Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered yet another defeat as Delhi Capitals won the game by 4 wickets at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field first. Bangalore expected a strong start from the openers, Parthiv Patel and captain Virat Kohli. But they lost Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers within the powerplay. Apart from Kohli and Moeen Ali, others failed to impress. Kagiso Rabada’s 4-wicket haul restricted them within 149 on board.
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Chasing 150, Delhi lost their opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck. However, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer steadied the innings. Later, a quickfire 18 from Rishabh Pant guided Delhi to a comfortable win with 7balls to spare.
Here are the three talking points from the game:
RCB’s rather slow batting approach
Asked to bat first, Bangalore lost their opener Parthiv Patel for 9 and in-form AB de Villiers for 17, within the powerplay at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. After losing both the wickets in quick successions, captain Virat Kohli started playing in a defensive manner in the middle overs.
Both Kohli and Marcus Stoinis’ innings helped them to score 63/2 in 10 overs. Later, Moeen Ali started playing aggressively. He hit three sixes and a boundary in his 18-ball 32 knocks. Then, Kohli took on Lamichhane for two maximums before his dismissal. However, economical bowling in the death overs restricted them within 149/8 in 20 overs.
Kagiso Rabada’s terrific spell
Kagiso Rabada is one of the best death bowlers in recent times. Earlier, his brilliant super over helped Delhi to win the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). His brilliant spell once again dismantled Bangalore’s batting line up.
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Rabada dismissed AB de Villiers in the last ball of the power play for 17. He then came back in the 18th over when Bangalore were 133/4 with Kohli and Akshdeep Nath in the middle. He dismissed RCB captain Virat Kohli on the first ball for 41 off 33. Then he dismissed Akshdeep Nath for 19. Later, he also cleaned up Pawan Negi for a duck off the last ball of the over which reduced Bangalore at 138/7 after 18 overs. Rabada ended his spell with the figures of 4-0-21-4.
Poor fielding of Bangalore
Chasing a total of 150, Delhi lost their opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck. Shreyas Iyer was also about to get out in the same over. But Parthiv Patel dropped the catch behind the stumps.
In the 11th over, Iyer once again got saved. Parthiv dropped the chance again when Iyer went for a sweep off Negi. Iyer made Bangalore pay for these as he scored a brilliant half-century off 50 balls which included 8 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Apart from these two chances, they had many misfields, some of them near the boundaries which gave away several runs and that cost them the defeat.