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Delhi Capitals 154/4 (19 ov)
Delhi Capitals won by 6 wickets
Player of the match: Anrich Nortje
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Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets with 6 deliveries to spare

Virat Kohli:
Its a mixed bag as I said at the toss you come here to win the match! At the 11th over, management informed us about the 17.3 mark! We are happy that we qualified but a top-2 finish would have been nice. It's clear we have got two matches to reach the final. We have a shot, an opportunity and that's all we want as a team. I'm sure the guys will be excited about what's ahead for us. We can be more brave with the bat in pockets. I think with the ball we were decent. It is important to stay positive and take the positives from these matches.

Shreyas Iyer:
Very chuffed with the performance. We were not thinking of the NRR and yeah, the boys were motivated and the way we performed was brilliant. I think Nortje bowled really bowled well! Mumbai Indians are a good team, we need to stick to our basics. We are one of the best teams in the tournament and we need to stick to the basics and if we try and execute our plans, the results will come. The more you keep things simple, the more it is easier

Anrich Nortje (Man of the match): I said it time and again, it's doing the basics right. We just had a couple of guys doing the basics right today. Coming into this game, small things started feeling well. I talked to KG too, he also said he felt good. Yorker would have been the good option but we decide to change things up and see how it goes and wanted to hit the hard length. Having a bit of extra pace always helps. All ready for the playoffs


Right then, important news first! RCB and DC both have qualified for the playoffs! However, the third and fourth position of the table would be decided after tomorrow's match between SRH and MI! The First Qualifier is fixed between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals 

A target of 153 was never going to be enough against a team of the quality of Delhi Capitals who despite coming off a four-match losing streak had the firepower to chase this down. Shikhar Dhawan was off to a flier start as he carved the RCB bowlers for 4 boundaries within his first 20 runs. 

Prithvi Shaw once again failed to get going and exposed his fragile technique against the moving ball. However, the biggest positive that DC would take from this match was the return of form of Shikhar Shawan and a solid 60 run knock from Ajinkya Rahane, who despite not getting many chances has finally shown his class in IPL 2020. 


RCB tried to go for a victory in the beginning but somewhere near around the 11th over mark, the team changed their aim and started stretching the game to the 17.3 over to seek the playoff qualification. Rookie Shahbaz Ahmed bowled tight line and ensured that RCB didn't allow DC to run away with the match. Yuzi Chahal wasn't his elements but did the defensive work assigned to him by the skipper with utmost perfection. 

Although DC did lose Dhawan, Rahane and Iyer in quick succession but the duo of Pant and Stoinis ensured that there were no jitters for the team at the end! Ultimately, DC got back to winning ways and will be moving to the qualifiers high on confidence whereas their counterparts RCB would be buoyed by the playoff qualification but still a bit sombre about the losing streak that is currently ongoing! 

The conservative approach of RCB batters in the powerplay overs and the middle overs has been the undoing for the team and if Virat Kohli and his men want to come out triumphant in the eliminator then the team management will have to take some tough calls and push the opening batsmen to go for greater risks in pursuit of greater rewards! 

So that's that from our side, this is Abhinav Singh and my partner Shashwat Kumar signing off, do join us tomorrow here at Sportskeeda at the same time for the big contest between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians where we bring to you ball by ball commentary with minute precision and immaculate analysis. Until then, stay safe, stay indoors and keep washing your hands! Goodnight fellas!
18.6 Mohammed Siraj to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! DC INTO SECOND! AND THAT IS THAT! Banged into the track outside off stump and Pant has an enormous mow at it. He gets it off the top edge and the ball flies over the keeper for four
18.5 Mohammed Siraj to Rishabh Pant, short delivery outside off stump. Pant nearly swings himself off his feet but only manages to inside edge it onto his hip. He is looking out of sorts here! It is disheartening to see Pant trying to muscle the ball instead of timing, which he does the best!
18.4 Mohammed Siraj to Marcus Stoinis, full delivery outside off stump. Stoinis plants his front foot and has an ugly swipe at it. He gets it off the inner half of the bat towards long on for one. 150 up for DC with that single!
18.3 Mohammed Siraj to Marcus Stoinis, back of a length delivery outside off stump. Stoinis stands tall on his toes before punching it powerfully towards the sweeper on the cover fence for a brace. Stoinis has made sure that no untoward incident happens for DC at the end!
18.3 Mohammed Siraj to Marcus Stoinis, back of a length delivery down the leg side and Siraj will have to reload that one! Poor bowling from the fast bowler, to be very blunt! Well, proper RCB bowling this, innit?
18.2 Mohammed Siraj to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! IS THAT THE GAME? Banged into the track on off stump and Stoinis shapes up for the massive pull shot. He gets a slight top edge on it and the ball just about clears Chahal at deep square leg. 7 required in 10 deliveries. Skipper Kohli isn't impressed by Chahal's effort though!
18.1 Mohammed Siraj to Rishabh Pant, back of a length delivery on leg stump. Pant throws his entire body at the ball but is late on the shot as it bobbles towards fine leg for a single. Well, that shot perfectly sums up Pant's IPL 2020!
18.1 Mohammed Siraj to Rishabh Pant, full delivery that is sprayed well outside off stump and Siraj will have to reload that one! Not sure RCB really required that!
15 required from the remaining 12 deliveries! Washington Sundar might just have given RCB skipper a whiff of an opportunity to stage a late comeback! However, with Morris not around! things could get tight at the end! 

Mohammed Siraj to bowl his third over [2-0-13-1] Can he get some quick wickets and sent the alarm bells ringing across the DC camp?
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cricket ball icon Washington Sundar
17.6 Washington Sundar to Marcus Stoinis, back of a length delivery on middle and leg stump. Stoinis waits on the back foot and defends straight to the fielder in the ring at extra cover
17.5 Washington Sundar to Rishabh Pant, length delivery outside off stump. Pant comes down the track before knocking it down the ground towards long off for another single. The game is going down to the wire!
17.4 Washington Sundar to Rishabh Pant, back of a length delivery on leg stump. Pant has a huge hoick at it and misses the ball as it thuds into his thigh pad
17.3 Washington Sundar to Marcus Stoinis, back of a length delivery on leg stump. Stoinis goes deep into his crease before punching it towards the fielder on the fence at deep mid wicket to get off the mark! RCB will be feeling much better! They are off to the playoffs!
DC are losing their way at the end! Meanwhile, the all-important 17.3 delivery coming up for RCB!

Marcus Stoinis is the new man in the middle, can he and Pant close out the match for DC?
17.2 Washington Sundar to Ajinkya Rahane, WELL WELL! Back of a length delivery on leg stump and Rahane looks for the reverse sweep. However, he is in a bad shape, as far as the shot is concerned and gets a top edge that lobs towards short third man. Dube snaffles up the chance with ease!
17.1 Washington Sundar to Ajinkya Rahane, back of a length delivery on off stump. Rahane comes down the track and heaves it into the leg side towards deep mid wicket for a couple. DC have crossed the 134 run target too
Right then, 3 more deliveries for RCB and they will take a deep sigh of relief thereafter! However, the game looks all but gone from their hands! But that won't matter! Meanwhile, Chris Morris seems to have injured himself and has been out from the field for quite some time and consequently, according to rules, won't be coming back into the ground!

Washington Sundar to bowl his final over [3-0-21-0]
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134 /3 score
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cricket ball icon Shahbaz Ahmed
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