Ajinkya Rahane’s classy 60(45) made sure that Delhi will play Mumbai in the first qualifier and will get two shots at reaching the final. The target in sight was just 153, and Delhi cruised to it with an over to spare.
Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to give it all they have in match number 55 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Monday. Both DC and RCB are stuck on 14 points from 13 matches with four and three consecutive losses respectively. Whoever wins the contest will finish second on the points table while the losing side will have to battle it out with multiple sides stuck on 14, with the net run rate coming into the equation.
Yet another heavy defeat to Delhi, their fourth in a row. Their batsmen struggled for momentum and could only put 110 on the board, which was no challenge for table toppers Mumbai as they steamrolled Delhi bowlers with Kishan leading the way with a fine knock of 72*(47).
Defending champions Mumbai Indians, who have confirmed their play-offs berth will be keen to continue their impressive run when they face Delhi Capitals in match number 51 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Saturday, the first game of the double-header. While Mumbai will go into the match high on confidence, Delhi have a few headaches to deal with as they are on a three-match losing streak. They purple patch during the first half of IPL 2020 now seems like distant memory.
David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha’s explosive knocks at the top put the Delhi Capitals in a state of shock from which they could never recover. Defending 219, Rashid cleaned up Delhi with figures of 3-7 as SRH’s playoff hopes are still alive,
The Kolkata Knight Riders put up a massive score of 194 courtesy a measured 81 by Rana and a quickfire 64 by Narine. Varun Chakravarthy spun a web around the DC’s middle order as he registered his career best figures of 5-20.
Punjab won their third match in a row, after beating the top three teams in the points table - Bangalore, Mumbai and now Delhi. Gayle and Pooran’s brutal cameos and some responsible batting from Maxwell meant that Punjab are still in the hunt for the playoffs race as they jumped to the 5th position in the points table.
We witnessed yet another thriller featuring the Delhi Capitals as they rolled past the Chennai Super Kings to top the points table. Chasing 180, Dhawan batted through while getting a century, but it was Axar Patel who smashed three sixes in the final over to guide them home.
Delhi Capitals will look to carry on their good form when then take on an inconsistent Chennai Super Kings in match number 34 of IPL 2020 at Sharjah in the evening game of the Saturday double-header. Delhi are one of the favourites to win the tournament, and are currently placed second with 12 points from eight games. CSK, on the other hand, are somehow hanging on, having registered three wins in eight matches. Every defeat from hereon will only take Chennai closer to the exit door.