Match Report – RCB vs DC 62nd Match, May 12, 2024

Royal Challengers Bangalore 187 for 9 (Batidar 52, Jacks 41, Salam 2-23, Khalil 2-31) lost Capitals of Delhi 140 (Axer 57, Dayal 3-20, Ferguson 2-23) by 47 runs

A fifth straight win not only keeps Royal Challengers Bangalore in contention for a playoffs spot but also moves them up to fifth on the points table, just above Delhi Capitals who have the same points as RCB but a lower net run rate.

M Chinnaswamy kept calm as RCB lost Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli within four overs. Their batting woes from the start of the season seemed to come back to haunt them. Will Jacks and Rajat Patidar allayed such concerns with a counter-attacking partnership, but the DC bowlers put on an almost perfect death-over show to restrict RCB to 187 for 9.
With Bengaluru firmly behind them, the RCB bowlers kept their tails up. They reduced DC to 30 for 4, including the huge wicket of Jake Fraser-McQuurg, who was run out at the non-striker’s end after a straight drive from Shai Hope deflected Yash Dayal’s fingers into the stumps.

Kohli-Ishant tussle explains the start

In his 250th IPL outing, Kohli first had an easy opponent: Ishant Sharma, against whom he scored an unbeaten 93 off 67 balls. He bowled a sharp inswinger off the first ball of the match and then hit one over square leg for a six off the last ball of the opening over.

In Ishant’s next over, he hit a boundary – an outside edge – and a crisply timed no-look shot over wide long-on for a six in successive balls past the wicketkeeper. With 27 off 13 balls, Kohli made his intentions clear, but he failed to do justice to his Midas touch.

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Patidar and Jacks pay DC

Prior to Sunday, Patidar had bowled eight of his 11 outings at pace in IPL 2024. But here, in the Mukesh Kumar over, he scored 15 runs in eight balls with the help of three fours. When DC’s stand-in captain Axar Patel brought himself on in the sixth over, Patidar duly slogged him to deep midwicket. He also ripped Kuldeep Yadav and hit him straight on the head.

At the other end, Jax Kuldeep hit sixes each in his first two overs as RCB put their opener’s dismissal behind them. RCB scored 49 runs in four overs after the powerplay, thanks to an attack from Patidar and Jacks. In the process, Patidar notched up his fourth half-century in his last five innings and his first half-century in Bengaluru this season. It didn’t help DC that the fielders missed four chances in 11 balls, including two dropped catches in the Kuldeep over.

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