David Warner and Phil Salt got Delhi off to an explosive start in the 182 chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2023 clash at home on Saturday. The pair added 64 runs for the first wicket before Warner fell for 22(14). Earlier, powerful fifties by Virat Kohli and Mahipal Lomror drove RCB to 181/4 in 20 overs after they opted to bat. Lomror returned unbeaten on 54 off 29 balls, while Kohli scored 55(46). Read the match report of the DC vs RCB clash and share your thoughts in the comments.
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss & decided to bat first. Virat Kohli & Faf du Plessis got off to a slow but stable start. Royal Challengers Bangalore star Virat Kohli scripted history when he became the first batter to score 7000 runs in the Indian Premier League. Kohli reached the milestone when he got to 12 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium against Delhi Capitals on Saturday. He also became the first batsman to score 1000 Runs against Delhi in IPL. Khaleel Ahmed came to bowl the final over of the powerplay and Du Plessis smashed him for a six and a four. The pair of Kohli and Du Plessis also brought up the 50-run stand as RCB reached 51/0 in 6 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav came into the attack and he was welcomed with a boundary by Virat Kohli. However, the bowler recovered well and gave just three singles in the next five balls. Mitchell Marsh comes to bowl the next over and he struck in consecutive balls. First, he got rid of Faf du Plessis for 45(32), who was caught in the deep by Axar Patel. He then dismissed Glenn Maxwell in the next ball, who was caught behind.
Virat Kohli completed his half-century in 42 balls as RCB reached 126/2 in 15 overs. Khaleel Ahmed fumbled but eventually managed to hold onto the ball as Mukesh Kumar got rid of Virat Kohli for 55(46). An expensive over by Ishant Sharma came to an end as Mahipal Lomror hit the pacer for a couple of fours. 14 runs came off it as RCB reached 151/3 in 17 overs. Mahipal Lomror hit a boundary against Mukesh Kumar to bring up his half-century. He took just 26 balls to reach the milestone. Nine runs came off the final over by Khaleel as RCB posted a challenging 181/4 in 20 overs. Mahipal Lomror returned unbeaten on 54(29).
Warner started the chase with a couple of boundaries as 10 runs came off the first over bowled by Siraj. RCB brought in Wanindu Hasaranga and he was welcomed with a maximum over the square leg fence. The spinner then got an inside edge off Phil Salt as the over proceeded but Dinesh Karthik failed to hold on to the ball. Warner then went to end over with another boundary as DC reached 41/0 after 4 overs.
Phil Salt continued his carnage as he smoked two sixes against Siraj, then followed with another boundary. The two also exchanged a few words before Warner calmed his teammate down. Mitchell Marsh ended the Hazlewood over with a boundary as Delhi Capitals gathered 70 runs for the loss of one wicket in the powerplay. Mahipal Lomror was introduced in the attack but the part-timer was not spared by Salt, who smoked him for a six and then hit him for a boundary. 13 runs came off his over as DC reached 115/1 in 10 overs.
Harshal Patel brings some respite in RCB camp as Mitchell Marsh fell for 26. Phil Salt welcomed Harshal Patel with a six and Riley Russow followed it up with two more sixes. A misfield at covers hurt RCB more as it resulted in another boundary. 24 runs came in the over as DC reached 150/2 in 13 overs. Karn Sharma got rid of Phil Salt, who was cleaned up by the spinner for 87(45). Axar Patel joined the proceedings and he opened his account with a SIX.
Rilee Rossouw finished the match in style as he hit Maxwell for a SIX over the mid-wicket fence. Delhi Capitals completed the stiff 182-run chase in 16.4 overs and won the match by seven wickets. Rilee Rossouw returned unbeaten on 35 off 22 balls.