IPL 2021: Siraj and Ab de Villiers guide RCB to a one run win against Delhi Capitals

Delhi Captains won the toss but the Royal Challengers registered the win by one run. Although RCB had a weak start losing three early wickets, considering two wickets of Skipper Kohli (12) and Devdutt Padikkal (17) into the powerplay. Glenn Maxwell was later departed by Amit Mishra and for the fifth time in the IPL.

However, Rajat Patidar and AB de Villiers took responsibility on their shoulders and played constructive innings. Patidar was caught on the boundary line looking to go for a maximum, scoring 31 runs off 22 balls.

It was Mr.360, who took matters into his own hands and started swinging the ball to the boundary. de Villiers played a not-out inning of 75 runs off just 42 balls with a destructive strike rate of 178.57. He also registered his 40th fifty and completed the 5000 run milestone in IPL.

de Villiers slaughtered Marcus Stoinis in the last over for 23 runs including three sixes. This important inning guided RCB to keep a target of 172 ahead of the Delhi Capitals.

Royals not only kept it tight with the bat but also inserted pressure on Delhi from the first ball. Kyle Jamieson dismissed the orange cap holder Shikhar Dhawan (6) giving RCB the breakthrough. It was not very late when Mohmmad Siraj got Steve Smith (4) with an edge of his bat going straight to the man behind stumps AB de Villiers.

Harshal Patel once again delivered with two wickets proving himself to be the purple cap holder. He dismissed DC opener Prithvi Shaw (21) and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (22).

However, DC Skipper Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer came back strongly keeping Delhi’s hope alive in the game. While Rishabh was playing a captain’s inning, Hetmyer was targeting bowlers with huge sixes.

despite both, the batters scored a half-century and took the match to the last over, they were unable to accomplish the target and lost by not much but just one run. Dc needed six runs off Siraj’s last ball which Rishabh couldn’t turn into a maximum.

With this win, the Royal Challengers Bangalore redeemed the first spot in the points table. They now lead by 10 points and just one defeat out of six games so far.

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