And Harshal Patel marks his return to the IPL with a win. Length ball outside leg, and whipped to fine leg. Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 16 runs
That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. See you tomorrow for Super Sunday. Our homepage has all the analysis from the afternoon game, and soon enough you'll have our breakdown of the evening game too! On behalf of Sid Monga and Venkat Raghav, this is Sreshth Shah saying ta-da!
Dinesh Karthik is the POTM: "I have bigger goals. I've been working really hard. My aim is to do something special for the country. This is part of my journey. I am doing everything I can to be part of the India team. Feels good to know that people associate calmness with me. Positions and calmness comes from preparation. Shahbaz is a special player, he will do special things as a player. He is up for a challenge. He can hit the ball a long way."
Winning captain Faf du Plessis: I think it is important from a top-order perspective that we contribute runs. We haven't as a top order, but the other guys are doing so. Batting is tricky up front, but the way Maxi put pressure back on them was vital. But to get 190 you needed a special innings, and credit goes to the two boys Shahbaz and DK. We felt like we haven't been as good as we would've liked at death bowling, so today we had a special plan. It was pretty wet out there, and the start they had, many teams would fall away. But we stuck around. A good win. Experience is nice because you can trust players when it is going well and when it is not going well. The way DK is playing at the moment, I may sound like a broken record, but he is playing the best he has ever. He is so clear, calm and composed. We considered batting first tonight, but the dew is a factor."
For those with a keen eye, you may have noticed that the two teams did not shake hands. Remember, Capitals physio Patrick Farhart tested Covid positive recently.
Thomas: "Never thought I'd see the day when RCB's middle order wins them almost every game!"
Hariharan: "Pant calling Marsh's slow scoring as key reason for defeat. WOW! Didn't HE MISSED A REGULATION CATCH BEHIND STUMPS when DK WAS @ 5 runs ! PHEW !"
Josh Hazlewood: Tonight it was a wicket lovely for batting in first six. As the game went on, we bowled well, took the pace off. It's all about adapting to conditions on the night. Change of pace is important for me and also sequencing it right through the over. I think dots are really when batters feel pressure, so we want to get back-to-back dots. We've tried the yorker last game, but it all depends on the conditions. Sometimes it rewards yorkers, sometimes it doesn't. Today wasn't that kind of day. Since coming in, the atmosphere is great. We are a side who moves well in the field."
Shivang: "This is what happens when you let go off players like Shreayas,rabada,Avesh and Stoinis who have been backbone of this DC setup....as poor as MI from DC at the auctions"
11.25pm Kohli, du Plessis and Maxwell congregate to congratulate each other. It has been a miraculous defense of a total. First the 190 target thanks to DK-Shahbaz, and then the recovery after how Shaw and Warner started in the chase.
Rishabh Pant, losing captain: "Warner batted beautifully and gave us every chance to win this match. We could've batted better in the middle overs. Can't blame Marsh also, since it is his first game. He looked rusty, but it's part and parcel of the game. I think we could've bowled according to our plans but we were slightly under the pump from DK in the latter half. I've said before too, we've got to learn from our mistakes."
The RCB flags begin to flutter around the ground.
full on leg stump. Kuldeep wants to play a cover drive, but inside edged to fine leg instead
short of a length on middle and leg. Swivels to pull behind square, and it very nearly goes for six!
good length, outside off and angling across. Kuldeep swings across the line and misses out. Mathematically, Royal Challengers have the game in the bag
Kuldeep trying to innovate but can't connect. Tried to use the back of the bat to ramp it over the keeper, but can't connect
nudged past the keeper for four. Good length, outside leg, and gently placed to short fine leg with soft hands
Mathematically, it is still game on. Harshal.
four for Josh? Not today! Another short ball to end his day. Axar goes for the pull. Sliced in the air, and the ball falls between the bowler and keeper as both try to get under it for a catch. 3 for 28 for Hazlewood
full toss, quite wide outside off stump. Slapped to backward point for a single
slapped in front of square to keep Capitals' slender hopes of a win alive. Hazlewood offers width, and Axar climbs into a cut in front of square!
fullish outside off. Cut in front of square for one
cutter. Fullish outside off. Angling across. Tries to get bat on ball but can't
How's the Josh? It's high for Royal Challengers as JH takes his third. Starts the over the short ball on a stump to stump line. Shardul goes for the pull, and it's been sliced high up. DK calls for the catch and takes it from point
Murali Krishnan: "DK while Batting, VK while Fielding and A Big OK from RCB fan. "
full just outside off stump. Shardul targets cow corner again with another leg-side swipe. Could be four, but Kohli is straighter this time. Runs to his left to stop the ball
finds cow corner! Harshal errs by bowling a full toss on off stump. Shardul clears the front leg, has a proper swing across the line, and has enough power to clear the boundary by a few metres!
A dot ball. Rolls his fingers over this fullish ball outside off stump. Thakur swings somewhat blindly with minimal footwork. Ball goes under the bat, on the bounce to DK
Phani: "This guy Harshal Patel is made of steel.Despite losing someone so close he turns up for a match.There were instances earlier as well, SRT, Virat, et al.Hats off to your love for the game."
shin-high full toss on off stump. Drilled past the non-striker to long off for just a single. Harshal escapes without much damage
full and wide outside off. Shardul throws his bat at this, and toe-ends a lofted shot that could've seen him hole out at long off. But the ball falls a few feet short of the fielder on the boundary line
length ball, drags it wide outside off stump. They collect the extra run
good length outside leg and angling into his pads. Punched to deep midwicket for one
ESPNcricinfo's Forecaster gives Capitals less than 5% chance of a win.
no man's land is where this ball goes after Siraj bowls short and Shardul slices the pull. Ball flies over Siraj, and lands around mid on where there's nobody. Axar has strike
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Delhi Capitals, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||16 April 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Delhi Capitals 0|