Bengaluru, April 7: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore were left frustrated with their sixth loss on the trot as Delhi Capitals defeated them by 4 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 encounter here on Sunday (April 7).
With this defeat, RCB have hit the rock bottom as their hopes of recovery and making it to the playoffs were all but diminished. They will have a lot to ponder in the upcoming games and find that winning touch.
Chasing a sub-par total of 150, Capitals reached home with seven balls to spare and four wickets in hand but not before the visitors suffered a mini-batting collapse. With just five left to win, they lost three wickets and the memories of their horrendous batting effort against Kings XI Punjab cropped up. Thanks to a sensible batting from Shreyas Iyer at the top, Royal Challengers Bangalore didn't have too many runs in the bank by then to defend.
Delhi Capitals returned to the winning ways after are coming from three consecutive defeats and captain Iyer (67) led his side from the front with a gritty half-century, his first of the season. Young Prithvi Shaw (28 off 22) gave Delhi an aggressive start after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a golden duck in the run chase. Dhawan was dismissed by Southee in the very first over but Shaw punished the senior New Zealand pacer in style as he hammered four consecutive boundaries and the fifth came in leg bye.
Earlier, Kagiso Rabada once again proved why he's held in high esteem in the cricketing corridors as he returned with sensational figures of 4/21 to claim the 'purple cap'. Rabada broke the backbone of Royal Challengers by dismissing their batting mainstays i.e. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
De Villiers (17) was dismissed by Rabada on the final ball of the powerplay while Kohli (41) was removed on the very first ball of the 18th over when the Indian captain was looking to shift gears. The Protea pacer then ended up picking up the wickets of Akshadeep Nath (19) and Pawan Negi (0) to ensure the hosts couldn't post a decent total on the board.
Delhi would be pretty impressed with their clinical effort in every department, barring that mini-collapse at the fag end of the run chase.
Here's how the match between RCB and DC happened:
Kagiso Rabada, Man of the Match: It has been a weird tournament for us as a team. It worked for me today and am glad. On a daily basis, you try to execute your simple skills. It is important to back yourself and I do it. I don't see myself as a leader. If people are looking for some advice, am always there. I have a responsibility at the top of the innings and at the death.
Shreyas Iyer: It was tough to bat on. I decided to play positive. I did not want their bowlers to get on top of me. That was my mindset and it worked out well. I was trying to manoeuvre the ball into the gaps. I think they were 10-15 less on this track. Our bowlers bowled really well. Especially Rabada in his last two overs. Obviously, we need to think about the areas we need to work on. It's a big satisfaction when you win games. You get to see the smiling faces. I am doing alright as a skipper and want to maintain it.
Virat Kohli, losing captain: We thought 160 was going to be competitive. Even 150 was about par. It was quite dry underneath and we knew it would be slow. Not as good as the last game. That was exactly the case in the first innings. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals - couldn't really explode. Even 150 would have been difficult if we had held on to our chances. We need to grab our chances when they come our way. We can't keep give excuses every game. We weren't good enough on the day again. That's the whole story of our season so far. When AB got out I had to dig deep, the other guys had to strike around me, Stoinis was good, Moeen was good and Aksh too. When there are two seniors batsmen in the deep and one gets out, the other has to take the deep and that the whole idea of that innings. The pitch also didn't allow us to play freely. I wasn't too happy to get out to a ball like that. When the mind is cluttered you wouldn't be focused on the chances that come your way. Shreyas was dropped on 4. There is nothing more to say to the team. We need to accept it. Just play expressive cricket in the games well. The key is to take it easy, relax. We want to enjoy ourselves as a team.
Most consecutive losses at the start of a season: 6 Delhi Daredevils (2013) 6 Royal Challengers Bangalore (2019) * 5 Deccan Chargers (2012) 5 Mumbai Indians (2014) 4 Mumbai Indians (2008) 4 Mumbai Indians (2015)
It's all over! Delhi Capitals have defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets before a mini-collapse in the end. RCB have lost 6 matches on the trot.
Wicket! Mini-collapse!!! Rishabh Pant (18) also departs. DC - 147/6 in 18.2 overs.
Delhi have earned notoriety for losing wickets in a heap when well on top. Living up to that wicked, wicked form here!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 7, 2019
Wicket! Morris (0) gives a simple catch to ABD at mid-off. DC - 145/5 after 18 overs, they need 5 from 12 balls. RCB would have fancied their chances had there been 170 on the board.
