It was a busy day for the IPL points table following Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals [RR] in Dubai and Delhi Capitals [DC] thrilling win against Chennai Super Kings [CSK] in Sharjah.
In the first game, AB de Villiers (55* off 22 balls) stunning late-overs assault helped RCB shrug off the eight-wicket hammering that they suffered in their last fixture against KXIP.
After Rajasthan Royals had posted 6-177 in 20 overs, thanks to a brilliant onslaught by opener Robin Uthappa in the powerplay, Steve Smith’s half-century, and late blitz by Rahul Tewatia, RCB looked down and out following back-to-back dismissals of Devdutt Padikkal and skipper Virat Kohli.
With the equation boiling down to 35 of the last 12 balls, RCB needed ABD to conjure a bit of his magic. And, that is exactly what he did! De Villiers effectively killed the run-chase by smashing Jaydev Unadkat for three consecutive sixes, and it was befitting that it was him, who eventually guided RCB to a seven-wicket win.
Shikhar Dhawan’s maiden IPL 100 and Axar Patel’s late assault propelled DC to a thrilling win over CSK
In the second game, Delhi Capitals regained their numero-uno spot in the points table and they did that thanks to an absolute masterclass of a knock by Shikhar Dhawan (101* off 58 balls).
Chasing 179, DC once again found themselves in a spot of bother thanks to yet another failure of Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane.
But, just like the last game, Dhawan took the game by the scruff off its neck, and this time he ensured that he didn’t play any funky shots (Read- Switch hit) to throw his wicket away.
It was a masterclass of pure cricketing strokes by the stylish southpaw as he dabbed, cut, flick, drove his way to
The one chance that Dhawan offered was an outside edge in the 10th over of the bowling of Dwayne Bravo, which was unfortunately shelled by MSD. Dhawan made CSK big time, as he stitched his third consecutive half-century to spearhead DC’s run-chase.
Dhawan, however, wasn’t helped by the fact that the likes of Shreyas Iyer (23 off 23 balls) Marcus Stoinis (24 off 14), and Alex Carey (4 off 7) did not hang around long enough, which meant that it was left to the southpaw to take the ship home.
Sam Curran bowled a brilliant 19th over where he very nearly got Dhawan out. Dhawan got the caught-behind decision overturned. The southpaw completed his maiden IPL century.
With DC needing 18 off the last over, Axar Patel (21 off 5 balls) hammered Jadeja for back-to-back sixes to bring the equation down to 3 of 3, and in what was a perfect way to finish it off, he smoked yet another six to help DC pull off the win.
Here’s how IPL 2020 Points is looking like after DC’s win over CSK and RCB’s win over RR-