Kohli’s lucky 99 to Rampaul’s epic Super Over: The best of RCB vs Delhi Capitals
Written by Arun Rawal

Published: April 10, 2020 5:52:47 pm

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The 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was initially scheduled to kick off on March 29. The unfold of the COVID-19 virus has resulted in an indefinite postponement with the likelihood of it being cancelled. So we’re reliving some of the best clashes between the franchises and standout performances. Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was set to be the blockbuster match of the day (April 10) as per the unique schedule.

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As per the unique schedule, Shreyas Iyer-led DC would have locked horns with Virat Kohli-led RCB. A combination of veterans and younger stars would have taken the sector. Alex Carey in his debut season, Shimron Hetmyer dealing with his ex-franchise for the primary time, Aaron Finch taking part in for one more franchise once more, and R Ashwin would have been at his aggressive best.

The Delhi and Bangalore franchises have been half of the IPL for the previous 12 years however haven’t ever received the league. Delhi haven’t ever reached the finals regardless of reaching playoffs 4 occasions, whereas RCB have reached the finals twice.

Under the management of Iyer, DC reached the playoffs after six years in 2019. Under Kohli, RCB have reached playoffs twice and the ultimate in 2016. But they’ve additionally completed on the backside of the desk twice.


Delhi has dominated over Bangalore within the early seasons however the latter began to notch up victories after a couple of seasons. Delhi have received eight matches, Bangalore have received 13 whereas one match didn’t yield a outcome due to rain interruption.

Games that went proper down to the wire:

McGrath reveals the way it’s performed (2008)

When the 2 groups went up in opposition to one another for the primary time, Virender Sehwag was captain of Delhi and Rahul Dravid of Bangalore. Batting first, Delhi received off to a terrific begin with Gautam Gambhir and Sehwag opening the innings. The skipper departed after a 12-ball 24 however Gambhir then shared a 98-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan. Gambhir scored 86 runs from 54 balls earlier than Zaheer Khan dismissed him. Dhawan scored a 33-ball 50 that had 4 fours and three sixes, serving to the facet publish 191/5.

As an experiment, Dravid despatched Praveen Kumar to open the innings with Wasim Jaffer to rating rapidly. However, the plan backfired as skilled Australian opening bowler Glenn McGrath received rid of each of them within the powerplay overs. Ross Taylor tried to pace issues up however fell sufferer to McGrath after scoring a 15-ball 29.

A partnership between Jacques Kallis and Dravid for the fourth wicket received them shut to the goal however McGrath got here again into the assault once more to get skipper’s wicket. Kallis departed quickly, succumbing to the strain after scoring 54 runs from 44 deliveries.

There was solely slightly Kohli might do when he got here to bat at No.7 and confronted only one supply within the run chase. RCB misplaced the match by 10 runs.

Dilshan scoops it out for Delhi (2009)

After profitable the toss and electing to bat first, RCB received off to a nasty begin, dropping Kallis for a duck and Robin Uthappa for simply three runs. RCB saved dropping wickets at common intervals. Skipper Kevin Pietersen, Taylor, Kohli and Boucher received begins however couldn’t convert them into huge scores as RCB managed to publish 149/7.

Chasing 150, Delhi misplaced Gambhir and Sehwag within the powerplay overs as Pankaj Singh struck twice with the brand new ball. Then Tillakaratne Dilshan took cost of the run chase. AB de Villiers struggled in opposition to the spin and will rating simply 21 runs. Dinesh Karthik was dismissed within the 16th over leaving 43 runs to be scored within the final 4 overs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan (Express Archive)

Dilshan took on Kallis within the 17th over and reached his half-century with a six. He then hit two extra boundaries to launch the strain. With Mithun Manhas contributing from the opposite finish with a 13-ball 23, Delhi chased down the goal with 4 balls to spare. Dilshan remained unbeaten on 67 from 46 deliveries.

Vettori’s brigade stops Delhi’s Hopes (2011)

It was one of James Hopes’ best IPL performances. David Warner was dismissed cheaply and Sehwag was run out thanks to AB de Villiers’ athleticism. Hopes got here to bat at No.three and batted until the penultimate over, and ended with 54 runs from 43 deliveries. Irfan Pathan’s two sixes within the dying overs helped Delhi publish 160/6.

RCB obtained an early blow within the tough run chase as Dilshan was dismissed on a golden duck by Ashoke Dinda. But Chris Gayle and Kohli then took over. Gayle departed for 26 within the eighth over thanks to Hopes with required run fee simply above six runs per over. In the following over, de Villiers was run out by Warner. Kohli reached his half-century from 31 deliveries however was dismissed for 56.

RCB wanted 22 runs from three overs and had been seven wickets down. But skipper Daniel Vettori and tailender Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad  (with a 10-ball 13) took RCB to victory with three balls to spare.

