RCB’s Winless-Run Continues as DC Beat Virat Kohli and Co. by Four Wickets

RCB’s Winless-Run Continues as DC Beat Virat Kohli

RCB’s Winless-Run Continues as DC Beat Virat Kohli

RCB vs DC Match Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their sixth consecutive match, as Delhi Capitals beat RCB by four wickets on Sunday.

Navdeep Saini picked two wickets in his last over, and Siraj getting rid of Rishabh Pant in the next over gave some hiccups in Delhi Capitals’ dugout, however with three runs needed in 12 deliveries, Axar Patel made sure the team won’t face another humiliation, this time at the hands of RCB, as Delhi Capitals won the game by four wickets in the end.    

Defending a below-par 149, Tim Southee gave RCB early breakthrough in the form of Shikhar Dhawan but only to concede four fours of four balls to Prithvi Shaw in his next over as Shaw and Iyer started an assault, putting on 68 run partnership between them.

It hasn’t been RCB’s tournament, be it dropped catches, balls dropping in between the fielders, batsmen failing to form partnerships, nothing has gone in favour of Kohl’s side.

Both Iyer and Shaw were cruising into the chase, however, Pavan Negi, on a second consecutive time, gave RCB something to cheer about, picking up the important wicket of Prithvi Shaw, who played a good hand of 28 off 22 balls.

With 90 still runs needed in nine overs, it didn’t produce too much effect on Delhi Capitals, as skipper Shreyas Iyer played the best innings of the tournament so far, guiding his team to a six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers on Sunday. Iyer recorded his highest score in this season, scoring 67 runs off 50 balls.

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant struck two boundaries in his innings of 18 off 14 deliveries and in a bid to finish the game early, again lost his wicket with three runs still needed and no proper batsman to follow. Though it was nearly impossible for RCB to create an upset with four wickets still to be claimed, had Delhi Capitals lost from there, criticism would have followed Rishabh Pant, who again highlighted his struggle with temperament.  

Earlier, Royal Challengers put on 149 on the Board


RCB vs DC Match Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore didn’t start like Royals on Sunday. Ishant Sharma and Chris Morris made full use of swing and bounce offered at the start. In-form Parthiv struggled to get going right from the start, having amassed only one four in his innings of nine balls. Parthiv could only score nine runs as he departed early off Morris in the second over of the game.

Having lost all the five games RCB have played so far before this match, it was important for skipper Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers to replicate the performance they showcased in the last match against KKR.

Unfortunately, De Villiers struggled to play freely, as seamers didn’t allow him to free his arms easily. The South African former captain scored a six and a four, before giving a catch to Colin Ingram off Rabada on 17 off 16 deliveries. Marcus Stoinis also showed character in his innings of 15 off 17 balls, however, the all-rounder too failed to capitalize on the start as Virat Kohli watched them come and go with RCB reeling at 66-3 at 10.4 overs.

Virat Kohli played the anchor role in the RCB innings, who scored just one boundary till the 15 overs of the match. RCB were going at run-a-ball, craving for someone to shift gears. RCB eventually found the guy in form of Moeen Ali, who played a great cameo of 32 off 18, giving impetus to RCB’s innings. However, in a big to hit consecutive sixes to Lamichhane, the left-hander got stumped at a crucial stage of the match.  

Soon, Virat shifted gears, hitting two sixes in an over to Lamichane’s next over as it looked like the Men In Green could reach past 160, if Virat stays till the end.

Come, Kagiso Rabada in the 18th over, the South-African fast bowler scalped three wickets in six balls, including the wicket of Virat Kohli, and in the process, vanished RCB’s hopes of reaching par total on the pitch.

RCB were eventually restricted to 149 in 20 overs. 

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