Dubai: After an enormous 59-run defeat against Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli feels that fielding and the dying bowling are the 2 areas the place the facet wants enchancment.
In the 15th over, Yuzvendra Chahal dropped a easy catch of Marcus Stoinis when he was batting at 30 runs which ended up expensive for the facet as he went on to amass 53 off 26 balls to information Capitals to 196/Four in 20 overs.
“I think they got off to a great start in the first six then we pulled it back in the next 8 overs and the last phase again got away from us. Those important chances in between, we need to grab when the opportunity comes our way, it is not like we are dropping half chances, we are dropping sitters and those things hurt you. The execution with the ball towards the end could have been better and with the bat as well,” Kohli advised the host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.
According to Kohli, it was not a `full efficiency` by the RCB in any division.
After being requested to bat first, Delhi Capitals bought off to a superb begin with openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan smashing common boundaries. The duo took the group over the 50-run mark within the fifth over. Both shaped a 68-run partnership earlier than Mohammed Siraj dismissed Shaw, who performed a knock of 42 runs from 23 balls.
Soon after that, Isuru Udana despatched Dhawan (32) again to the pavilion. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer then took the sphere however their partnership additionally didn’t final lengthy because the latter scored 11 runs earlier than Moeen Ali bought maintain of him.
Stoinis then joined Pant on the sphere and the duo took the group over the 100-run mark. They each performed with an attacking mindset, serving to the group go previous 150 runs within the 17th over. Their 89-run partnership was dropped at an finish by Siraj because the pacer bowled Pant (37) within the 19th over.In the identical over, Stoinis struck a spectacular boundary to finish his half-century off 24 balls.
“Not a complete performance in any regard today. We were quite aggressive with the new ball, Prithvi and Shikhar batted really well. I think Prithvi took the game on and we expected that we kept a catching position and even tried to pick a wicket with the spinner. We got into the game after the first six and then Stoinis batted really well in the end, we gave him a life, he took the game away from us,” Kohli mentioned.
Chasing a formidable goal of 197, RCB didn’t have a strong begin as each the openers failed to attain large runs. Spinner R Ashwin in third over offered the primary wicket as he scalped in-form Devdutt Padikkal (4).After being dropped on two events earlier by Rabada and Shikhar Dhawan, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant lastly caught Aaron Finch (13) off Axar Patel within the fourth over. Skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers added a quick partnership of 16-run for the third wicket. Anrich Nortje in his second over removed the South African swashbuckling batsman Ab de Villiers (9) when he was caught by Shikhar Dhawan within the final over of the powerplay.
Moeen Ali, taking part in his first sport this season, then joined Kohli within the center. The duo added 32-run for the fourth wicket. The partnership was damaged by Axar within the 12th over. Ali scored 11 runs. Washington Sundar then joined Kohli within the center. Shreyas Iyer launched Rabada again within the assault in 14th over and he claimed the much-needed dismissal of Kohli. He was caught behind the stumps by Pant after scoring 43 runs. Shivam Dube and Sundar stitched 21-run for the sixth wicket earlier than the latter was despatched again to the pavilion by Rabada within the 16th over.
Sundar performed a knock of 17 runs. Dube (11) failed to depart his mark on the scoreboard and was bowled by Rabada within the 18th over.In the identical over, Rabada dismissed Isuru Udana (1). RCB did not recover from the road and had been restricted at 137/9 of their allotted twenty overs.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 196/4 (Marcus Stoinis 53*, Prithvi Shaw 42, Mohammed Siraj 2/34) defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore 137/9 (Virat Kohli 43, Kagiso Rabada 4/24, Axar Patel 2/18) by 59 runs.