Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore six wickets to fix the Indian Premier League Qualifier date with Mumbai Indians on Monday.
In a do-or-die clash where only the winners would make it to the Qualifier, Delhi managed to restrict Bangalore to a moderate 152-7 in 20 overs. Shikhar Dhawan and experienced Ajinkya Rahane set the foundation with a 88-run second wicket partnership before Delhi sealed victory with six balls to spare.
The 19-over victory for Delhi meant Bangalore were also assured of a spot in playoffs where they will wait in the Eliminator for either Kolkata Knight Riders or Sunrisers Hyderabad. Bangalore and Kolkata are tied on 14 points each with the former sitting third on better net run rate.
Hyderabad, who have 12 points, can knock Kolkata out of the tournament on net run rate if they defeat Mumbai in tournament’s final league game on Tuesday.
In the match on Monday, Delhi lost opener Prithvi Shaw (nine) early before Dhawan and Rahane aced their chase with a decent partnership. Their 65-ball stay at the crease fetched Delhi enough runs that allowed the middle order to negotiate with the total with ease.
Rahane top scored with a 46-ball 60 hitting five fours and a six, while Dhawan made a 41-ball 54 hitting six boundaries. Shabaz Ahmed took two wickets for Bangalore.
Earlier, Delhi bowled well in the powerplays and last two overs to restrict Bangalore to a total that never seemed safe. Devdutt Padikkal top scored for them with a 41-ball 50, while AB de Villiers’ 21-ball 35 took them beyond 150-mark. Padikkal shared 57 runs for the second wicket with skipper Virat Kohli who made a 24-ball 29.
Padikkal hit five boundaries and De Villiers innings included two sixes and a four. Anrich Nortje took 3-33 for Delhi and Kagiso Rabada had the figures of 2-30.