Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) edged out Delhi Capitals (DC) by one run at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad to move to the top of the IPL points table on Tuesday.
The match went down to the wire, with DC needing 14 runs from the last over bowled Mohammed Siraj. The pacer kept his cool, even as Rishabh Pant (58 n.o., 48b, 6×4) and Shimron Hetmyer (53 n.o., 25b, 2×4, 4×6) fancied their chances. DC required six off the last ball, but Pant could only manage a four to deep point.
Set a tricky target of 172, DC pinned its hopes on skipper Pant and Hetmyer. It was Hetmyer who pulled DC into contention, blasting Kyle Jamieson for three big sixes in the 18th over. Hetmyer made the most of a life gifted by Devdutt Padikkal, who dropped a simple chance when Hetmyer was on 15.