IPL 2020 : Delhi qualifies on second number, Bangalore also gets playoff ticket after defeat

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Mumbai : With strong bowling and excellent batting by experienced players, Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore. After the sharp bowling of Anrich Nortje (3/33) and Kagiso Rabada (2/30), Ajinkya Rahane (60) and Shikhar Dhawan (54) managed to make it to the playoffs in the Delhi Capitals. Delhi won after four consecutive defeats. The win brought Delhi Capitals 16 points from 14 matches and secured second place.

Delhi now has two chances for the final:
Now Delhi team will play for first place in Qualifier-1 with Mumbai Indians on 5 November. Bangalore’s team has reached the playoffs despite defeat. In fact, it kept Delhi from winning for 17.3 overs and strengthened the net run-rate by beating Kolkata on the basis of net run-rate. Now it has to be decided which team will be on number three and fourth. If Hyderabad beats Mumbai on Tuesday, it can make it to the playoffs. Its run-rate is better than Kolkata (14 points). If Hyderabad loses the match, the Kolkata team would play in the knockout round. Being in the first qualifier means getting two chances for the finals. The loser in the first qualifier gets a second qualifier with the winning team of eliminators.

Important partnership of Dhawan-Rahane :
Bangalore’s team could score 152 runs for seven wickets despite the innings of opener Devdutt Padikkal (50 runs), AB de Villiers (35) and captain Virat Kohli (29). In response, Delhi Capitals won the match by scoring 154 runs for four wickets in 19 overs thanks to the 88-run second wicket partnership between Rahane and Dhawan. Apart from Nortje and Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin (1/18) bowled well for Delhi. Delhi lost the wicket of Prithvi Shaw (09) in the second over itself. Opener Dhawan hit a four off Siraj after hitting three fours off Maurice’s bowling. Rahane also started with fours off the ball of Washington Sundar and then hit two fours off Udana, and the team scored 53 for one wicket in the powerplay.

Ajinkya’s half-century in 37 balls:
Dhawan and Rahane also did not let the run pace slow down in the middle overs and in 10 overs the team’s score reached 81 runs for one wicket. Dhawan completed a half-century in 37 balls with a four off Udana’s bowling. Rahane, meanwhile, hit a four off Udana’s bowling and a six off Shahbaz (2/26). Shahbaz, however, caught the wicket of Dhawan by Sundar at short fine leg. Rahane completed a half-century off 37 balls with one run off Shahbaz.

Delhi needed 32 runs to win in the last five overs. Shahbaz then sent Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer (07) to the pavilion while Sundar ended Rahane’s innings. Rahane hit five fours and a six off 45 balls. Delhi needed 15 runs to win in the last two overs. Marcus Stoinis (10 not out) hit a six off Siraj’s bowling while Pant (08*) with a four and Delhi won the match.

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