The match no. 22 in the Indian Premier League was nothing short of action as two charismatic skippers in Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant battled it out in Ahmedabad. Both Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore came into this contest on the back of four wins in five matches and it was expectedly a much-anticipated clash.
After losing the toss, RCB came out to bat but had a rare disappointing outing. The top order failed to get going with the side once reeling at 60/3 in 8.3 overs. However, it was the AB de Villiers show that followed as the South African cricketer took the bowlers to the cleaners. The 37-year-old played an explosive knock (75* off 42 deliveries) to take the total to 171/5 in 20 overs. To add to the drama, there was a delay in start of second innings as ABD storm was followed by an extraordinary sandstorm in Ahmedabad.
In reply, Delhi Capitals looked completely out of the game at a time with the score reading 92/4 in 12.4 overs. However, Rishabh Pant (58* off 46) and Shimron Hetmyer (53* off 25) produced valiant efforts to get their side back into the contest. With the match going down the last over, it was Mohammed Siraj who kept his nerves as Delhi fell short by only 1 run as RCB went back top of the table.
With such an action-packed contest, the fans had a lot of things to talk about on social media. From ABD playing the rescue-role once again to Harshal Patel continuing his wicket-taking form, Twitterati came up with some extremely funny memes to sum up the exciting evening.
Here are the best tweets:
Pant wins the toss vs Virat
Story of Rajat Patidar in IPL 2021
ABD to the rescue once again
ABD never disappoints
DC bowlers were smashed all over the park
Sandstorm in Ahmedabad
Siraj takes the crucial wicket of Smith
Few umpiring debates tonight
Harshal Patel takes 2 wickets against his former side
Purple-cap holder continues his good form
Last few overs were scary for RCB fans
RCB go top of the table
This is new RCB
The difference in the end