Rabada’s best ever T20 figures of 4 for 21 added to Royal Challengers Bangalore’s
(RCB) misery as they were subjected to their sixth loss of the season in as
many matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. From 145 for 4, DC collapsed to 147 for 6, but RCB did not have enough runs on the board to get the win as Akshar Patel lofted the ball over covers to bring up up a nervy win in the end. DC went on to win the
match by 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare, which is surely not as convincing as they would have liked. Their last win came against SRH in May 2018.
RCB captain Virat Kohli did stick on till the 18th over, but wickets kept tumbling at the other end at regular intervals and as a result, his side did not get any sort of momentum in their innings. Moeen Ali did come in at No. 6 and smack three sixes, but DC did well eventually to restrict RCB to 149 for 8.
Rabada got the big wickets of Kohli and AB de Villiers and also removed Akshdeep Nath and Pawan Negi in quick succession at the death to completely choke RCB. Shreyas Iyer brought up his first fifty in 11 IPL matches, played a responsible innings to guide his team home. Once he was dismissed for 67 off 50, DC had bit of a scare, but eventually went on to secure the two points. Prithvi Shaw (28) and Colin Ingram (22) got starts, but could not finish off the job. Tim Southee, who conceded 29 runs off the penultimate over against KKR in the previous match, was hit for five continuous fours (including one off a leg bye) in just his second over today.
DC went into the game off the back of two continuous losses – against KXIP and SRH – and will be delighted to win the match and move to fifth position in the table.
When de Villiers was dismissed in the sixth over, RCB saw the most dip (18%) in the win%. But when Moeen was going great guns, their win% increased to 36%, but at the end of their innings, it decreased to just 29%.
When Shaw hit 5 fours off Southee DC’s win% went up by 14, which was the most in the entire match. By the end of the 15th over DC had a win% of 90 and despite a minor hiccup, the got home.
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