Put to bat first at their home ground M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Royal Challengers Bangalore culminated their innings at 149/9. Visitors, Delhi Capitals chasing 150, their skipper Shreyas Iyer picked a 50 ball 67 to get his team to victory with 7 balls to spare.
With the loss, RCB have now lost six consecutive matches in the season, and are stuck at the bottom of the table with 0 points. Meanwhile DC, won three matches in six, are now at fifth position on the table with 6 points.
RCB batsmen found it tough at the wicket after being invited to bat first. Kohli consumed 33 balls for his 41 run knock and Moeen Ali hit an 18 ball 32.
South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada picked 4 for 21 leading Delhi’s bowling attack, Chris Morris took 2/28, Axar Patel 1/22 and Sandeep Lamichhane 1/46.
On Sunday, Shreyas Iyer played a captain’s knock, guiding Delhi Capitals to a comfortable win, bringing their IPL campaign back on track. Iyer anchored the run chase with some crucial partnerships as Delhi overhauled the target with 10 balls to spare. In his innings, Iyer smashed eight fours and two sixes helping Delhi move to fifth place in the points table, after two straight match losses.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed in the third ball of the innings, while the other opener Prithvi Shaw picked 28 runs. In the 9th over, Pawan Negi removed Shaw. Iyer then shared 39 runs with Colin Ingram, before being trapped by Moeen Ali in the 14th over while trying to play a shot over the leg side.
With just five runs needed, Chris Morris and Pant were perished trying to clear the field. Axar Patel then smashed a four to make the winnings runs for Delhi.
Earlier, Kohli got a run by the ball, and smashed two sixes before being dismissed. Parthiv Patel was sent back at 9.
Young Rabada got his national teammate AB de Villiers on 17 and Kohli was still there but the runs came only in one and twos. England all rounder Ali came to the crease and suddenly made the batting look easy. He pulled and drove with ease, guiding RCB to a 7.5 run an over.
Virat Kohli slammed the bowlers and poor fielding after the loss — “We need to grab those chances, can’t give excuses every day. We weren’t good on the day again. That’s the whole story of RCB this season.”