Abu Dhabi: Delhi Capitals (DC) won the ‘do or die’ match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 6 wickets. Half-centuries of Dhawan and Rahane helped DC clinch victory from RCB scoring 154 runs at a loss of 4 wicket.
DC's openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw had a good start with multiple boundaries taking the team's total score to 19 before the end of 2nd over. However, Shaw departed in the 5th ball of 2nd over. Mohammed Siraj bowled him while he scored 9 runs off 5 balls.
Ajinkya Rahane joined Dhawan after fall of the team's first wicket. The duo had a steady partnership and scored 1 runs by the end of powerplay.
Strengthening their partnership further, the duo took the team's total score to 81 by the halfway with loss of one wicket.
Meanwhile, Dhawan scored a half-century, but, Shahbaz Ahmed dismissed him in the 13th over. Dhawan could score 54 runs off 40 balls.
Next, it was Rahane who scored a half-century.
But, Shahbaz dismissed DC skipper Shreyas Iyer in the 17th over. Iyer could score only 9 runs, while the team's score was 130.
Next it was Rahane who departed scoring 60 runs off 45 balls. Washington Sundar took the big wicket.
However, Rishab Pant and Marcus Stoini took over the burden and helped team to achieve the winning target. Rishab scored 8 runs off 7 balls while Stoinis scored 10 runs off 5 deliveries and the duo remained unbeaten.
DC scored 154 runs at a loss of 4 wickets with 6 balls left.
Earlier in the match, South African fast bowling duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje shared five wickets to help Delhi Capitals restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 152/7 wickets in 20 overs in their last league match of the Indian Premier League PL here on Monday.
Nortje took three wickets for 33 while Rabada took two for 30 as RCB found the going tough.
Opener Devdutt Padikkal made 50 off 41 balls with five fours while AB de Villiers scored 35 off 21 deliveries.
Skipper Vira Kohli made 29 and shared a 57-run partnership for the second wicket with Padikkal.
Delhi capitals had won the toss and elected to field.
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Josh Philippe, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Ahmed, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal