Marcus Stoinis scored a blistering half century, as Delhi Capitals moved to the top of the table by outclassing the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
RCB included Moeen Ali and Mohammed Siraj in place of Gurkeerat Singh and Adam Zampa, while DC brought in Axar Patel in place of the injured Amit Mishra, who has been ruled out of the IPL.
After being sent into bat, Delhi Capitals got off to a brilliant start with openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan adding 68 runs for the opening stand, before the former gloved a Mohammed Siraj delivery to AB de Villiers behind the stumps for 42.
Isuru Udana and Moeen Ali brought their team back into the contest with wickets of Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer for 32 & 11, as Delhi were in a spot of bother at 90/3.
Stoinis along with Rishabh Pant put on 89 runs off just 41 balls, before Siraj dismissed Pant for 37.
The Australian all rounder remained unbeaten on 53, as Delhi Capitals ended up with a massive 196/4 in 20 overs.
Chasing 197, RCB got off to a shaky start by losing the in form Devdutt Padikkal to Ravichandran Ashwin.
Aaron Finch who was dropped by Kagiso Rabada early on, was finally caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant off Axar Patel for 13.
Skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers added a small partnership of 16 runs, before the South African star was caught by Dhawan off Anrich Nortje in the last over of the powerplay.
Moeen Ali, playing his first game this season joined Kohli and the duo added 32 runs for the fourth wicket, before Axar Patel broke the partnership by dismissing Ali for 11.
Shreyas Iyer introduced strike bowler Rabada in the 14th over and the South African spearhead claimed the prize scalp of skipper Kohli, caught by wicket keeper Pant for 43.
Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar stitched together a 21 run stand for the sixth wicket before the latter was caught by Ashwin off Rabada for 17.
Dube and Isuru Udana were dismissed by the 25 year old Rabada, as RCB were restricted at 137/9 in their allotted 20 overs, giving DC a convincing 59 run win.
Axar Patel was declared the Man of the Match.