Both sides went into Match 22 of IPL 2021 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, having won four of their opening five games and only the finest of margins could split them on the day.
RCB posted 171 for five led by a fine 75 not out from AB de Villiers, and then held on amid a late Delhi flurry as death bowler Mohammed Siraj limited the Capitals to 12 off the last over when 14 was the target to win.
It was Shimron Hetmyer’s explosive 53 off 25 balls that threatened to turn the contest on its head.
But the West Indian faced only one delivery in the final over and Rishabh Pant’s efforts came up short at the other end.
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It looked like trouble was in store for RCB, after captain Virat Kohli fell in the fourth over for just 12 runs and Devdutt Padikkal (17) followed him next ball.
Glenn Maxwell (25) and Rajat Patidar (31), helped to steady the ship, but it was South Africa legend De Villiers who really upped the tempo.
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His unbeaten knock included five sixes and three fours as he elevated his side to a far more competitive total, which the Capitals had looked set to fall well short of.
Their response was truly floundering by the time Prithvi Shaw’s dismissal left them on 47 for three in the eighth over, with inspiration sorely needed from somewhere.
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Up stepped Pant and Hetmyer, the latter going at a searing strike rate of 212 to have RCB nerves jangling.
The skipper took the responsibility on his own shoulders and, though he reached 58 not out, his four off the last ball was not the kind of boundary Delhi needed.
AB de Villiers achieves a huge IPL milestone
Here are some of the highlights from the match
#Both teams had won four of the five matches played so far in IPL 2021.
#During his destructive innings, De Villiers, crossed 5,000 IPL runs.
#The South African became just the sixth player to surpass that mark.
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