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RCB vs DC, 55th Match at Abu Dhabi, IPL, Nov 02 2020 - Ball by Ball Commentary

55th Match (N), Abu Dhabi, November 02, 2020, Indian Premier League
(19/20 ov, T:153) 154/4

DC won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

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end of over 1916 runs
DC: 154/4CRR: 8.10 
Rishabh Pant8 (7b 1x4)
Marcus Stoinis10 (5b 1x6)
Mohammed Siraj 3-0-29-1
Washington Sundar 4-0-24-1

9:44pm And that is it from tonight! A frenzied last couple of days has come down to a simple equation before the final league match of the season: A win takes SRH through, a loss for them takes KKR through. We'll see you tomorrow. Good night!

Anrich Nortje: I think, I say it time and time again, just the basics. We just had a couple of guys doing the basics right. It wasn't one guy doing something special. Small things started feeling a little better again, the rhythm. Spoke to KG and he said the same as well. We were speaking about the bigger boundaries, maybe try and hit them there. At the start it's difficult. So just try and use the conditions. There was a little bit of dew at the end of our bowling innings, so just try and use the conditions. Yorker would have been the go-to options, but I just thought let's just try and change it up. Especially for the new guys, it's difficult picking length coming in.

Anrich Nortje is the Man of the Match.

Shreyas Iyer: Chuffed with the performance. We knew it was a do or die and we just focused on the win, not NRR. The teams who won in the latter half completely changed the scenario. It's a really competitive tournament for sure. I feel that the bowlers were really up with their plans and knew what they had to execute. We had a few sessions back in the hotel and the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and it worked out today. Mumbai are one of the best teams in the tournament. We need to keep things simple, that's what we discussed in the meetings. Stick to the basics. The more you keep things simple, the easier it gets.

Ajinkya Rahane: Ricky told me when we came here that I would bat No. 3. It's a good number to bat on. Luckily we restricted them to 152. In the end it was all about having a partnership with Shikhar and it worked out. It was all about playing with intent and getting that partnership going. We were not thinking too much about any target, just batting with intent. It was disappointing to get out. I wanted to finish the team. We know how funny this game is. But in the end good to win this game and qualify.

Virat Kohli: It's a mixed bag. you come to games to try and get a result your way. Through probably the 11th over, the 17.3 mark was informed by the management. Even if the game was drifting away, we controlled the middle overs well enough. I think we've played good enough cricket in this tournament to qualify. We have two games to the final now. We can be more brave in the back end, probably be better in the powerplay (with the ball) which has been our strength. You take what you can with these games.

9:22pm Delhi will breathe easy. It's been a hard path into this final league game for them, four losses in a row. But they did the job with the ball and gave themselves a fairly comfortable target to chase. Not a lot of risks needed, and a chase tailor-made for someone like Rahane, who kept them ticking as Dhawan reverted to his rollicking form after coming into this with two consecutive ducks. The first qualifier fixture is confirmed: Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals in Dubai. This is the second consecutive season that Delhi are through to the playoffs. RCB will play one of KKR and SRH in the Eliminator at this venue.

Siraj to Pant, FOUR runs

top edge clears the keeper and Delhi Capitals will get two shots at the final. Short ball across the corridor, looks for the pull again but that is too high for him

Siraj to Pant, no run

short and across the corridor. Inside edge onto his body saves him from being bowled. Trickles out to the keeper

Siraj to Stoinis, 1 run

full and just outside off, mistimed slog down to long-on along the floor

Shashwat: "Poor chahal...being blamed for being short...cruel game is cricket!!"

Siraj to Stoinis, 2 runs

short of a length and wide outside off. Hammered on the up to sweeper's right

Siraj to Stoinis, 1 wide

short and down leg side, beaten on the whip

Siraj to Stoinis, SIX runs

just over Chahal at deep square! Kohli brings out the teapot. He reckons that should have been taken. Short and up at the chest. Top edge on the pull and it hangs despairingly in the air as Chahal takes a few steps back. Flicks his index finger and is over the line

Siraj to Pant, 1 run

short and at leg stump, has a massive heave and miscues the pull to deep backward square

Siraj to Pant, 1 wide

good length and wide outside off, left alone

15 off 13. This is the IPL for twists at the end. Can Siraj provide it? He's over the wicket.

end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 138/4CRR: 7.66 RRR: 7.50
Marcus Stoinis1 (2b)
Rishabh Pant3 (4b)
Washington Sundar 4-0-24-1
Shahbaz Ahmed 4-0-26-2

ajay kashyap: "Now Bangalore also past the line that keeps them alive, mathematically ;)" --- It's official now, Delhi and Bangalore are both in the playoffs. This battle is now for second place. And KKR need SRH to lose tomorrow to qualify.

Sundar to Stoinis, no run

good length and just outside off, punched to extra cover off the back foot

Sundar to Pant, 1 run

good length and just outside off, punched to long-off

Sundar to Pant, no run

short of a length and gets stuck between Pant's legs as he misses on the pull. LBW appeal is turned down. He's around the wicket and that's probably going down

Monty: "Whoever was complaining about DC not making this match interesting enough, your wish is coming true with those wickets."

Sundar to Stoinis, 1 run

good length on leg stump, clipped to deep midwicket off the back foot

Sundar to Rahane, OUT

steered straight to short third. Short of a length and across middle stump. Tries to use the angle to play the reverse lap. It comes off the top edge and is an easy take. Rahane's put them on the brink, can't take them over

Ajinkya Rahane c Dube b Washington Sundar 60 (46b 5x4 1x6) SR: 130.43

There hasn't been a boundary since Dhawan got out

BeardGuy: "Praise Shahbaz! (See what I did there?)"

Sundar to Rahane, 2 runs

good length on leg stump, steps out and drags that to deep midwicket's left

Sundar around

end of over 176 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 134/3CRR: 7.88 RRR: 6.33
Ajinkya Rahane58 (44b 5x4 1x6)
Rishabh Pant2 (2b)
Shahbaz Ahmed 4-0-26-2
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-29-0

That's Delhi past the line that keeps them alive, mathematically

Shahbaz Ahmed to Rahane, 1 run

full on middle stump, driven down to long-on with the angle

Shahbaz Ahmed to Pant, 1 run

good length and pushed across off stump. Steps out and slices to sweeper

Shahbaz Ahmed to Rahane, 1 run

good length on leg stump, leans in and flicks to deep midwicket

Arumugham GR: "Are we asking a team that lost 4 consecutive matches and playing for its life in the tournament to be aggressive to eliminate the other team?"

Shahbaz Ahmed to Pant, 1 run

full and into leg stump, jabbed to midwicket's left

Shahbaz Ahmed to Shreyas Iyer, OUT

drags it straight to long-on. Good length and holding in the pitch outside off. Reaches out and looks to clear the straight boundary. It comes off the inside half

Shreyas Iyer c Mohammed Siraj b Shahbaz Ahmed 7 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77
Shahbaz Ahmed to Shreyas Iyer, 1 wide

good length and pushed wide outside off, left alone

Shahbaz Ahmed to Rahane, 1 run

good length and wide outside off, under-edge on the drive to extra cover's left

Shahbaz to complete

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