Anmol Pundir

All down came to the last ball when Royal Challengers Bangalore chasing 165 needed 6 runs of the last ball. Questions pouring everywhere, whether Maxwell could have kept the strike and have a better chance to go for a super over or Bharat who was batting on 72 could also fence the ball over the boundary

Avesh Khan who was nailing Yorkers in the final over bowled a wide and RCB needed 5 runs of the last ball. Avesh Khan bowled a full toss on the stump and Bharat who had the intuition of bowler’s line swung his bat, got the elevation, and hit those 6 runs for his team.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals, the two teams who had qualified for the playoffs were playing match number 56 of the league at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Challengers won the toss and invited Capitals to bat first.

Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan who have often filled the shoes of the opening pair decently in the league did not disappoint and got 88 runs for their team in the first 10 overs. Royal Challengers who have often made a comeback in the middle overs again took the challenge and came back picking 3 quick wickets in 3 overs. Shreyas Iyer and Shimon Hetmyer added some valuable runs in last 7 overs to elevate DC’s score to 164.

Royal Challengers Bangalore who stands 3rd on the points table had a bizarre start after Anrich Nortje struck twice in his first 2 overs. Virat Kohli and DevduttPadikkal were now in the dugout and RCB still needed 159 runs. Royal Challengers Bangalore had a decent season in 2021 but there were still a lot of questions that needed to be answered before heading into playoffs.

RCB were too dependent on Maxwell and AB de Villiers was not able to bat enough balls to get into his rhythm, and here was AB de Villiers promoted above of Maxwell to bat at number 4. He held a 49 run partnership with Srikar Bharat, he was batting on 26 and went to hit the boundary on Axar Patel’s short ball but ended up giving a catch to Shreyas Iyer on deep mid-wicket.

RCB required 110 runs in 63 balls and, it was Delhi Capitals’ time to capitalize on the pressure created after ABD’s wicket but Maxwell’s attacking nature kept the required run rate check for RCB.

Bharat and Maxwell gave respect to nice balls but were nudging the poor deliveries. The momentum both the batters had on the pitch was accurate enough for Royal Challengers Bangalore to get over the target and DC were in the search of a wicket to create pressure on the opposition.

Capitals brought their wicket-taking bowlers into action but it was Bharat and Maxwell’s day at Dubai International stadium before everything came down to 15 runs of the last over. Maxwell on the strike hit a four on the first ball over mid-off, but the next 3 balls could only yield 3 runs for RCB. It was 8 runs of 2 balls and Avesh Khan who was nailing Yorkers bowled another accurate yorker resulting in 2 runs over mid-wicket.

Pundits had doubts over Maxwell keeping the strike as he was the better hitter to the ball but Khan trying to bowl another yorker delivered the ball down to the leg stump, giving one extra run to RCB. Bharat who was aware of the bowler’s line and length was ready to face another yorker but Khan bowled a full toss and Bharat did not miss the chance to hit it over long-on and enter the playoffs on a winning note.

RCB now have 18 points in their bag and will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the Playoffs on 11th October.

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