reached 198/7.

For Kolkata Andre Russel (80) was the highest scorer.

Agence France-Presse

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