A virtual knockout between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils concluded the qualifying stage of VIVO IPL 2016 – rarely have we seen a season that has come down to the last match which goes to show how close this year’s IPL has been, 6 teams fought till the very end and were very much alive to qualify but now it all came down to this match with Gujarat, Hyderabad and Kolkata now qualified.
In a match in which winner took all, RCB won the toss and elected to chase which is their core strength. RCB made one change of including additional spinner in Abdulla and dropping Varun Aaron. Delhi Daredevils continues with their strategy of experimenting and dropped Duminy and Coulter Nile for Morris and Billings.
|Delhi Daredevils||vs||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Date||22 May 2016|
|Venue||Rajkumar College Ground|
|138/8 (20)||139/4 (18.1)|
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets
In a match that has so much at stake, virtually the report card of your season’s performance – it is fair to state that every match came to this and a win or loss here changed the whole perspective of the season for the winning and losing team. Delhi Daredevils perhaps took too much of the pressure and decided to do too much with limited resources – must to mention becomes their middle order which had Morris (all rounder) , Brathwaite (all rounder) and Billings.
At 11-1, the Delhi Daredevils lost their first wicket that of Rishabh Pant; the young talent that has shone with the bat but has been slightly inconsistent but with his age of just 19 in his favor, he remains a great potential in coming seasons. The hero from last match in Karun Nair also didn’t last long and departed for 11.
Billings, Negi and Brathwaite in aggregate could only score 11 runs – which highlights the major problem in the middle order for Delhi Daredevils, at least in this match. With RCB having a strong batting unit and Kohli in form of his life (well, he only looks to improve every year), Delhi Daredevils needed their middle order to click which didn’t happen.
De Kock yet again showed why his performance is so critical to Delhi’s good performance, just a reminder – it was De Kock’s 109 against RCB which gave Delhi the win over RCB earlier in the season. It was through Morris’ 27 off 18 in the end which guided Delhi Daredevils to 138, De Kock’s 60 in 52 laid the foundation for Delhi to pose up a respectable total but was it enough against strong RCB?
The Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their aggressive opener in Gayle for just 1 run and they were pegged back even further with the wicket of Villiers for 6 runs – RCB 17-2.
Kohli it seems has become habitual of guiding his team to victories from a tough situation as he did in this match yet again – proving that no situation is too tough for him, regardless of this being a must win match, his ability to strike the ball with fine aggression and take singles and doubles without pressure gave the impression that this was just another match – which it of course wasn’t.
Kohli’s 54* in 45 balls guided his side to victory and a place in the top 2, giving them 2 chances of qualification and playing the first qualification to finals game at their home ground, Bengaluru. KL Rahul’s 38 in 23 also deserves a mention for hanging at the pitch with Kohli and allowing a partnership to flow; something that Delhi Daredevils couldn’t do in their middle order which was perhaps their major drawback this season; but regardless of which they’ve performed perhaps equal to or even better to the resources that they had, a sureshot winners for having played with positive intent and “horses of coaches” approach.
DD vs RCB Squads for 22 May 2016 Match 56
Zaheer Khan (C), Mayank Agarwal, Khaleel Ahmed, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock (W), JP Duminy, Akhil Herwadkar, Imran Tahir, Shreyas Iyer, Mahipal Lomror, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Pratyush Singh, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (C), Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers (W), Praveen Dubey, Chris Gayle, Travis Head, Iqbal Abdulla, Kedar Jadhav, Akshay Karnewar, Sarfaraz Khan, Vikramjeet Malik, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Harshal Patel, Lokesh Rahul, Parveez Rasool, Kane Richardson, Sachin Baby, Mitchell Starc, Vikas Tokas, Shane Watson, David Wiese, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris JordanTap Here for all IPL 2016 Match Highlights