Last night was definitely one of the most entertaining and thrilling nights of IPL 2021. Two very important matches took place at the same time in Sheikh Zayed Stadium and Dubai International Stadium. While the match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad made the key decision of which team is about to enter the playoffs, the other match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi capitals was all about increasing the points and NRR and securing their position at the top of the table. We are just 3 matches away from the mega final of IPL 2021.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals
Thriller! Anticipation! Suspense!
These three words absolutely justify the last night’s game between RCB and DC. Starting from DC’s opening to RCB’s last over in the second innings, every moment was intriguing and entertaining.
The First Innings from DD:
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and decided to bowl first. Both the openers of Delhi capitals Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan were thrashing boundaries all over and scored a good amount of runs in the first 10 overs. RCB failed to pick a single wicket in the first 10 overs and in the first ball of 11th over Harshal Patel, the Purple cap holder netted the big fish, Shikhar Dhawan. Next at 11.2 over Yuzvendra Chahal send Prithvi Shaw back to the pavilion with 101 runs on the scoreboard. The third wicket of captain, Rishabh pant was the major turn of the night. Next batters, Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer scored 18 and 29 respectively before getting out. Overall Delhi Capitals aggregated 164 with a great performance by their openers.
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The Nail-biting Chase from RCB:
In the second innings of the match, Delhi Capitals started with a bang as Anrich Nortje sent Devdutt Padikkal back with a duck at the 5th ball of the first over. Also, the captain Virat Kohli went out at 2.1 over after scoring only four runs. With such as disappointing performance by the openers, RCB had a good chance of losing the match. But then came Srikar Bharat to turn the match in RCB’s favor. AB de Villiers also played a few knocks and scored 26 runs in 26 balls.
The most important part of the chase was played by Srikar Bharat and Glenn Maxwell. The man of the match Srikar Bharat aggregated 78 runs in 52 balls including 4 sixes and 3 fours. Whereas Glenn Maxwell smashed a half-century with 8 fours. The last over was such a stressful and nail-biting moment as RCB needed 15 runs. Maxwell started the over with a four and Srikar Bharat ended the thrilling final over with a six. Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Capitals by 7 wickets and are now at the 3rd position on the IPL points table. Even after losing the last qualifiers, Delhi Capitals is still at the top of the table.
Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad:
This qualifier was probably the most important match for Mumbai Indians. A lot was dependent on the performance of Mumbai Indians that night as the fourth position of playoffs was vacant and someone between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians had to fill it up.
The First Innings from MI:
The captain Rohit Sharma and the young batter Ishan Kishan opened the first innings and from the very first over, Ishan Kishan made sure to bring a huge storm of boundaries on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Mumbai Indians reached the mark of 80 runs even before the 6th over and the credit goes to none other than Ishan Kishan. In the initial matches of the second leg, Ishan Kishan was not performing well and was even not included in the team once. But the 23-year-old proved his caliber last night and aggregated 84 runs in just 32 balls including 11 fours and 4 sixes. Another star of the night was Surya Kumar Yadav who scored 82 runs in just 40 balls after having a very disappointing IPL. With the immense contribution of these two Indian batters, Mumbai Indians ended the first innings with 235 runs on the scoreboard.
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The hard chase from SRH:
The match was of no use for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they are at the 8th position of the table but their performances had the power of choosing the 4th spot of the playoffs. Sunrisers Hyderabad openers, Jason Roy and Abhishek Sharma started the match but went out soon with 34 runs and 33 runs respectively. Then Manish Pandey came to bat and scored 69 runs effortlessly in just 41 balls. Overall Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to score 193 runs with the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs and lost the match. Ishan Kishan was awarded the player of the match. Kolkata Knight Riders book their spot into the playoffs and will be facing Royal Challengers Bangalore on 11th October.
The IPL 2021 Points Table:
All the qualifying matches came to an in last night and finally, we got to know about all the four teams playing in the playoffs to book a ticket to the finals. The table topper Delhi capitals will be locking horns against Chennai Super Kings (2nd position at the table) on 10th October. The second playoffs will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore (3rdd position at the table) and Kolkata Knight Riders (4th position at the table) on 11th October.
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