Delhi Capitals (DC) are set to receive a big boost ahead of Qualifier 1 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. All-rounder, Marcus Stoinis, is highly likely to be available for the remainder of the tournament having recovered from his hamstring injury.
Stoinis was forced to walk off the field while bowling his second over during DC’s first match of the second leg against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Despite his absence from the team, Delhi managed to compete and eventually qualify in the first place.
DC skipper Rishabh Pant stated that they didn’t want to risk Stoinis in the final league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last night, since the side had already qualified for the playoffs.
“We had already qualified, so we thought we are going to try someone else because Stoinis was injured. Hopefully, he will be in for the next game,” Pant was quoted as saying to the reporters after the 7-wicket loss to RCB on Friday night.
RCB edge DC in a last-ball thriller in Dubai
Match No. 56 was unlikely to have any bearing on the position of RCB and DC in the points table. That didn’t affect the intensity of either team as both of them battled it out in a see-saw encounter.
DC openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw dominated the proceedings in the first ten overs of the innings before RCB made a typical middle-overs comeback. Eventually, a target of 165 was set for the Bangalore franchise.
The start to the run chase was quite poor with both Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal back in the hut within the first three overs. AB de Villiers also fell after a run-a-ball 26 but was the fourth-wicket partnership of 111* between Glenn Maxwell and Srikar Bharat that took RCB over the line.
Delhi will now face CSK in Qualifier 1 on October 10, Sunday, followed by the Eliminator between RCB and KKR in Sharjah.