Fifties from skipper Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan set base for Delhi Capitals’ 187/5 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 46 of IPL 2019 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Sunday, which was defended well by the bowlers, thus securing a playoff berth – for the first time since 2012- with a 16-run win over Virat Kohli’s team.

Iyer 52, Dhawan’s 50 and Sherfane Rutherford’s 28* off 13 balls was supported well by bowlers led by Amit Mishra (2/29) and Kagiso Rabada (2/30), while RCB were caught by the sluggish Kotla track despite having a good start to the chase.

RCB were off to a strong start with Parthiv Patel going berserk in the powerplay over, hitting 39 off just 20 balls helping his eam to 56 in just five overs. Patel was sublime with his touch and took a liking to Nepal leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, taking three fours of his first over.

But Patel failed to survive the powerplay overs when he got out in the fifth ball of the sixth caught by Axar Patel at backward point. Axar then made the big breakthrough when he has skipper Kohli caught deep midwicket offa  half tracker for 23 of 17 balls. Shivam Dube and AB de Villiers then put RCB back on track with a 35-run stand for the third wicket. HIGHLIGHTS: DC vs RCB