DUBAI: New-look Delhi Capitals regained top position in points table of Indian Premier League with fourth win in five matches on Monday night as the North Indian side thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs with brilliant allround performance.
After scoring huge 196, DC restricted the opponent at 137 in allotted overs losing 9 wickets by discipline bowling led by Kagiso Rabada who finished with 4 wicket for 24 runs. RCB superstars Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers contributed 43 and 9 respectively while Aaron Finch (13) and Moeen Ali (11) failed to build big innings after promising start.
Earlier, Marcus Stoinis's quickfire half-century helped Delhi Capitals post a challenging 196 for four wickets.
Stoinis (53 off 26 balls) put on 89 runs with Rishabh Pant (37 off 25) for the fourth wicket in 6.5 overs as the duo took charge after RCB had claimed quick wickets to peg DC back, after a strong start provided by Prithvi Shaw (42 off 23 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (32 off 28 balls) for the first wicket. Shaw and Dhawan put on 68 in just over six overs.
However, three wickets in the next 30 balls with the addition of just 22 runs brought RCB back. Stoinis survived an early chance with Yuzvendra Chahal dropping him off his own bowling. After that he clobbered the RCB bowlers, hitting six fours and two sixes.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 196/4 wkts in 20 overs (M Stoinis 53 not out, P Shaw 42, R Pant 37, M Siraj 2/34) beat RCB 137/9 in 20 overs (Kohli 43, Washington Sundar 17, Kagiso Rabada 4/25, Axar Patel 2/18, Anrich Nortje 2/22). IANS