Match 20, Bengaluru, April 15, 2023, 03:30 PM
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Capitals by 23 runs
Man of the Match
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Virat Kohli has been announced as the Player of the Match for scoring 50 of 34 balls and three well-taken catches.
Earlier, Bangalore got off to a good start courtesy of Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis with the former getting to his 47th half-century. There were contributions from Mahipal Lomror and Glenn Maxwell but at the halfway stage it seemed like the score would not be enough as Khaleel Ahmed initiated a collapse in the middle of their inning. However, the bowlers did a remarkable job to make this a comfortable win.
Bangalore looked pumped when they took the field to defend the target and their Impact Player Anuj Rawat pulled off a remarkable piece for fielding to get his team their first scalp. Wayne Parnell claimed a wicket in his first over conceding just one run and Mohammed Siraj was rewarded as well for some fiery bowling. Vyshak Vijay Kumar proved to be a surprise package as he claimed three wickets for 20 runs in his four overs and Mohammed Siraj ended with two under his belt. Wayne Parnell, Harshal Patel, and Wanindu Hasaranga all chipped in with a wicket each but would have liked to bowl their opponents but were unable to do so due to a stubborn 10th-wicket partnership between Anrich Nortje and Kuldeep Yadav.
Delhi got off to a disastrous start as they lost Prithvi Shaw on a duck as he looked to steal a dicey single. Things got worse for the visitors as Mitchell Marsh failed to trouble the scorers on his return to the side and Yash Dhull was trapped in front of the stumps the following over leaving their side reeling at 2 for the loss of three wickets. David Warner played a few good shots to get the momentum going but he too departed inside the Powerplay and the visitors were in a whole lot of trouble. Abishek Porel failed to make much of an impact as Manish Pandey fought a lone battle as he notched up a good half-century. Axar Patel played a decent cameo but once both of them departed, they were well behind the game.
A remarkable win for Bangalore brings them back on track after two consecutive losses! Their bowlers have bowled remarkably well to help them seal a 23-run win and the crowd looks to be ecstatic to see their side return to winning ways. A poor effort by Delhi as they succumb to their fifth consecutive loss and they are yet to get off the mark in this competition. They need to start changing things up at the earliest as the campaign looks to be steadily slipping out of their grasp.
In over# 20
Harshal Patel 32/1(4)
A dot ball to wrap up the inning, and Bangalore register their second win! Harshal Patel bowls this on a good length and angles it into the stumps. Kuldeep Yadav pushes at this and gets beaten on the inside edge. The ball just goes over the stumps. Bangalore win by 23 runs!
WIDE! Bowls this full and really wide outside off. Kuldeep Yadav tries to reach for this but misses. They umpire says it is beyond the tram line and calls this wide.
FOUR! Delhi bring up the 150 and this should fractionally help their net run rate! Harshal Patel goes full and on the pads. Kuldeep Yadav flicks this towards deep square leg and collects four runs.
Another slower ball bowled on a fullish length and outside off. Kuldeep Yadav looks to push this away but is early into the shot. Chips this towards deep cover for a couple of runs.
A slower delivery bowled really full and just outside the off pole. Kuldeep Yadav just about manages to get bat on this one.
Goes full this time and outside the off stump. Anrich Nortje drills this down to long on and collects a single.
FOUR! Anrich Nortje is proving some entertainment here! Harshal Patel bowls this short and outside the off stump. Anrich Nortje charges down the wicket and pulls this towards deep mid-wicket for one.
In over# 19
Wayne Parnell 28/1(4)
Bowls this short and outside the off pole. Anrich Nortje pulls this towards deep square leg for a single.
Full once again and in line with the stumps. Anrich Nortje is unable to get this one away as well.
Nails this yorker this time into the pads. Anrich Nortje looks to clip this leg side but just about manages to dig this out.
FOUR! Two in a row! Wayne Parnell bangs this short again and on middle, Anrich Nortje swivels and pulls it towards the deep square leg fence for another boundary.