IPL 2020, Match 19: Talking Points as DC retains its top position position in points table
Delhi Capitals (DC) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 59 runs. The match 19 of the season was held at the Dubai International Stadium.
Unlike the start of the tournament, fans are now witnessing something different at the Dubai International Stadium. Initially, a low scoring ground where, 170 was considered competitive, the teams have now chiseled their skills and have come up stronger on this pitch.
In the past few matches, we have seen some high scoring matches in Dubai, and even on Monday, Delhi Capitals (DC) put a formidable total of 196 on the board. Unable to chase up, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) could just make 137 runs in their innings, and were defeated by 59 runs.
Let’s just look at the talking points of the match.
Prolific start by DC openers
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have shown consistency in the recent matches. They performed well with their bat and in about 6.4 overs, they had scored 68, after which Shaw departed. Both ensured a solid platform for the upcoming batsmen, who, with their contributions, managed to put a good score on the board. While Shaw made 42 from 23 balls, Dhawan scored 32 from 28 deliveries.
Following an excellent start, the match diverted in RCB’s favor, when DC were 90-3 in 11.3 overs. The Aussie all-rounder, who has often been the performer for DC, played an exceptional innings and hammered 53 from just 26 balls. He partnered well with Rishabh Pant at the other end, who had hit 37 from 25 balls.
The young bowling guns, namely Washington Sundar and Mohammed Siraj, were quite economical with the ball. Sundar, who had often received praises for his economy in almost all matches this season, proved himself yet again, as he conceded just 20 runs in his spell. Pacer Siraj scalped two wickets and had a decent economy of 8.5.
DC bowling attack
All the bowlers bowled really well to restrict RCB at such a low score. With their good bowling, RCB constantly lost wickets, and it was just Virat Kohli, who contributed among the batsmen. Except for Harshal Patel, all the DC bowlers were exceptional and had an economy of less than 6.5. Besides, Kagiso Rabada solely took four wickets of RCB.
Ashwin’s mankad warning
Ravichandran Ashwin reiterated his habits of what he is known for. He warned Aaron Finch of mankad, after Finch had backed up too far at the non-striker's end. However, it all ended with Ashwin’s smile and was a moment that grabbed eyeballs in yesterday’s match.