Ajinkya Rahane (60, 46b, 5×4, 1×6) and Shikhar Dhawan (54, 41b, 6×4) returned to form and helped Delhi Capitals seal second spot at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
The convincing six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore was set up by a fine bowling performance that restricted RCB to 152, before Rahane and Dhawan came good with an 88-run second-wicket partnership.
RCB, too, confirmed its place in the playoffs, after making DC bat more than 17.3 overs and ensuring that its net run rate (NRR) doesn’t fall below Kolkata Knight Riders’ in fourth.
Dhawan started the chase with four cracking boundaries through the off-side, including an exquisite straight drive off Mohammed Siraj. Rahane was composed, catching the eye with his excellent use of the feet. The two boundaries he hit off Isuru Udana through the cover and past mid-off to round off the PowerPlay were…