NEW DELHI, April 28: Delhi Capitals qualified for the IPL Playoffs for the first time since 2012 after a convincing 16-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Sunday.
Entertaining knocks from captain Shreyas Iyer (52 off 37) and Shikhar Dhawan (50 off 37) helped Delhi put up a daunting 187 for five before the bowlers delivered once again to stop the RCB at 171 for seven.
It was Delhi�s eighth win in 12 games, giving them the 16 points needed to seal a top-four berth. Chennai Super Kings were the first team to quality for the Playoffs.
On the other hand, it is all but over for the Virat Kohli-led RCB, following their eighth loss in 12 games.
With 62 needed off the last five overs, the Delhi bowling attack, led by spinners Amit Mishra (2/29) and Axar Patel (1/26), produced another commendable performance after RCB made a promising start.
RCB opener Parthiv Patel initially resisted the Delhi attack with aplomb, hitting a belligerent 39 off 20 balls with five boundaries and a six while Kohli seemed happy to play spectator at the non-striker�s end.
Although it was Delhi�s home game but when Kohli survived a caught behind call on 4, it seemed most of the fans had turned up to cheer for the Indian skipper, who did not disappoint and hit the very next ball for a towering six.
The Delhi bowlers replied strongly to the onslaught by the openers by dismissing the duo in quick succession, Kagiso Rabada scalped the wicket off Parthiv while Axar Patel accounted for Kohli (23 off 17), who was caught by Rutherford in the deep.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw c Parthiv Patel b Umesh 18, Shikhar Dhawan c W Sundar b Chahal 50, Shreyas Iyer c Kohli b W Sundar 52, Rishabh Pant lbw b Chahal 7, Colin Ingram c W Sundar b N Saini 11, Sherfane Rutherford not out 28, Axar Patel not out 16. Extras: (B-4, LB-1) 5. Total: (For 5 wickets, 20 overs) 187. Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-103, 3-127, 4-129, 5-141. Bowling: Umesh Yadav 4-0-39-1, Washington Sundar 4-0-29-1, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-41-2, Navdeep Saini 4-0-44-1, Marcus Stoinis 3-0-24-0, Shivam Dube 1-0-5-0.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel c Axar b Rabada 39, Virat Kohli c S Rutherford b Axar 23, AB de Villiers c Axar b S Rutherford 17, Shivam Dube c Dhawan b A Mishra 24, Heinrich Klaasen c Pant b A Mishra 3, Gurkeerat Singh Mann c Pant b Ishant 27, Marcus Stoinis not out 32, Washington Sundar c S Iyer b Rabada 1, Umesh Yadav not out 0. Extras: (LB-3, W-2) 5. Total: (For 7 wickets, 20 overs) 171. Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-68, 3-103, 4-108, 5-111, 6-160, 7-164. Bowling: Ishant Sharma 4-0-40-1, Axar Patel 4-0-26-1, Sandeep Lamichhane 3-0-36-0, Kagiso Rabada 4-0-31-2, Amit Mishra 4-0-29-2, Sherfane Rutherford 1-0-6-1. � PTI