IPL 2020, Match 19: A look at the records scripted as DC trump RCB
Delhi Capitals continue their fine run in the Indian Premier League this season. This was their fourth win in five matches, as they reclaim the number one spot. Meanwhile, for Royal Challengers Bangalore, this was their second loss in five matches, as they stay on the third.
Delhi Capitals (DC) produced an uplifting performance, as they tamed Royal Challengers Bangalore by a whopping 59 runs in Match 19 of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), in Dubai, on Monday. This was DC's fourth win in five matches, as they rose to the top spot again.
Match report: Winning the toss, RCB skipper Virat Kohli elected to bowl first. The decision ricocheted, as the DC openers contributed to a 68-run opening stand. While Shikhar Dhawan scored 32, Prithvi Shaw entertained with a 23-ball 42. It was later followed by a fashionable innings from Rishabh Pant (37), while Marcus Stoinis's unbeaten 26-ball 53 allowed DC to post a challenging total of 196/4.
In reply, the RCB batsmen succumbed to the pressure of the total right from the start, as they lost their opening three wickets within the powerplay itself. Although skipper Virat Kohli played a patient knock of 43, it wasn't enough, as the other batsmen just could not do their part. Kagiso Rabada's 4/24 was too much to handle for RCB, as they lost by a huge margin of 59 runs, while some interesting records were scripted in the process.
Kohli- The Master: Kohli could not steer his side to a win tonight. However, he did register a personal landmark, as he scored 9,000 T20 runs. In the process, he became the seventh batsman in the world to do so, besides being the second Asian, after Shoaib Malik, and the first Indian. He is also the second-fastest to reach the feat, in 270 innings, behind Chris Gayle (249).
Pant and Rabada script a unique one: The dismissal of Kohli by Rabada was heart-breaking. However, there was an interesting record scripted in the process. As Kohli was caught behind by Pant, the pair of Rabada and Pant together produced their 15th dismissal of the tournament. It is also the most number of catches claimed by a wicketkeeper off a particular bowler in IPL history.
Rabada joint-most to consecutive wickets: In another interesting stat, Rabada has become the joint-most bowler to claim a wicket in consecutive innings of the competition. He has claimed so in the past 19 innings, including tonight, as he joins R Vinay Kumar.