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OVERS 15.4: WICKET! Nortje castles Padikkal for 50 runs. What a delivery from the pacer. Big wicjet for DC. Another fine knock from Padikkal. RCB 112/3
Most 50+ scores in debut season by uncapped Indian players
5 – Devdutt Padikkal in 2020 (RCB) *
4 – Shikhar Dhawan in 2008 (DD)
4 – Shreyas Iyer in 2015 (DD)
OVERS 15.1: SIX! BANG!! It’s time fasten our seat belts. ABD is shifting gears now. He picks the length and lofts the ball over Nortje’s head. RCB 111/2
Nortje starts his third over.
End of OVER 15: 13 runs off Sams’ over. RCB 103/2
FIFTY! Devdutt Padikkal brings up his half-century off 40 balls. This is Padikkal’s fourth fifty of IPL 2020.
OVERS 14.5: FOUR! Padikkal continues his sublime form. He sends Sams towards backward square leg for a boundary.
Shreyas brings Sams back into the attack. This is his third over.
End of OVER 14: 7 runs off Axar’s over. RCB 90/2
Axar starts his fourth and last over.
End of OVER 13: 2 runs off Ashwin’s over. RCB 83/2
AB de Villiers comes to the crease
OVERS 12.3: WICKET! Ashwin ends Virat Kohli‘s stay at 29 runs. Kohli smashes this towards deep mid wicket region. Ashwin exults in celebration. He knows he has got the big man. Kohli isn’t happy with this.
Ashwin starts his fourth and last over.
End of OVER 12: 13 runs off Axar’s over. RCB 81/1
OVERS 11.5: SIX! Kohli launches this over long on. Superb stuff from the RCB captain. Axar is disappointed.
Axar starts his third over.
End of OVER 11: 8 runs off Rabada’s over. RCB 68/1
OVERS 10.2: FOUR! What a shot from Kohli . He smashes Rabada towards deep extra cover.
Rabada starts his second over.
End of OVER 10: 4 runs off Axar’s over. RCB 60/1
Axar starts his second over.
9 overs gone! 4 runs off Ashwin’s over. RCB 56/1
Another bowling change for DC. Axar Patel comes into the attack
End of OVER 7: 6 runs off Ashwin’s over. RCB 46/1
OVERS 6.2: FOUR! Wow! Superb work from Padikkal. He goes on backfoot and cuts the ball beautifully towards backward point for a boundary. RCB 45/1
Ashwin starts his second over.
End of OVER 6: 9 runs off Rabada’s over. RCB 40/1
OVERS 5.5: FOUR! 148kph from Rabada and Padikkal plays third beautifully behind square.
OVERS 5.3: FOUR! What a shot from the RCB skipper. Superb punch from Kohli. The ball races towards deep extra cover region. RCB 35/1
Virat Kohli comes to the crease
OVERS 4.1: WICKET! Rabada strikes on the first ball of his over, Philippe departs for 12. Brilliant bowling by Rabada. Shaw runs and takes a superb catch at cover.
Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack.
End of OVER 4: 9 runs off Nortje’s over. RCB 25/0
OVERS 3.2: FOUR! Padikkal brings his front footfoot forward and lofts the ball gentry towards extra cover region. Lovely shot from the left-hander. RCB 21/0
Bowling change for DC. Anrich Nortje comes into the attack
End of OVER 3: 6 runs off Sams over. RCB 16/0
OVERS 2.2: FOUR! First boundary of the match. Short from Sams. Phillipe stays back and pulls the ball towards mid on. RCB 15/0
Sams starts his second over.
End of OVER 2: Ashwin concedes 6 runs off his first over. RCB 10/0
Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack.
End of OVER 1: Brilliant start for DC. Just 4 runs off Sams’ over. RCB 4/0
Daniel Sams will open the attack for DC. Here we go…!!!
Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe are at the crease.
Delhi Capitals are in a huddle. Shreyas giving a last-minute pep talk to his boys.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Josh Philippe, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Ahmed, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Virat Kohli (RCB):
We have a couple of changes. Gurkeerat Mann misses out, Dube comes in to provide some fire power in the middle. Shahbaz Ahmed comes in for Saini. His webbing is still not right and he was struggling in the field. It is simple you try and win every game of cricket you play. The conversation never changes and you don’t take any game lightly. But this being a crunch game not a bad thing to be batting first and putting runs on the board, we would have liked to bowl as well. Pressure in big games can be a funny thing. Whatever total you get the other team has to chase it. We have to play good cricket, consistently we have done well, we have had a few bad games which is acceptable and in a tournament like this it is competitive, but we still have good spirits as a side and looking forward to this encounter today. We have been in this situation before, the three finals we played before we probably had to go through like this in all those editions. The mindset was simple win the game, move ahead and you don’t think of other possibilities. It is basically how you play on the day, the result pans out in a certain manner, and if you have not played well then you don’t deserve to be in a situation where you expect other teams to do something else. It is all up to the two teams today and how they executed their plans.
Shreyas Iyer (DC):
We will bowl first. Dew is going to play a massive role. Looking at the previous games the surface was a belter. This track is also looking amazing to bat on. So chasing we would be having a certain total in our mind and we would be having a clear idea on the run rate as well – considering those factors we decided to bowl. We have three changes – Rahane, Axar and Sams come in. It’s a complicated situation to be in but IPL is such an amazing tournament to be in, it can surprise you any moment, I personally feel this is a great opportunity for us to get into second place. We will keep those things in mind and go in with that mindset.
TOSS: Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer wins toss and opts to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
PITCH REPORT – By Danny Morrison and JP Duminy:
“We have gorgeous conditions for this crunch encounter. The sun is out, no cloud and the breeze is in. Batters will want to go to the 62 meter boundary, down the ground is 79 and the other side is 74 meters. This is the fourth game on this surface. Delhi have relied on their pace attack in particular Rabada and Nortje whilst RCB relied on their leg spinner Chahal, when it comes to batting here they will be aware of the threats and go about accordingly. Good even covering of grass. Tough encounter and pressure is the situation”.
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