Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals are up against each other in the last league match of the Indian Premier League 2021 in Dubai. Both teams are already through to the playoffs and RCB have only an outside chance to secure a top-two berth.
Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first. Rishabh Pant and Kohli, the both, named an unchanged playing XI.
DC scored 164/5 in 20 overs riding on handy knocks from Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw.
Chasing the total, RCB got off to the worst possible start. Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli got out in no time and left RCB gasping for air. AB de Villiers walked out to bat at the number and shared 49 runs with Srikar Bharat for the third wicket. Axar Patel removed De Villiers and rocked RCB’s chances of winning.
RCB’s most in-form batsman Glenn Maxwell came out at 5. He was living on the edge throughout his stay at the crease. Pant asked Axar to bowl the 14th over in his quest to remove Maxwell as well. Axar drew a false shot on the first ball. Maxwell miscued the ball high in the air but Shreyas Iyer failed to hold on to the catch.
On the final ball of the over, Maxwell again played a false shot but Ravichandran Ashwin dropped him this time. Hence, he got dropped twice in the same over.
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Maxwell, then, scored a fine fifty and scored 51 runs in 33 balls, where he hit eight boundaries. Srikar Bharat stole the show with an unbeaten 78-run knock in 52 balls, which features three fours and four sixes. When five were required off the last ball, he hit Avesh Khan for a six and won the game for RCB with seven wickets in hand.