Ricky Ponting Insisted Ajinkya Rahane To Bat At Number Three

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Ajinkya Rahane announced his return to form in Monday's Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and India captain Virat Kohli will be happy with the timing, despite being at the receiving end in Abu Dhabi. For the unknown, Rahane has 3931 runs in his kitty by playing 146 matches in the IPL. Despite the stellar record, the right-handed batsman played only six games for Delhi Capitals in the 13th edition of IPL. "It's a good number to bat on", said Rahane, who will be Kohli's deputy in India's four-test series in Australia beginning on December 17.

Chasing 153, Shikhar Dhawan and Rahane started with the bat for Delhi as both batsmen played knocks of 54 and 60 respectively. It's a good position to bat at. I think we really paced our innings very well, especially while chasing. Our bowlers did really well for us. "The way we have been going, this was a really good win and it's going to be a really good booster as well for us".

Speaking about his team's record at Abu Dhabi where they won only their first match on Monday, Ponting said, "Well, that's amusing because I have purposely not spoken about the venue or the ground". For RCB, Shahbaz Ahmed returned with figures of 2/26.

DC will take on table-toppers Mumbai Indians in the first Qualifier on Thursday in Dubai with the victor entering the final, and the loser getting another chance in the second Qualifier on Sunday.

Earlier, South African pace duo Kagiso Rabada (2/30) and Anrich Nortje (3/33) came all guns blazing on a slow Abu Dhabi surface to restrict RCB to 152/7 in 20 overs. The margin of the victory, though, ensured RCB's qualification as well. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals complete the podium with 14 points each, with Virat Kohli-led side now occupying the second spot due to their superior net run-rate.

Well, if Delhi would have won against Bangalore inside 17.3 overs, Kolkata would have qualified for the playoffs.

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