The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) continued with their disappointing performance, losing its sixth straight loss of the season. In the 20th match of IPL 2019, Delhi Capitals (DC) handed a convincing 4-wicket defeat to the Royal Challengers in their own backyard on Sunday. With this severe hammering, RCB has also equalled DC's record of most consecutive losses (6) at the start of the season.
We needed a good partnership
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, RCB got off to a poor start, losing the wicket of opener Parthiv Patel in just the second over. AB de Villiers started his innings on a blazing note, striking a couple of crisp boundaries, but he too perished off a fantastic delivery bowled by Kagiso Rabada. The likes of Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali and Akshdeep Nath did get some significant starts, however, all of them failed to longer their stays at the crease. RCB skipper Virat Kohli was left strangled at one end while wickets kept on tumbling from the other side.
During the post-match press conference, RCB spin bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali accepted the fact that poor shot selections by the batters led to their downfall. He reckoned that the Delhi bowlers kept them under immense pressure with some really good bowling. Ali noted that losing quick wickets towards the end did hurt their chances.
“I think they (Delhi Capitals) bowled well. Our shot selections wasn’t good. Obviously we needed a good partnership. I think, we started off well, but could not capitalise on it. Also we gave away wickets at the end and probably it wasn’t smart enough,” said Moeen Ali.
It was a good wicket
Ali mentioned that it was a little difficult to bat during the first six overs of the game. However, he also stated that the track flattened a bit as the game progressed and overall it was a good wicket. “It was definitely harder for the first six overs when we batted. The wicket generally here is quite good. The wicket did get easier later, but it was a good wicket,” he added.
After sixth straight loss, the Virat Kohli-led team is left with a monumental task of winning all their remaining eight games in order to qualify for the playoffs. Ali also noted that the team needs to improve its game as well as desperately start winning games. “You can’t afford to do that in IPL. We got to improve and we have to win remaining games. We know that,” concluded Ali.