Rampaul pulls off Super Over heist (2013)

Skipper Kohli received the toss and elected to area first. A superb bowling effort from the RCB restricted Delhi for 152/5. It was Kedar Jadhav’s 16-ball 29 and Irfan Pathan’s 8-ball 19 within the dying overs that helped Delhi publish a combating whole. After dropping Gayle and KL Rahul early within the powerplay overs, Kohli and de Villiers took over the run chase. Their 103-run partnership for the third-wicket put RCB within the driver’s seat however the South African’s wicket turned the tide.

RCB suffered a batting collapse and Kohli tried to end it off, however Umesh Yadav dismissed him within the penultimate over. Kohli had scored 65 from 50 deliveries. RCB wanted 15 runs from eight balls. Caribbean bowler Ravi Rampaul turned out to be the unlikely hero for RCB as he managed to rating 12 runs from seven deliveries, levelling the scores.

In the tremendous over, de Villiers’ two sixes off Yadav helped RCB rating 15 runs. Delhi despatched out Warner and Pathan however Rampaul dismissed the Australian off the primary ball. Delhi then despatched Ben Rohrer as an alternative of the in-form Jadhav. Pathan smashed a 4 and 6, however Rohrer couldn’t join with the ball and ended up getting bowled off the final supply.

Kohli’s lucky 99 (2013)

After Cheteshwar Pujara and Gayle had been dismissed within the powerplay overs, Kohli stabilised the innings with Australia’s Moises Henriques. De Villiers was pushed down the order, however he and Kohli wreaked havoc within the final 4 overs. After his half-century, Kohli ran amok and hit Yadav for 3 sixes and a boundary within the 18th over. In the final over he wanted 24 runs to hit a maiden IPL hundred however fell brief by one run as he was run out. de Villiers remained unbeaten with a 17-ball 32. Yadav bowled his costliest IPL spell ever, leaking 65 runs in 4 overs.

Delhi by no means seemed in management of the chase, dropping wickets recurrently. Unmukt Chand top-scored with 41 whereas Warner batting at No.four scored simply 4 runs. Jaydev Unadkat took 5 wickets for 24 runs, exhibiting why he’s one of the best-paid Indian bowlers in IPL historical past. Towards the top, Pathan and Morne Morkel virtually pulled it off, however the South African was dismissal ended any hopes of a win. RCB received the match by 4 runs, their second win over Delhi within the 2013 season.

Performances that stood out

Gayle’s huge hundred (2012)

The Feroz Shah Kotla was hit by a Gaylestorm in 2012. Gayle punished each bowler as carried his bat by way of the inning with an unbeaten 128 from 62 deliveries. His century featured seven fours and 13 humongous sixes. The self-proclaimed Universe Boss had assist from the opposite finish as Kohli scored an unbeaten 73 serving to RCB publish 215/1 within the first inning. The guests received the match by 21 runs with Zaheer and Kerala bowler Prasanth Parameswaran taking three wickets every.

Total crew effort to demolish Delhi (2015)

Delhi Daredevils had been humbled by RCB’s bowling assault at dwelling. Jadhav top-scored with 33 whereas eight batsmen registered single-digit scores. Australian fast Mitchell Starc took three wickets, Varun Aaron and David Weise took two wickets. Domestic gamers Harshal Patel and Iqbal Abdulla picked a wicket every. Delhi had been bundled out for 95, their lowest rating in opposition to RCB. The goal was chased down simply, with 57 balls to spare.

Quin’ton’ blows RCB away (2016)

South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock opened the innings within the 192-run chase. Despite the wickets of Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson falling, de Kock dominated most of the RCB bowlers. The Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman scored 108 runs from 51 deliveries, his maiden IPL century. His quickfire century helped Delhi win the match by seven wickets with 5 balls to spare.

Unstoppable ABD! (2018)

Delhi would have backed themselves to win the match after Iyer’s 52 and Pant’s 48-ball 85 took them to 174/5. The wickets of RCB openers de Kock and Manan Vohra within the powerplays overs adopted by Kohli’s wrestle to time the ball solely made that appear extra doubtless. But de Villiers appeared unstoppable on that day. He demolished the Delhi bowling lineup with an unbeaten 39-ball 90, serving to RCB chase down the entire with two overs to spare. De Villiers smashed 10 fours and 5 sixes.

Rabada slays giants (2019)

The South African speedster made his presence felt by ending a possible Kohli-ABD partnership. Rabada got here again later and eliminated Kohli, Akashdeep Nath and Pawan Negi in a single over to finish RCB’s plans to speed up within the dying overs. He took 4 wickets for 21 runs as RCB managed simply 149/8. Delhi Capitals chased it down with seven balls to spare.

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