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WATCH: Axar Patel Skirts The Boundary While Taking 'Axe-cellent' Catch To Dismiss AB De Villiers

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:


  • Axar Patel took a spectacular catch at the boundary to dismiss a well set AB de Villiers
  • Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday
  • By the virtue of this win, Delhi qualified for the playoffs

Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.

There were a lot of moments in this game including Delhi keeper Rishabh Pant claiming the catch of RCB skipper Virat Kohli before the replays replays suggested that the ball had just bounced and had not carried to the keeper as a result of which the decision went in Kohli's favour. Pant had his moment when he ran and took a well-judged catch to send Heinrich Klaasen back to the dugout. Apart from this, there was one moment which arguably was also the turning point of the match.

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It happened in the 12th over of the RCB run chase which was bowled by Sherfane Rutherford and the hard-hitting AB de Villiers was on strike. On the third ball, Rutherford bowled a slower delivery as Mr.360 slashed at it with the intention of taking it to the cleaners.The ball was timed well from the middle of the bat and when it seemed like it would be deposited into the stands, Axar Patel ran back, judged the ball perfectly, tip toed and took an outstanding catch at the boundary. The umpires referred this to the Third Umpire and after watching the replays, it was concluded that Patel had taken a clean catch and the decision was made in Delhi's favour as the former South African skipper walked back to the dugout as the momentum shifted in the favour of the hosts.

The video of this spectacular catch was posted on Twitter. Watch the video here.

By the virtue of this win, Delhi qualified for the playoffs. They thus, became the second team after Chennai Super Kings to consolidate their playoffs spot. Apart from this, Sunday's win has also taken them to the summit of the points table as they have registered eight wins from their 12 games with 16 points. 

RCB kept on losing wickets at regular intervals after the dismissals of captain Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel. The duo had put on 63 runs for the opening wicket. Patel top-scored for the visitors by playing a cameo knock of a 20-ball 39. Marcus Stoinis scored an unbeaten 32, but that was not enough as RCB could only get to 171/7 in their 20 overs.

Earlier, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bat first. The hosts got off to a steady start. After Prithvi Shaw was dismissed, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer steadied Delhi's innings. The duo added 68 runs for the second wicket. Their superb half-centuries helped Delhi get to a good total of 187/5 in their 20 overs.

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