AB de Villiers’ whirlwind knock gives RCB a much-needed victory
With both sides desperate for a win, RCB won comprehensively against the Delhi Daredevils thanks to some serious hitting from Ab de Villiers.
Chasing 175, RCB opened the innings with De Kock and Vohra. Vohra fell cheaply to Maxwell and a mix up between Kohli and De kock cost the latter his wicket and RCB were reduced to 37-2 in 5 overs. Then, Kohli and ABD put on a partnership – ABD was particularly aggressive from the start and after putting on a partnership of 63, Kohli got out to his former RCB team mate Harshal Patel thanks to a stunning catch from Trent Boult. But De Villiers looked like he was playing in a different pitch, bringing up his fifty in 24 balls. He continued to smash the bowlers all over the park. Corey Anderson was promoted ahead of Mandeep Singh and he was a mere spectator, enjoying ABD’s innings. The equation was reduced to 35 from 30 and from there on it was a mere formality. A remained unbeaten with 90 from 39 balls. Earlier
Virat Kohli put Delhi into bat after winning the toss. The RCB bowlers delivered what the captain needed by bowling tight lines. Umesh Yadav picked up Gambhir in his second over, and added pressure by bowling a lot of dot balls. DD made only 28 for the loss of their two openers in the powerplay as they failed to get going thanks to Umesh and Chahal . Then Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant put together a good partnership and tried to up the ante as the innings progressed. Both played some beautiful shots by punishing every loose ball. After a well-made fifty, Shreyas Iyer got out chasing a wide one from Washington. They reached their 100 run mark in the 15th over. Then Maxwell, trying to launch an attack, lost his wicket to Chahal with a mistimed reverse sweep. Rishabh Pant was dominating the bowlers at other end and brought up his fifty in 34 balls. With no sort of support from the other end, Pant helped DD make 57 in last four overs. Thanks to an entertaining 85 from Pant, DD reached a respectable 174. For RCB, Chahal and Umesh bowled with high intensity and they were well-supported by Sundar and Siraj.
The main positive for RCB from this game is their bowlers – as a unit, they were impressive for most part of the innings. With ABD getting back to his touch, it is an added bonus and they should be more than happy with this game. They need their bowlers to be more consistent so that they don’t burden Abd and Kohli.
What’s next for RCB?
Up next, RCB face CSK at their home. Winning against a quality side like CSK will boost their confidence and give RCB the much needed momentum. They may consider bringing Southee or Grandhome for Corey Anderson, which gives
their bowling an extra option.