IPL 2021, Match 56, RCB vs DC, Stats Review: Avesh Khan, KS Bharat achieves brilliant feats, Check Out!

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IPL 2021, Match 56, RCB vs DC, Stats Review: Avesh Khan, KS Bharat achieves brilliant feats, Check Out!

What a fantastic game it was….An absolute nail-biter! RCB defeated Delhi Capitals by massive seven wickets & thereby fixed their spot in the playoffs race. The last two clashes of the group stage were played together at different venues. While MI defeated SRH comfortable in Abu Dhabi, the game turned out to be a roller coaster in the other fixture in Dubai.

The toss turned out to be in RCB’s favor with Kohli opting to bowl first. DC openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan opted attacking approach right from the beginning of the match giving DC a stellar start to their innings. The openers added a blistering 88 runs stand for the first wicket by scoring at a good pace. However, DC’s middle order failed to carry forward the momentum as RCB bowlers held their nerves & bounced back. Thus DC could post just 164/5 in 20 overs. Chasing an average total of 164, RCB got off to a poor start with Virat & Padikkal getting dismissed on 6 & 0 respectively. However, in-form Glenn Maxwell joined forces with KS Bharat and the duo brought RCB back in the hunt.

Though both the big hitters scored half-centuries each, DC had an edge till the last ball. RCB required just five runs off the last ball to win the clash with KL Bharat on the strike with Avesh Khan bowling that crucial last over. Hopes were very low from KS Bharat to smash the crucial six. However getting the jaws opened, KS Bharat did the unexpected by hitting a six off the last ball & took RCB towards a stellar win. With this nerve enthralling victory, RCB fixed its spot in the Playoffs with pride.

Important Stats from the RCB vs DC Clash:

  1. Harshal Patel has now taken 30 wickets in IPL 2021, second joint-most for any bowler in an IPL season. While he shares the record with Kagiso Rabada & Dwayne Bravo (30) who holds the top spot.
  2. Shikhar Dhawan became the fourth player after Virender Sehwag, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer to complete 2000 runs for the Delhi-based side.
  3. For the very first time, Prithvi Shaw has touched the 400-run mark in an IPL season.
  4. This is the third instance of the Delhi-based side finishing the league stage at the top of the points table. 2009 and 2012 are the two years where Delhi entered playoffs as table-toppers.
  5. Avesh Khan’s tally of 22 wickets this season is third-highest by an uncapped bowler in an IPL season. Harshal Patel (30) and Yuzvendra Chahal (23) are holding the first two spots.
  6. KS Bharat recorded his maiden fifty in the Indian Premier League. Overall, he scored 78 runs in  52 balls.
  7. Bharat’s fifty is also the first half-century by an RCB player batting at number three in the IPL 2021.
  8. Bharat also scored his highest score in T20 cricket i.e. 78 runs
  9. Glenn Maxwell completes 2000 runs in the Indian Premier League.
  10. Maxwell hit 12th half century of his IPL career & sixth half century of IPL 2021.
  11. Bharat became the third batter to hit a six when 5/6 runs were required off the last ball in an IPL match. MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo are the other two holding the unique heat.

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