Wicket! Shreyas Iyer (67) has to depart and he won't be present into the middle to hit the winning runs. Saini gets a consolation wicket. DC - 145/4 after 17.3 overs.
SIX! Shreyas Iyer ends Chahal's over with a maximum over long-off. They need just 6 from 12 balls.
Four! Pant gets a boundary off Chahal.
8 came from Moeen Ali's last over. DC - 131/3 after 16 overs. 19 more required from 24 balls.
Four! Pant gets a boundary on the first ball of the over bowled Moeen. They are looking to close this game quickly.
9 runs came from Navdeep Saini's third over. DC - 123/3 after 15 overs. 27 needed from 30
Four! Misfielding from Siraj near boundary ropes and it goes for a boundary. Nothing is going RCB's way tonight as well. DC - 121/3 after 14.3 overs.
Wicket!! Colin Ingram (22) is trapped in front by Moeen Ali. DC - 108/3 after 13.1 overs. Can RCB pull things back from this stage?
12 leaked by Chahal from that over. DC - 108/2.
Tidy over from Moeen Ali, just 2 runs came from it. DC - 96/2 after 12 overs.
Four! A boundary from Ingram to end the over. 14 runs leaked by Negi. DC - 94/2 after 11 overs.
SIX! Colin Ingram hits Pawan Negi for a maximum over covers. Brilliant shot from the southpaw. DC - 88/2 after 10.3 overs.
Lucky! Shreyas Iyer survives as the mistimed shot landed between fielder and short-fine leg fielder. Luck hasn't favoured RCB so far.
Four! Shreyas Iyer executes a ramp shot off Moeen Ali and gets a boundary in this over as well. He takes a single on the next delivery and retains the strike. After 10 overs, DC are 80/2
Four! Shreyas Iyer cuts Negi and the ball races towards cover for another boundary. He is unfazed with the fall of Prithvi Shaw's wicket. DC - 74/2 after 9 overs.
Wicket! Prithvi Shaw (28) fails to connect well against Negi's spin and finds Akshadeep Nath in the deep. The leg-spinner has once again provided the much-needed breakthrough for his team. DC - 69/2 after 8.2 overs.
7 runs came from Mohd Siraj's over. DC - 68/1 after 8. Delhi Capitals are going well in the run chase. Nothing seems to be working for Kohli and his boys at the moment.
Four! Superb shot from Shreyas Iyer. He creates room and guides the ball between point and covers for a boundary.
8 runs leaked by Negi from his first over. DC - 61/1 after 7 overs. RCB need to break the partnership between Shaw and Iyer to script a comeback in this game.
Four! Shreyas Iyer gets a boundary towards the fine-leg off Pawan Negi.
SIX!! Shreyas Iyer hammers Chahal over his head for a maximum. Brilliant shot from the DC captain. 50 up for DC
After 5 overs, Delhi Capitals reach 47/1. Confident start from the visitors despite losing Dhawan early.
Four! Free-hit delivery and Prithvi Shaw hits Navdeep Saini down the ground for a boundary. Saini had overstepped on the previous delivery and paid the price.
Prithvi Shaw is absolutely superb against pace bowling. He scores at 9.73rpo against pace bowlers, and is dismissed only every 19 deliveries - no mean feat when you're hurtling along at that speed. #IPL2019 #RCBvDC— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) April 7, 2019
Yuzvendra Chahal was introduced by skipper Kohli in the fourth over itself after Southee went for runs in his second over. 5 runs came from that over. DC - 35/1 after 4 overs.
4,4,4,4,4Lb,1! FIVE boundaries in a row off Southee. Prithvi Shaw has got off to a blistering start. DC - 30/1 after 3 overs. DC - 22/1 after 2.3 overs.
Tight first over bowled by Navdeep Saini. This young pacer is uncompromising with his pace. Always a treat to watch an Indian pacer clocking 150 kmph.
Dropped! Shreyas Iyer gets a reprieve on the final delivery of the first over from Southee. Had Parthiv Patel picked it, DC would have been in serious trouble. RCB's catching hasn't been up to the mark. Kohli seemed frustrated watching the wicketkeeper put down a catch that should have been taken. DC - 8/1 after 1 over.
