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AB de Villiers brilliance sustains RCB against a late assault from Hetmyer
The Delhi, RCB encounter proved to be a thriller and so far, one of the better matches in IPL 2021 between two equally well-matched teams. AB de Villiers brilliance sustains RCB against a late assault from Hetmyer as RCB win by 1 run.
AB de Villiers brilliance in the RCB innings put up a challenging score for Delhi, who struggled to gain momentum for much of their batting innings till some late heroics from Hetmyer almost carried Delhi home on a pitch which played similar right through the match with the dew not arriving to the good fortune of RCB bowlers.
Batting first RCB struggled in the powerplay as Delhi made sharp inroads with Kohli (12) being played on to a lively Avesh Khan and Paddikal (17) was bowled by a lovely delivery from veteran Ishant Sharma who played his 1st match this season. The ball to Paddikal pitched and came in slightly to rattle his stumps. Glenn Maxwell and number three Rajat Patidar stemmed the rot and Maxy was looking ominous against the spinners till Amit Mishra got him as Maxwell (25) stepped out but was caught safely at long-on by Smith.
From 60/3 RCB had their most vital partnership between de Villiers and Patidar of 54 runs. Patidar(31) looked in good flow and hit impressive boundaries till he was caught in the deep by Smith off Axar. Probably with this innings he may have settled his number 3 spot.
From 114/4 , it was the AB de Villiers show . His brutal hitting in the last 3-4 overs completely unsettled the Delhi bowling . His perfect long , straight 6s off the spinners and then his audacious pull over midwicket off the Delhi and South African spearhead Kagiso Rabada were sensational shots . Finally, his dazzling 75 off 42 balls took RCB to an imposing 171/6 in 20 overs after he hammered Stoinis in the last over for 23 runs to provide his team with all the momentum.
The Delhi bowlers bowled very well throughout till their lengths were rattled by de Villiers in the final few overs . Avesh Khan (1/24) and Ishant (1/26) were outstanding .
In reply Delhi stuttered with Dhawan(6) pulling Jamieson straight to fine legs hands, Smith (4) nicking a lovely delivery from Siraj to the keeper and Shaw(21) after playing few impressive shots chasing a wide ball from Harshal to be caught behind .
Rishabh Pant stemmed the rot and had the useful stand with Stoinis (22 of 17 balls ). After Stoinis’ departure, Hetmyer stepped in and played a brutal innings, destroying the RCB attack at the back end to raise Delhi’s hopes of a sensational victory. Pant was struggling to get big hits but Hetmyer belted 4 brutal sixes in his 53 off just 25 balls as Jamieson was taken to the cleaners in his final over .
Hetmyer’s hitting left Delhi to get only 25 runs in the last two overs . However, Harshal Patel bowled a fine 19th over and gave away only 11 runs and in the final over with 14 runs needed Siraj conceded no boundaries in his first 4 bals till Pant hit a four off a full toss and the target was 6 off the final ball. However Pant could get only a 4 and RCB won by 1 run in a sensational finish .
AB de Villiers brilliance sustains RCB against a late assault from Hetmyer as RCB win by 1 run. Hetmyer’s lack of strike in the final two overs tilted the game in favour of RCB as Pant was struggling to time his shots .
Harshal Patel was again the hero in RCB’s bowling with 2/37 and Siraj bowled a brilliant last over. The spinners were economical.
De Villiers for his matchwinning outstanding batting was the man of the match
With a sandstorm occurring during the break , there was minimum dew on the field today which helped RCB bowling.
With his hard earned win RCB are once again at the top of the points table and Delhi slipped to 3rd spot.
Bangalore won by 1 run
RCB 171/5 (20 Ovs)
de Villiers(wk) 75(42)
Rajat Patidar 31(22)
Avesh Khan 1/24
DC 170/4 (20 Ovs)
Pant(c & wk) 58(48)
Harshal Patel 2/37