The Indian Premier League is gradually heading towards its business end. While as many as three teams – Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have confirmed their qualification for the Playoffs, there is still one spot for which teams are contesting. Moreover, even the qualified teams are eyeing a top-two finish since that would guarantee them an extra match in case of a slip-up at the business end.
In this context, Delhi’s win over Chennai Super Kings was a huge one as they reached 20 points and are now more assured of a top-two finish. The players were understandably ecstatic about the victory and youngster Ripal Patel, who made his IPL debut in this match, was so overjoyed with the win that he emulated star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic “sii celebration.”
Ripal, who managed 18 runs with the bat in this match, did the celebration inside the dressing room and the video of the dressing room celebrations was shared by the franchise on their social media.
“Ecstatic players and #CR7 celebrations as DC occupied the Top of the table last night. Let us take you straight into the dressing room #YehHaiNayiDilli #IPL2021 #DCvCSK,” the video was captioned.
Check it out here:
Ecstatic players and #CR7 celebrations as DC occupied the 🔝 of the table last night 😍
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) October 5, 2021
Other than CSK, RCB will also be looking to eye the top-two finish and will be on a mission to do just that when they take the field against SunRisers Hyderabad later on Wednesday. Their last match is against Delhi Capitals, a team which they might face at some stage in the Playoffs. If the Virat Kohli-led side wins both their remaining matches and Chennai Super Kings loses their last match against Punjab Kings, then they would secure a top-two finish.
However, in case Bangalore wins their remaining matches but Chennai also win their last match then it would still be the Men in Yellow who would play the Qualifier 1 owing to a better net run rate. If Bangalore lose even of their remaining matches, they might not be able to secure a final two-berth since it would further take a beating on their net run rate.