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan departs for a golden duck off Southee. Forced the southpaw to go for the wide out-swing. Navdeep Saini takes a brilliant catch at point. DC - 1/1
Shaw opens his account with a single off Southee. Dhawan on strike now.
2nd innings! Team RCB is walking into the field to defend their total of 148. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings for DC. Tim Southee opens the bowling for RCB.
Reasons for RCB's failure to post a decent total on the board.
Wheels fell off after Moeen’s dismissal. Too many soft dismisslas for RCB to rue. Had Virat batted thru, 165-170 looked possible, 149 is perhaps 15-20 too few— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 7, 2019
Rabada: Watching the games in Bangalore, there is a lot of bounce and pace on this track. Everyone bowled well, we just kept it simple. They were finding it tough against cross-seam, usually, I keep it between seam-ups and cross seam. Confident that we can chase this score down, we have spoken a lot about chasing in our team meetings.
7 runs came from the final over bowled by Kagiso Rabada. Brilliant effort from the speedster as he broke the backbone of RCB's batting order by getting rid of ABD and Virat Kohli. RCB post 149/8 in 20 overs.
Experts believe that RCB were tad 15-20 runs short in their innings. Looking at how the track has behaved, RCB would have been in a better position with 165-170 on the board.
Wicket! Siraj (1) has been trapped in front by Morris. RCB - 142/8 after 19 overs.
Superb show from Rabada!
Sometimes, a narrative takes hold and we ignore the facts. Rahane is oft-criticised for going too slowly - Kohli, less so.— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) April 7, 2019
Virat Kohli in #IPL2019: Scoring Rate 7.56rpo, True Run Rate -0.004
Ajinkya Rahane in #IPL2019: Scoring Rate 7.84rpo, True Run Rate +0.502#RCBvDC
Wicket! Pawan Negi departs for a golden duck. Good catch from Pant behind the stumps. Kagiso Rabada gets his third scalp in this over. RCB - 138/7 in 18 overs
Wicket! Kagiso Rabada strikes second time in the over. Akshadeep Nath (19) edges the pacer and Pant takes a simple catch. RCB - 137/6 after 17.3 overs.
Big Wicket! Kagiso Rabada removes the big fish of Virat Kohli (41) on the first delivery of his new spell. RCB - 133/5 after 17.1 overs.
SIX, SIX!! Back-to-back maximums from Kohli off Lamichhane. He needs to play more such shots to take his team to a decent total.
Four! Akshadeep Nath gets a boundary off Lamichhane.
Just 6 runs came from that over bowled by Morris. RCB - 114/4 after 16 overs. 42 runs have come in the last 4 overs for them. They need to finish with a flourish.
Four! Akshadeep Nath gets a boundary off Morris after playing three dot balls in a row. Second boundary for him.
11 runs and the wicket of dangerous looking Moeen Ali from that over bowled by Lamichhane. RCB - 108/4 after 15 overs.
Wicket! Moeen Ali (32) is stumped by Pant and Sandeep Lamichhane gets a wicket after getting hit for a maximum in that over. Deceives the batsman with the googly and reaps the benefits of it. RCB - 103/4 after 14.3 overs.
SIX!! Moeen Ali welcomes Sandeep Lamichhane with a maximum. 100 up for RCB
14 runs came from that over bowled by Ishant Sharma. Good over from their perspective. RCB - 97/3 after 14 overs.
Four! Moeen Ali opens the face of the bat and directs the fuller length ball from Ishant towards off side.
SIX!! Ishant Sharma is brought into the attack after time out and Moeen Ali pulls him for a maximum. RCB need more of these in the remaining overs.
6,2,1,1,0,1! 11 runs came from Axar Patel's final over. The leg-spinner finishes his full quota of 4 overs with 22/1. RCB - 83/3 after 13 overs.
I fear this might be another pitch that has confounded many. The grass might be a decoy.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 7, 2019
SIX!! Moeen Ali dispatches Axar Patel into the stands for a maximum.
6 came from that over bowled by Sandeep Lamichhane. RCB - 72/3 after 12 overs.
After 11 overs, RCB are 66/3. Not the best of start for them.
Wicket! Marcus Stoinis (15) plays an ordinary shot off Axar Patel and Rahul Tewatia takes a simple catch at long-on. He looked to play the spinner from the crease and paid the price. RCB - 65/3 after 10.4 overs.
Halfway stage! 10 runs came from Sandeep Lamichhane's first over. RCB - 63/2 after 10 overs.
