Twitter Reactions: DC qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2012; knock RCB out as well
RCB tried their best but DC were too good on the day.
Updated - Apr 28, 2019 7:43 pm
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have been officially knocked out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). They lost to the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 16 runs while chasing the mammoth total of 188 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. The Capitals, with the victory, have qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and have also climbed to the top of the table.
The chase began superbly for RCB with Parthiv Patel attacking every bowler that came his way in the powerplay. The visitors raced to the fifty-run mark in the fifth over and it also turned out to be their fastest this season. Patel also smacked Kagiso Rabada for a couple of fours but got out to the same bowler in the sixth over but not before scoring 39 off 20 balls.
Virat Kohli also got to a start but he missed a short ball from Axar Patel and was holed out in the deep. Sherfane Rutherford’s golden arm got the huge wicket of AB de Villers and RCB collapsed from being 103/2 to 111/5 with Shivam Dube getting out. Marcus Stoinis and Gurkeerat Mann though took the game deep and the equation came down to 30 off the last two overs.
But Ishant Sharma bowled a game-changing penultimate over and he also picked the latter’s wicket to leave 26 runs for Rabada to defend. The South African was never going to concede those many as the RCB fell short of the target by 16 runs. They could only reach 171 runs for the loss of seven wickets and are knocked out of the IPL now.
Dhawan and Iyer slam half-centuries
Earlier, DC got off to a brilliant start courtesy Shikhar Dhawan. The left-hander has gained form at the right time for his team and most importantly, he has been consistent in the last few matches. Dhawan slammed a half-century with five fours and a couple of sixes before getting out to Yuzvendra Chahal. His opening partner Prithvi Shaw endured another failure this season and he could only muster 18 runs off 10 balls.
Shreyas Iyer once again played a superb knock for his team. He stitched a 65-run partnership for the second with Dhawan and kept his team ahead in the game. But as the pitch slowed down in the second half of the innings, the wickets started to fall. DC lost Rishabh Pant and Iyer both in the space of four deliveries and their hopes of getting to a decent total were dashed.
But RCB’s poor death bowling led to the home team scoring 46 runs in the last three overs. Sherfane Rutherford and Axar Patel hit some lusty blows off Navdeep Saini and Umesh Yadav’s bowling to propel the team’s total to 187 runs for the loss of five wickets. The score was eventually enough as RCB became the first team to be knocked out.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Nitin (@viratfanalways) April 28, 2019
— Ramiro (@ramkumar789rk) April 28, 2019
Stoinis is the most useless Aussie in IPL, can't accelerate at all #DCvRCB
— I am IronMan (@TheAceGuy_) April 28, 2019
Why kohli has gave many chances to Stoinis? He never try to play big shots when his team required 12runs per over. Today RCB once again lost match from winning position.
Man of the Match should be given to Stoinis for hi selfish knock.#DCvRCB
— Love (@FLove1695) April 28, 2019
@MStoinis RCB looses because of this man Stoinis! Never had the intent to score runs and go big? Was that funny for you standing and posing there n not going for the big shots? Unless you are MSD who will score 24 in an over – never looked like you're playing for winning
— Twinkle Ghai (@TwinkleGhai) April 28, 2019
#DCvRCB m stoinis wht r u doing there you go there and play in Attacking cricket shorts not for 1/2 runs till 20th over you not going for big shorts just single.. Can't understand? You are not Msd last over 26 runs hitted.
— Nayan Darji. (@nayandarjidenap) April 28, 2019
— Bhavik (@Bhavik24716038) April 28, 2019
@RCBTweets Great Knock by Stoinis. Playing for his average and letting the team down. Bravo….
— Johnjay (@Johnjay4u) April 28, 2019
Stoinis' only point playing IPL is to increase his batting average.
— arfan. (@Im__Arfan) April 28, 2019
STOINIS now playing for NRR when they need him to win, someone should tell him RCB are out of the tournament lol
— Karthik (@karthik5_) April 28, 2019
Stoinis's intent today with the bat was similar to Jadeja's in 3rd ODI vs Australia. Horrible. No intent to score #DCvRCB
— Saurabh (@SteynGun_) April 28, 2019
Muddled thinking of RCB has cost them the match again. Wonder what's the logic of holding stoinis so late in the order, match was getting tight… #RCB
— சுரேஸ் ரா (@rrsuresh) April 28, 2019
Delhi Capitals. New name…new game. Finally….a good year in #IPL. ☺️🙌
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 28, 2019
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 28, 2019
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 28, 2019