Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first.
Continuing from the game at Sharjah, Prithvi Shaw and Dhawan got the Delhi Capitals off to a good start. Rishabh Pant chipped in with 37 from 25 balls but Marcus Stoinis for the second time in this tournament already provided a great finish as he got an unbeaten 53 from just 26 balls and took the team to 196 which was about 20 runs above par.
RCB’s chase never really got going as the Delhi bowlers were spot on. None of the RCB batsman got going and even Kohli who scored 43 was not at his fluent best. They ended up losing by 59 runs which will dent their run rate.
It was one of those games for RCB where they could not dominate at any stage and was a complete performance from the Capitals. At the moment it is crucial that RCB get wins under their belt since they have the worst net run rate at this point.
Game Changing Moments
Marcus Stoinis innings of 53 from 26 balls really changed the game. At the 13 over mark, DC were going at 7.84 runs an over. But in the last 7 overs, they got 94 runs which took them to a match wining total. To back up this effort, the bowlers were spot on and never let RCB come back into the game.
Areas to Focus
The Death bowling has been a problem for RCB and it continues to be an issue. Chahal has been their main bowler and they need someone from the pace department to step up consistently.
Kohli not bowling out Chahal who is their best bowler was surprising. Although he got hit for 18 runs in the first over, he came back well with just 11 in his next two and should have completed his quota.
Underrated Performer of the Day
Although on a losing cause, Washington Sundar was the only bright spot in RCB’s line up. Bowling in the power play when the batsman were taking on the bowlers, he was able to keep things tight giving away just 20 runs in his 4 overs.