DUBAI: Delhi Capitals outclassed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs at the Dubai International Stadium yesterday.
A fourth win in five matches took DC to the top of the IPL points table.
Faced with a huge target of 197, RCB stumbled to a disappointing 137 for 9. Only Virat Kohli (43, 39b, 2x4, 1x6) got among the runs for RCB, and when the skipper edged pacer Kagiso Rabada to the wicketkeeper, it was game over.
Rabada added three more wickets to his kitty, returning figures of four for 24.
Axar Patel (two for 18), Anrich Nortje (two for 22) and R. Ashwin (one for 26) were impressive as well, choking the RCB batters by keeping a tight line and length. Spinners Axar and Ashwin were not afraid to give the ball air, tempting batsmen into playing false shots.
Nortje contributed by getting the key wicket of A.B. de Villiers (9, 6b, 2x4), whose slog only went as far as Shikhar Dhawan at mid-wicket.
Earlier, Marcus Stoinis (53 n.o., 26b, 6x4, 2x6) and Rishabh Pant (37, 25b, 3x4, 2x6) provided the late impetus to carry DC to a big total.
Stoinis and Pant came together when DC was struggling for momentum, at 90 for three. The duo got cracking, putting on an 89-run stand in 6.5 overs. Stoinis, his muscular frame exuding power, notched up his second fifty of the tournament.