DC ends RCB’s Playoff hopes
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DC ends RCB’s Playoff hopes

April 29, 2019

Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 16 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here yesterday.

With this result, DC have climbed to the top of the IPL Points Table for now. For RCB, this defeat spells the end of their chances of completing a fairy tale late-season charge for the top four spots.

Batting first, DC had put up a score of 187/5 in their 20 overs. Winning the toss, DC skipper Shreyas Iyer had opted to bat first. Prithvi Shaw (18 off 10 balls) started off on a positive note but was then dismissed by Umesh Yadav.

Shreyas Iyer (52 off 37 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (50 off 37 balls) then came together to put on a stable partnership, both eventually bringing up their respective fifties.

RCB were struggling to find a breakthrough, until Yuzvendra Chahal decided to have his say. He got Dhawan out by producing a thick top edge off his bat. Soon, he also got Shreyas Iyer to hole out in the deep.

However, just as it looked like RCB would limit DC to a modest total, there was a last-minute carnage unleashed by Sherfane Rutherford (28* off 13 balls) to take the score beyond 180.

Parthiv Patel (39 off 20 balls) and Virat Kohli (23 off 17 balls) got RCB off to a lightning start, but once their wickets fell, DC were all over them. There were contributions from Shivam Dube (24 off 16 balls), Gurkeerat Singh (27 off 19) and Marcus Stoinis (32* off 24 balls), but they were not enough as RCB finished at 171/7 in their 20 overs.

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KKR beat MI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 34 runs at the Eden Gardens here in match 47 of the IPL yesterday. Chasing a mammoth 233 runs, MI lost openers Quinton de Kock (9) and captain Rohit Sharma (12) early. They were reduced to 21/2 in 2.3 overs.

The middle-order batsmen Evin Lewis (15), Suryakumar Yadav (26) and Kieron Pollard (20), all failed to score big as MI were staring down the barrel at 121/5 in 13.2 overs. But a brilliant 91 off 34 balls by Hardik Pandya gave MI an outside chance. The all-rounder’s innings included 6 fours and 9 massive sixes. Following his dismissal, MI were restricted to 198/7 in 20 overs.

With this win, KKR broke their 8-match losing streak against the Rohit Sharma-led side.

Earlier, KKR scored the highest total of the season — 232/2 in 20 overs courtesy 80 not out by Andre Russell, 76 by Shubman Gill and 54 off 29 by Chris Lynn.

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