The unlucky phase of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) continues as they have lost the sixth match on the trot in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). On Sunday evening, the Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a 4-wicket win against Kohli & Co to gain 2 more points, notching up the 5th position in the points table.
Chasing 150 to win, Iyer forged a 68-run partnership with opener Prithvi Shaw (28) after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Tim Southee in the third ball of the innings.
In the 9th over, Pawan Negi removed Shaw after the batsman top-edged a delivery and was caught at deep square leg by Akshdeep Nath.
Iyer then shared 39 runs with Colin Ingram (22), who blasted two fours and a six in his 21-ball stay as he joined hands with Prithvi Shaw for a 68-run second wicket partnership. He was trapped by Moeen Ali in the 14th over while trying to play a shot over the leg side.
Rishabh Pant came out with intent, blasting a couple of fours, while Iyer too smashed a six off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 17th over but the skipper miscued a pull off Navdeep Saini and was caught at short cover by Chahal.
With just five runs needed, Delhi survived some anxious moment after losing Chris Morris (0) and Pant — both trying to clear the in-field and perishing in the process.
Axar Patel then smashed a four to take Delhi home.
Earlier, captain Kohli played an uncharacteristic sedate knock as DC restricted RCB to 149/8. He went almost a-run-a-ball before hitting two sixes late in his innings, consuming 33 balls for his 41. Had it not been for Kohli and Moeen Ali’s contributions, RCB would have been in deep trouble. Ali hit an 18-ball 32.
South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada (4/21) accounted for four RCB batsmen.
Ishant was economical upfront but Chris Morris was a bit expensive though he sent back Parthiv Patel (9), who slogged hard at a widish delivery and found Sandeep Lamichhane on the boundary ropes.
Young Rabada was introduced to bowl the last over in Powerplay and he got his national teammate AB de Villiers (17).
Kohli was still there but the runs came only in one and twos. In nine overs, RCB scored just 53. Marcus Stoinis hit only second six of the innings by lofting one from Lamichhane over long-on.
Stoinis went after Axar Patel too but ended up giving a catch to Rahul Tewatiya.
Kohli smashed two sixes off Lamichhane, who bowled first one in the slot and the second one very short. However, Rabada dismissed the rival captain, Akshdeep Nath and Pawan Negi in one over.