Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights today, Friday 8-10-2021 – 56th Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and batted first.
Virat Kohli: The pitch, looks “a bit dry”, and he expects it to settle a little later in the game and for the ball to come on to the bat a little better.
Rishabh Pant agrees that the pitch looks a little dry, and says he would have chosen to bat had he won the toss. The Capitals are also unchanged.
Delhi Capitals team: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 5 Ripal Patel, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Anrich Nortje.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 KS Bharat (wk), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Dan Christian, 7 Shahbaz Ahmed, 8 George Garton, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Nitin Menon
TV Umpires – Krishnamachari Srinivasan
Match Referee – Prakash Bhatt
Reserve Umpire – Navdeep Singh
Match number – Indian Premier League 2021 Match No 56th
Rishabh Pant, losing captain: “We know how important fielding is in T20s. If you field the way we did, you deserve to lose. We also lost too many wickets while batting. But we will have to field better next time, I guess. It was difficult for the fast bowlers with the dew, but the fielding has to support the bowling unit. We are not feeling great because you want to win these kinds of matches.”
Post match presentation
AB de Villiers: “Very happy that the boys went across the line. Much needed momentum before the knockouts. We haven’t always had the best of starts in the powerplay, but today we bowled well to Prithvi and Dhawan. It showed once again that there is a lot of character in the bowling unit. I’m feeling good. Not a lot of batting opportunities but I’m striking it hard. We need to up it a notch in the knockouts. We are close to our best cricket.”
Virat Kohli, winning captain:
“Unbelievable. It was a game we had nothing to lose but still to lose early wickets and do well against a team at the top of the table is good. We’ve beaten them twice this season. We knew bowlers had the potential to keep things under control. The way AB and KS first batted was good. And then the partnership between Maxi and KS was amazing. We knew the reality of making second was a 163-run win, so we chose to field first.
Pulling off a chase gives you a different kind of confidence going into a playoff. And we haven’t chased much in the tournament, so it’s also important to do well batting second. You should be able to pull out anything you need on the day of the game. No. 3 hasn’t been an issue at all. We wanted to give Christian some time with the bat. He was batting very well in the nets, but that’s how T20 cricket goes.
We took that chance, it didn’t come off, but we had no issues. Bharat has given some good knocks and we knew he can step in at No. 3, bat well against spin too. I definitely think we need to be sharper in the field. We need to take the 50-50 opportunities in our way. Those runs are crucial in big games. When it comes to the playoffs, no team will give you a second chance.”
Srikar Bharat is the Player of the Match: “It was great winning on the last ball. It was an incredible feeling to finish it off. Maxwell and I were communicating in the center well. At any point, I wasn’t nervous at all. Tried to stay in the present and was looking for the opportunity in the last ball after the wide. I work on my batting against spinners. I don’t believe in anything coming for free, so I work hard for it.”