RCB vs DC: Royal Challengers Bangalore secured their fifth win of the season, as they defeated Delhi Capitals by a margin of just 1 run. AB de Villiers was adjudged the player of the match award for another fine performance with the bat, as he scored an unbeaten knock of 75 runs from just 42 balls.
Rishabh Pant, captain of Delhi Capitals, won the toss and put RCB into bat. Ishant Sharma played his first game of the season, replacing Ravi Ashwin who left the squad due to personal reasons. RCB got off to a poor start, and were reduced to a score of 60 runs for the loss of three wickets. However, it was an AB de Villiers’ special that saved the day for RCB. The former South African batsman scored an unbeaten knock of 75 runs, as they posted a strong total of 171 runs on the board.
Delhi Capitals lost early wickets, and were reeling at a score of 47 runs for the loss of three wickets. However, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetymer stitched an incredible partnership, but DC fell short of the total by just 1 run in the end.
Virat Kohli disappoints yet again, AB de Villiers continues to shine
After an impressive knock against Rajasthan Royals last week, it looked as if the RCB skipper was back in form. However, Virat Kohli has now disappointed in his two last games, and could manage to score just 12 runs against Delhi Capitals. Kohli has managed to score just 163 runs in his six innings so far, at an average of 32.60.
AB de Villiers was on top of his game against DC, smashing the bowlers all around the park. He earned his second man of the match award this season. The South African also scored an unbeaten knock of 76 runs off just 34 balls in the match against KKR, where RCB posted a total of over 200 runs. Although, Virat Kohli continues to disappoint, RCB will take some positives with ABD’s form.
Ishant Sharma impresses on his return
Ishan Sharma played his first match of the season on Tuesday. The Indian pacer did a fine job, as he picked up the key wicket of Devdutt Padikkal in the fifth over. Ishant conceded just 26 runs in his four over spell, and also bowled a maiden over. He is expected to get more chances this season, after Ravi Ashwin left the squad due to personal reasons.
Kagiso Rabada’s struggles with the ball continued, as he conceded 38 runs in his four overs, whilst picking up just one wicket. The Protea pacer picked the wicket of Washington Sundar on the last ball of his spell. Avesh Khan also put in a good performance, conceding 24 runs in his four overs, and picking the priced wicket of Virat Kohli.
Shimron Hetmyer plays an incredible knock
It was Shimron Hetymer’s incredible knock that brought DC back into the match. He came into bat when the score read 92 runs for the loss of four wickets, with 80 runs needed in just under seven overs. The West Indian batsman smashed 53 runs off just 25 balls, which includes two fours and four sixes.
Rishabh Pant was unable to get going in the final few overs against RCB. He remained unbeaten on 58 runs, but failed to win the game for side. The Delhi skipper had a strike rate of just 120, which is quite unusual for a player like him. Delhi Capitals slip to the third spot in the table, after their narrow loss against Kohli’s men. On the other hand, RCB move to the top spot, winning five of their six matches.