DC players celebrate after sending a RCB batsman back to the dugout.
Mohammad Abdullah, Staff Reporter
Kagiso Rabada bowled a captivating spell after Marcus Stoinis smacked a blitzkrieg 26-ball 53 as Delhi Capitals (DC) trounced Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 59 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Monday.
After posting 196/4, Delhi restricted Bangalore to 137/9 to go on the top with the fourth win of the season. It would have been a five-wicket haul for Rabada, had he not dropped Aaron Finch off his own bowling in the first over of the innings.
After getting rid of Kohli in the 14th over, Rabada had Washington Sundar caught by Ashwin, rattled the stumps of Shivam Dube before sending back Isuru Udana to complete his four-wicket haul. He is the leading wicket-taker with 12 scalps in five games. Nortje uprooted the stumps of Mohammed Siraj as Bangalore could muster only 137/9 in 20 overs.
Earlier, Stoinis smashed a quick-fire 26-ball 53 to help Delhi post a huge total of 196/4. He shared an 89-run partnership with Rishab Pant for the fourth wicket to take the score to 179/4.
Stoinis came out in the middle after the dismissal of captain Shreyas Iyer when Delhi were 90-3 and needed one big partnership to post a healthy total.
The Australian took the charge in his hand and started hitting the ball all over the ground. He flexed his arms in the 14th over, collecting 15 overs with the help of a four and a six. He got a lifeline, when on 31, after being put down by Chahal off Saini in the 15th over.
He exploited the dropped chance and added another 22 runs to his score to remain unbeaten on 53. He was supported by Pant, who also smashed a 37 off 25 deliveries, hitting three fours and two sixes.
Iyer, who hit an unbeaten 88 off 33 deliveries with the help of seven boundaries and six over the fence, failed to recreate the same magic.
He was dismissed for 11 runs when Padikkal took a stunner at the deep mid-wicket off Ali. Iyer tried to slog Ali against the spin towards the midwicket but the ball went higher than intended, lacking the length.
Padikkal stretched out his long arms to take a stunning catch and lofted the ball back in the air before tripping over the boundary rope and coming inside immediately only to complete a clean catch.
Mumbai are in a clinical form from the beginning of the tournament. They have procured 12 points from eight matches with six wins and just two losses and one of them going into the Super Over.
Both Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to avoid any unwanted jitters and qualify for the play-offs with an out-right victory in their crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Monday.
Shikhar Dhawan (54) and Ajinkya Rahane (60) smashed fifties as Delhi chased down the target of 153 runs with six balls to spare to avoid any unwanted jitters of depending on the result of other teams after restricting Bangalore to 152/7.
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set for a blockbuster opening with defending champions Mumbai Indians resuming their long-standing fabled rivalry with seasoned favourites Chennai Super Kings on Saturday evening at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
The AJP Tour Fujairah International Pro Championship kicked off at Zayed Sports Complex on Saturday with stellar performances from emerging players in Teens, Youth, and Men's Masters categories.
Stand-in India captain Jasprit Bumrah did the bulk of the damage by hitting 29 runs off the bat in an over from Broad that also featured five wides and a no-ball struck for six.
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