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Bharat smashed an undefeated 78 from 52 balls while Glenn maxwell it went to 51 in 33 deliveries as RCB chased a target of 165 with the heroic deeds of the first.
Needing 15 to win from the final, Maxwell started with a cap, but pacemaker Avesh Khan came back with a couple of excellent deliveries, including a yorker.
However, Bharat had the last laugh when he smoked Khan’s full pitch for a long time for a six to seal the game in his team’s favor.
A deviant from Khan’s fifth installment helped RCB’s cause.
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Pacer Anrich Nortje had thrown a brilliant penultimate over, conceding just four runs, even as Bharat and Maxwell were looking for runs with 19 needed in the last two overs.
The 111-race winning partnership on the fourth field between Bharat and Maxwell gave RCB a rather unexpected victory over Delhi Capitals, which finished at the top of the league standings despite the loss in the final game.
Avesh, who shot superbly except for the last over, finished 0 of 31 in 4 overs, while Nortje was brilliant, finishing 2/24 in 4 overs.
Axar Patel pitched all four of his overs for 39 runs with 1 wicket, while off course ace R Ashwin just pitched one for 11 runs. Pacer Kagiso Rabada went without a wicket in his 4 overs.
The RCB led by Virat Kohli will finish third in the standings with 18 points and will face Kolkata Knight Riders (fourth place) in the Eliminator on Monday.
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– Capital of Delhi (@DelhiCapitals) 1633715648000
Wicketkeeper Bharat, who has been pushed up and down in order by the RCB group of experts, underscored his courage with this hit, often showing off his big hitting skills as well.
A first half-century IPL for Bharat before the play-offs would likely be a good sign for the Bangalore team, who have tested several hitters at the crucial No. 3 spot.
His association with Maxwell, who lived a lovely life while surviving a few dropped catches, kept RCB on the hunt in the face of a required rate of execution on the rise.
The flamboyant Australian was not afraid to go for his shots and found the limit at will.
The chase started off pretty bad for RCB when Devdutt Padikkal’s ramp shot attempt landed safely in Ashwin’s hands deep within the first ball he faced from Nortje.
Kohli didn’t stick around for long, dropping by just 4. He became Nortje’s second scalp, dodging a catch from Kagiso Rabada while attempting a big shot to the side of the leg.
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Villiers AB (26) briefly threatened, hitting two fours and a huge six off Ashwin, before shoving Axar Patel straight into Shreyas Iyer in depth.
Earlier, RCB rallied to stop the Delhi Capitals at 164-for-five thanks to an energetic effort from the bowlers, especially Mohammed Siraj (2-for-25 in four overs).
The tabletop players blew a solid 88-run opening partnership provided by Shikhar Dhawan (43) and Prithvi Shaw (48) on the other batsmen unable to take advantage of it.
Shimron Hetmyer (29) hit two big sixes to go with two limits and made sure the Capitals passed the 150 mark after hitters appeared to struggle in the middle.
For RCB, Siraj pitched well to finish 2 of 25 of his four overs, while Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Dan Christian each had a wicket.
Dhawan and Shaw got the Capitals off to a good start, adding 55 runs in the first six overs, without taking too much risk. While left-hander Dhawan, who has been in good shape, continued to play smoothly, his opening partner made some good shots as well.
After winning the toss and opting for the field, RCB skipper Kohli chose to open the bowling alley with the spin from Maxwell, who started wide. Dhawan showed his intention with a magnificent unit on the opposite side for DC to move.
The left-right combination of Dhawan and Shaw scored 88 runs in the first 10 overs, making some splendid shots along the way before the former fell to Harshal Patel when he caught Christian.
Shaw, who was beginning to look dangerous and swept Chahal hard for a six over the middle of the wicket, fell to a catch by Garton in the depths, two short of the well-deserved fifty.
Christian dealt a major blow for the Bangalore team by having DC captain Rishabh Pant (10) outnumber goalkeeper Bharat one, leaving them 108 out of three in 13th before Hetmyer’s efforts brought them to a total. of more than 160.