The thrill was at its peak in the 22nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. In this breath-stopping match, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Capitals by 1 run on the last ball. Batting first after losing the toss, Bangalore scored 171 runs, losing 5 wickets in 20 overs. For the team, AB de Villiers played a tremendous batting inning of 75 runs in just 42 balls. Ishant Sharma, who was returning to the team for Delhi in bowling, bowled well and dismissed Devdutt Padyakkal for just 26 runs in his four overs. In reply, the Delhi team could only manage 170 runs at the loss of 4 wickets despite the innings of skipper Rishabh Pant (not out 58) and Shimron Hetmyer (53 not out).
Hetmyer And Pant Lead The Team
Chasing a target of 172 runs, Delhi did not start well and in the third over of the innings, Shikhar Dhawan (6) was out by Kyle Jamieson. After this, Steve Smith (4) also could not do anything special and caught the de Villiers behind the wicket off Mohammad Siraj. With just 47 runs on the board, Prithvi Shaw, who was seen in a good rhythm, returned after playing 21 runs in the ball of Harshal Patel. Captain Pant then added 45 runs for the fourth wicket with Marcus Stoinis, but Harshal Patel bowled out Stoinis and once again pushed Delhi to the backfoot. Half of the Delhi team had returned to the pavilion and the defeat was certain, but Shimron Hetmyer then took the lead and expressed his intentions by hitting three sixes in 18 overs of Kyle Jamieson. Hetmyer completed his half-century in just 23 balls, and seeing his batting, it seemed that he would take Delhi to the threshold of victory.
Thrill of the last over
Delhi needed 14 runs in the last over, but Mohammad Siraj bowled the first four balls at the right place and conceded just 4 runs, after which Delhi now needed 10 runs off 2 balls. Pant hit the fifth ball of the last over toward the third man for four and made the match exciting. Delhi needed six to win on the last ball, but captain Pant could only hit four and Delhi suffered their second defeat of the season.
De Villiers’ Inning Did Wonders
Batting first after losing the toss, RCB had a very poor start and the team lost the wickets of captain Virat Kohli (12) and Devadatta Padikkal (17) within just 30 runs. After this Rajat Patidar (31), along with Maxwell, added 30 runs for the third wicket, but Maxwell caught Smith off Amit Mishra’s ball. After this, AB de Villiers scored 75 runs in just 42 balls while batting. During this, he hit 3 fours and 5 sixes. De Villiers scored 23 runs, including three sixes in the last over of Marcus Stoinis.