Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) survived an onslaught from Delhi Capitals (DC) batsman Shimron Hetmyer (53 not out off 25 balls) as they received Tuesday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match by one run.
This was RCB’s fifth win in six matches and put them again on prime of the factors desk after an enormous loss to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their earlier match had displaced them from the highest spot.
DC, who’re third after their second loss in six video games, had their backs to the wall at 92 for 4 in 12.4 overs. However, Hetmyer turned it on and added 78 runs in 44 balls with skipper Rishabh Pant (58 not out off 48 balls) to take the workforce inside placing distance of victory.
Needing 46 from 18 balls, Hetmyer scored 20 out of 21 runs in the seventeenth over bowled by Kyle Jamieson (who bowled the 18th) to carry the equation down to 25 off two overs. Harshal Patel conceded 11 and Mohammed Siraj conceded 12 to win the sport for RCB.
Siraj started the final over nicely, bowling a few yorkers to Pant. However, he conceded two boundaries on the final two balls. That left DC nonetheless one run quick.
Earlier, India tempo bowler Ishant Sharma took one for 26 in his first match of the season for DC nevertheless it was AB de Villiers (75 not out) who drove RCB to 171/5.
De Villiers’s unbeaten 75 got here off 42 deliveries and comprised three fours and 5 sixes as he took 23 runs (together with one extensive) in the final over of the match bowled by Marcus Stoinis.
DC had carried out nicely to choose two early wickets, eradicating each Devdutt Padikkal (17) and skipper Virat Kohli (12) contained in the powerplay.
While Padikkal was bowled by Sharma, Kohli was bowled by Avesh. Glenn Maxwell (25) fell quickly after, leaving RCB at 60 for 3.
However, de Villiers shared a 54-run partnership with No. 3 Rajat Patidar (31 off 22 balls) and took the cost to the opposition in the top overs. RCB have been trying like they might battle to get previous 160 at 124/4 in 16 overs. But the final 4 overs produced 47 runs.
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 171/5 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 75 not out, R Patidar 31, G Maxwell 25; A Khan 1/24, I Sharma 1/26, A Mishra 1/27) vs Delhi Capitals 170/4 in 20 overs (R Pant 58 not out, S Hetmyer 53 not out; H Patel 2/37, Okay Jamieson 1/32, M Siraj 1/44
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