SIX!! Marcus Stoinis welcomes Sandeep Lamichhane with a maximum over long-on. Positive intent from the batsman against the spinner.
Fifty comes up for the hosts in the 9th over. 6 singles came from that over bowled by Axar Patel. RCB - 53/2 after 9 overs, singles are not going to help the batting side, they will have to accelerate innings as well.
5 runs came from that over bowled by Rabada. RCB - 47/2 after 8 overs. Good effort from Delhi Capitals so far.
Delhi making capital in Powerplay with two wickets including ABD. Kohli has to and can bat thru for RCB to have a good score but needs capable partners— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 7, 2019
Tight over! Just 2 runs came from that first over bowled Axar Patel. RCB - 42/2 after 7 overs. Pressure on RCB batsmen.
Wicket! Kagiso Rabada gives RCB a major jolt with a slower one. ABD (17) tries to hit him over long-on but there was no power in that shot. Colin Ingram takes a brilliant running catch. RCB - 40/2 after 6 overs.
Protea show all the way! Batsman South African, bowler South African and fielder (catcher) South African as well.
Four! ABD hits a boundary and ends Ishant's over on a positive note. RCB - 36/1 after 5 overs.
Dual pace in the pitch!
Interesting surface this. A couple of balls have flown, a couple give the impression that they stuck in the turf.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 7, 2019
SIX!! ABD strikes the first maximum of the match off Chris Morris. RCB - 26 for 1 in 4 overs.
Wicket! Parthiv Patel (9) gets caught by Sandeep Lamichhane at the third-man boundary. Chris Morris draws the first blood for Delhi Capitals. RCB - 16/1 after 2 overs.
Four! Virat Kohli gets a boundary on the first ball he faced off Chris Morris. Kohli got an edge and the ball sailed towards third-man region but had there been a second slip, he could very well have been gone. Dhawan was the only fielder at slip cordon and attempted a full stretch dive but the ball was away from his reach.
RCB 6/0 after 1st over. Kohli to face his first delivery against Chris Morris.
Four! First boundary of the innings as Parthiv Patel hits Ishant Sharma over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Parthiv gets off the mark after playing 3 dot deliveries. He gets a double with a pull shot.
Ishant Sharma to start with the new ball for Delhi Capitals. PP takes the strike.
1st innings! Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli are into the middle to open the innings for RCB.
RCB-DC Head to head: RCB 14 - 6 DC (One NR)
Parthiv Patel has been a glimmer of hope for RCB at the top of the order.
Parthiv Patel has been a glimmer of hope for RCB at the top of the order. He's scored at 7.62rpo in the Powerplay this year, only dismissed once in that time - not exactly explosive, but something for the rest of the line-up to build around. #IPL2019 #RCBvDC— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) April 7, 2019
This match could very well be the last opportunity for Kohli and band to keep their fate alive in this tournament.
RCB on the verge of being totally marginalised in the IPL. Never had such a poor start any season. Virat Kohli has a task on hand.— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 7, 2019
RCB (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.
DC (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Rahul Tewatia, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Shreyas Iyer: We would bowl first. Some grass on the surface should be a good batting surface. Always difficult to assess the conditions in the afternoon, we have made no changes, want to stick to a consistent line-up. That will give some confidence to the players as well.
Virat Kohli: We were looking to bowl first as well. the ball comes onto the bat nicely in the evening. We needed to show some composure in the last few overs, need to be brave while executing it's all about enjoying your performance. We are playing the same team, same batting order.
Toss: Shreyas Iyer wins toss, elects to chase against RCB. Virat Kohli and his boys will bat first at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. RCB are playing with the same team that played the last team.
RCB to sport Green jerseys today to support the Green Initiative!
Today we are green army!@RCBTweets ’s most vital initiatives is #RCBGoGreen – a contribution to help move the present world to a greener, healthier state.— RCB Bold Brigade (@BoldBrigade) April 7, 2019
Let's do our bit and #BringBackTheGreen! pic.twitter.com/oc2EBOWGpO
ABD's reaction to RCB's lean patch:
Mr. 360 in a newspaper column today: "As players, we are as disappointed and angry as our supporters, but we are ready for this fight and we will battle for every inch." Let's fight for every inch, foot, mile! No backing down today, Challengers! #playBold #RCBvsDC #VivoIPL2019— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 7, 2019