Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) suffered a disappointing 16-run defeat at the hands of the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi. The home team registered an imposing first innings total on the back of half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer.
In the second innings, RCB openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli got their team off to a decent start, but the DC bowlers then pulled of things superbly well to steer their team to an emphatic victory and the runs which the RCB bowlers conceded in the last few overs in the first half proved to be the difference in the end. With this defeat, RCB team are now been virtually knocked out of the competition as even if they are able to win their next two games, they won’t be able to qualify for the next phase.
The game got away from us at the end entails Virat Kohli
RCB skipper Virat Kohli lost his ninth toss in a row on Sunday and after the game, he mentioned that his bowlers bowled really well in the middle-overs stage. Kohli revealed that the total around the 160-165 run mark could have been chaseable but with three quality spinners in the Delhi line-up, 185-plus target was always going to be difficult. However, the RCB trio of Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Marcus Stoinis did contribute with some explosive cameos to entertain the Kotla crowd but in the end they failed to take their team over the finishing line.
"Even after losing the toss, the way we bowled was really nice, we showed a lot of character. But then the game got away from us at the end a little bit. We were thinking 160-165, but 185-plus on that sort of a pitch with three spinners was always going to be tough. But we still showed a lot of character,” quoted Virat Kohli after the match.
Delhi played better in crunch moments infers Kohli
Kohli further mentioned that the opposition team played really well during the pressure moments of the game and thus, they got the result in their favour. RCB wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel kicked off things with a storming start, blasting 45 runs in the first four overs. The veteran Indian batter looked in mood to take the full throttle during the quick-fire innings of 39 runs which consisted of 7 fours and 1 six.
But then the DC bowling duo comprising of Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel helped their team stage a definite comeback in the game, dismissing both Parthiv and Virat Kohli in the space of three overs. Axar also took a stunning catch in the mid-wicket boundary region to dismiss AB de Villiers and in turn reduce RCB in a spot of bother at 103 for 3 after 11.3 overs.
“In the crunch moments, I think Delhi played better than us. That's why they got the result they did. But yeah, with the bat we started off really well, PP [Parthiv Patel] was outstanding, then I got going, but then me and AB [de Villiers] getting out to balls that you don't get out to... so, yeah, that's how the game goes sometimes, and those little moments can be big at the end of the game," Kohli concluded.