DC and RCB qualify for Playoffs with KKR waiting for MI vs SRH result!
Galatta | Nov 03, 2020, 12:02 am
With today being the penultimate day of the league stage matches in IPL 2020, the high competitiveness of the the tournament ensured that we still didn't have any confirmed teams to play in the 4 Playoffs spots, except for MI! 4 teams are competing for the remaining 3 Playoffs spots and the winner of tonight's game would automatically go up to 2nd spot and be guaranteed 2 shots at playing the Finals! Shreyas Iyer won the toss and asked RCB to bat first. There were a couple of changes in both the sides and Padikkal and Philippe walking out to open the innings while Sams bowled the first over. The first 4 overs were uneventful, but Philippe fell to the 1st ball of the 5th over, giving Rabada a wicket off the first ball he bowled today. Padikkal showed to be in very good touch and he & Kohli took RCB to 40/1 in the Powerplay. The spin duo of Axar & Ashwin kept the scoring under check but just as Kohli began showing intent, Ashwin removed him to a good catch by Stonis. The going was very slow for RCB, very similar to the pitch.
Padikkal reached yet another 50, this time off 40 balls and RCB also crossed a 100 and went to 103/2, at the end of 15 overs. ABD walked out to a lot of expectations as the situation suited him perfectly. However, Nortje removed Padikkal and Morris in the same over, leaving RCB on 112/4 at the end of 16 overs. After a couple of low-scoring overs, the batsmen took toll of both Sams and Rabada, till the bowler got rid of Dube. With ABD at the crease, quite a finish was expected but he meekly got run-out, before Udana sliced out to Shreyas. DC had to score 153 to win and if they scored it in less than 17.3 Overs, then DC would qualify to play in the Playoffs and RCB's position would have been in danger! If DC win the match, but after 17.3 Overs, then RCB would qualify along with them and KKR's chances would be negated. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings for DC. Dhawan started off the chase with a couple of boundaries off Morris in the very first over.
Shaw then followed suit and hit a brace of boundaries, off Siraj's over but fell to a peach of a delivery. In walked Rahane and played able foil for Dhawan, who was putting away all the bad balls he was getting. Rahane too joined in and began freeying up his arms. At the end of the Powerplay, DC were 53/1 and needed just 100 from 84 balls! The two experienced batsment took DC to 81/1, at the end of the 10th over. Dhawan reached his 50 with a boundary, in the 12th over. As soon as Rahane entered the 40s with a 6, Dhawan got out to a careless stroke. With Morris no longer being able to bowl, RCB had to get one of their other bowlers to fill his quota. DC were not taking any risks and looking to win the match with a calm approach but Siraj got Shreyas to a mistimed shot off Siraj. Rahane had meanwhile silently racked up his own 50 but he too departed after reaching 60. Though the boundaries had dried up, the asking rate was not too high. Pant and Stoinis finished off things in style with 1 over & 6 wickets to spare. Anrich Nortje was adjudged the Player of the Match. DC qualified for the Playoffs and moved into 2nd place on the Points Table, ensuring that they got 2 shots at making into the final. DC will next face MI in the first Qualifier. KKR's future in the tournament would be determined by the outcome of tomorrow's match against MI and SRH. Stay tuned for updates...