Royal Challengers Bangalore snuck into the play-offs after Mumbai Indians broke the hearts of Delhi Capitals with a five-wicket win in their final IPL match here on Saturday. Already out of action, MI played the revelers as they first limited DC to 159 for 7 with Jasprit Bumrah breaking three wickets, then came back to overhaul the target in 19.1 overs to eliminate the 2020 finalists from the tournament.
While Ishan Kishan (48) and Dewald Brevis (37) kept MI in the chase, it was Tim David’s 11-ball, 34-point cameo that brought the five-time champions back into the chase. Tilak Varma also contributed with a crucial 17-ball 21.
With MI at 95 for 3 in 14.3 overs, DC skipper Rishabh Pant made a strategic mistake by refusing to go for DRS after David notched the first ball of his innings, but the umpire on the pitch didn’t let him down. It came back to haunt DC as David slammed fours and sixes at will to bring the equation down to 15-for-14. Ramandeep then provided the finishing touch with a six-ball 13.
DC finished with 14 points to stay in fifth place, while RCB joined Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants in the play-offs with 16 points. Defending the aggregate, left arm tailor Khaleel Ahmed looked in good pace as he netted two sensational opening overs, conceding just 2. He played completely outside the stump to confuse the openers , mainly Rohit Sharma (2).
Anrich Nortje finally put an end to Rohit’s struggle with the MI skipper who managed a halfway mark. Ishan and Brevis then added 51 runs on 37 balls but Kuldeep Yadav (1/33) broke partnership with David Warner taking a nice hold to get rid of the former.
Brevis took the attack against the opposition and broke two sixes and a four on Kuldeep, who could have had it, but skipper Pant dropped a keeper in the 12th to add to the bowler’s agony. However, Brevis dragged one on his stumps as MI slipped to 95 for 3 in the 15th.
After that, it was a show of David hitting a six over the wicket halfway through Shardul Thakur. David and Varma hit a four and a six to rack up 13 runs on the 16th. Khaleel then conceded 17 with David breaking a four and a six.
Needing 29 balls from 18, David beat Shardul for two maximums and also completed the fifty run stand to reduce the equation to 15 balls from 13. Thakur eventually retired David, who hit a full shot at Prithvi Shaw to an extra blanket, but by then it was too late.
Earlier, opting for the field, MI bowlers, led by Bumrah (3/25), left DC faltering at 50 for 4 from 8.4 overs, but Rovman Powell and skipper Pant (39 from 33 balls) had shared 75 of 44 balls to resurrect innings and take to a decent total. Daniel Sams (1/30) and Riley Mereditch (0/9 in 2 overs) played well, as did the spin duo of Mayank Markande (1/26) and Hrithik Shooken (0/34).
Ramandeep Singh (2/29 in 2 overs) also managed to scalp two wickets. Coming back after recovering from a bout of typhoid, Shaw (24) looked in good contact, but Sams made the first breakthrough when he had Warner caught by Bumrah on the short third man.
Bumrah then turned the heat by finding Mitchell Marsh’s outside edge for the first time with Rohit taking a low hold, then came back to dismiss Shaw with an unplayable bouncer. It was time for Markande to shine next as Sarfaraz Khan clipped one outside the stump to see DC crumble to 50 for four in the ninth.
With Shokeen and Markande bowling in tandem, DC scored its lowest midterm total this season – 55 for four. As Pant dropped anchor, Powell exploded on the 12th, smashing Shokeen for two highs and a four to pick up 20 points.
Markande was next as Powell had long laid him down, before MI conceded a bye four. Meredith threw a close game, conceding just two.
Ramandeep then played three wide and conceded a six and a four before taking the wicket from Pant on his final ball. Powell then fired Bumrah to a deep square leg, while Axar Patel (19 not out) produced a timely six against Sams.
However, Bumrah produced his toe-crushing yorker to disrupt Powell’s woods and nearly had another wicket, only if Brevis could have held onto a one-handed catch. Ramandeep took a wicket in the final which gave 11 runs.