AB de Villiers failed to give Virat Kohli able support in the middle and that came back to haunt Royal Challengers Bangalore eventually as Delhi Capitals secured a comfortable win. For a change, though, RCB bowlers were not the major culprits in the game as they tried everything they could tonight.
Parthiv Patel (2/10): The little man wanted to slog each delivery after being beaten by Ishant Sharma on the first three balls of the match, and it is no surprise that he could only manage to score nine runs after that. Even at a small ground like the Chinnaswamy, the RCB keeper was in a strangle in his shot
Virat Kohli (4/10): He started very slow, and found the middle-overs exchange hard to navigate. However, with wickets tumbling at the other end, he shouldn’t have waited that long to unleash his big-hitting. Eventually, after hitting Sandeep Lamichhane for a couple of sixes he was dismissed for 42. An innings that may
AB de Villiers (1/10): Still a great player, but de Villiers’ innings today was a load of codswallop. This may sound harsh on probably one of the greatest modern-day cricketers to have walked onto the field, but de Villiers deserved nothing better for his mode of dismissal.
Marcus Stoinis (2/10): Consistency may not be the keyword in T20 cricket, but inconsistency and fragility shouldn’t be engulfed in Stoinis’ psyche too much. An innings that helped RCB post a respectable total in the last game, the Aussie was not close to his best against Delhi and could contribute only 15 off 17 balls on a flat deck.
Moeen Ali (6/10): It would’ve been better in RCB’s part to send Moeen Ali ahead of Stoinis, especially because of the simple fact that Moeen, who is a better player of spin bowling and a left-hander as well, would've been a superior option to counter the threat of Sandeep Lamichhane and Axar Patel. In his brief stay, he proved the same and played a 32-run cameo before perishing to a Lamichhane wrong 'un. Fair play to him.
Akshdeep Nath (6/10): After finally getting a chance to bat with, Akshdeep hit a four on the very first ball he faced and eventually collected 19 runs off 12 deliveries. He seemed confident and just after facing a couple of deliveries, he was seen giving detailed advice to Pawan Negi on how to tackle Delhi bowlers. Will definitely be happy on finally getting his chance in the team.
Pawan Negi (2/10): A one-ball duck was followed by an average display with the ball. His negative line against Colin
Tim Southee (2/10): With Virat Kohli opting for trial-by-spin in the middle overs, Southee left largely unused and eventually ended up bowling a couple of overs. That doesn’t mean that he was good in those overs, as Prithvi Shaw took a special liking to him, hitting five consecutive fours in one over.
Navdeep Saini (8/10): Pardon me if I sound repetitive as of my statement of the last match, Saini is clearly making a case for himself to make it to at least India’s T20 squad. While his rhythm has made him a very good performer, Saini has developed a brilliant cutter to expose the batsmen’s outside edge. Needs to better his fielding though.
Yuzvendra Chahal (7.5/10): If there is one player in this RCB set-up who deserves a better deal it has to be Yuzvendra Chahal. Gave his 100 percent, but their fielders either messed them up, otherwise he was unlucky not to have sufficient fielders on the off-side. Forget AB and Kohli, fans should be feeling bad for this man.
Mohammed Siraj(6/10): The team management completely reversed Siraj’s role and instead of bringing him in the powerplay, they brought him just after that and then saved him for the death overs. How effective that tactic was could’ve been clear had he ended his spell, but for now, Siraj can go to bed without a lot of burden on his back. A decent performance, if not good.
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