IPL Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: ‘Catches win matches’ – this might be an old cricketing proverb but holds importance in the modern times as well. Holding onto important catches can change the outcome of the match and turn the tide in your favour is what the general notion is. During the high-octane clash between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kotla, Axar Patel took a brilliant running catch on the boundary to dismiss dangerous AB de Villiers which completely tilted the tide in the hosts’ favour. (SCORECARD)
De Villiers was dismissed for 17 off 19 balls when he rocked back and pull a Sherfane Rutherford delivery during the 12th over of the innings. Axar, who was fielding on deep mid-wikcet took a superb running catch and yet another long hop got Delhi a wicket. Throughout, Axar kept his eyes on the ball and then latched onto a fine overhead catch. He also made sure that he didn’t step onto the ropes, which he did.
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Earlier, half-centuries by Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer’s coupled with late cameos from Sherfane Rutherford and Axar Patel powered Delhi Capitals to 187/5 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL on Sunday. Keeping in mind the extremely dry nature of the wicket, Delhi Capitals skipper Iyer opted to bat first.
The openers began the Delhi innings on a steady note. Shikhar Dhawan sliced Umesh Yadav over the cover point to hit the first boundary for his team. Shaw also hit four boundaries and looked in dangerous form but couldn’t capitalise on his good start and perished for 18 in the fourth over with Yadav providing the first breakthrough for the visitors.
Skipper Iyer edged the first ball he faced to the boundary. His innings of 52 was laced with two fours and three sixes. On the other end, Dhawan (50 off 37-balls) continued hitting boundaries at regular intervals to the packed crowd’s delight. The home team reached to 88/1 at the halfway mark. The duo shared a 68-run stand and looked to set a huge target.
However, there was a shift in momentum as Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the pick of the bowlers, dismissed Dhawan as he tried to reach out and sweep the ball in the 13th over. The spinner than dismissed danger man Rishabh Pant for 7 in his next over.
Delhi then lost wickets of Iyer and Colin Ingram (11) in quick succession. Delhi were struggling at 141 for 5 when Rutherford ( 28 off 13 balls) and Patel (16 off 9) walked in to share a 46-run partnership with 20 runs coming off the last over.
Delhi Capitals Playing XI: Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Sherfane Rutherford, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.