Delhi Capitals crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 57 runs to get back to the top of the Indian Premier League on Monday.
Another quick start from Prithvi Shaw and perfect finishing from Marcus Stoinis at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium helped Delhi post a mammoth 196-4. After a top order failure, Kagiso Rabada removed Virat Kohli at a crucial stage of the game as Bangalore were restricted to 137-9.
The fourth victory in fifth match take Delhi at the top of the table again with eight points leapfrogging Mumbai Indians who are now tied on six points with Bangalore but stay second on net run rate. Bangalore have lost their third match in the tournament.
Delhi’s domination began from the outset when Shaw set the tone smashing Ishuru Udana for three boundaries in the first over. He went on to share 68 runs for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (32). Delhi, however, could not relax after they were reduced to 90-3 inside 12 overs following the dismissals of the two openers and captain Shreyas Iyer (11).
Marcus Stoinis, the architect of Delhi’s Super Over victory over Kings XI Punjab in their tournament opener, then took over and shared crucial 89 runs for the fourth wicket with Rishabh Pant (37).
Stoinis struck 26-ball 53 not out hitting six fours and two sixes. Shaw was out for a 23-ball 42 that included five fours and two sixes. Mohammd Siraj took two wickets for Bangalore.
Spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin gave early breakthroughs to Delhi and Anrich Nortje removed AB de Villiers reducing Bangalore to 43-3. Kohli came into the match following a match-winning half century in their previous game and was once again Bangalore’s only hope.
Just at the time when Kohli needed to provide the lift, Rabada struck to virtually end Bangalore innings. Rabada produced tournament’s best figures so far taking 4-24 from four overs and Nortje took 2-22 to choke Bangalore.
Kohli made a 39-ball 43 with two sixes and a four. Washington Sundar (17) was their next best scorer.