BENGALURU, April 7: There was no end to Royal Challengers Bangalore�s woeful run in this IPL as the Virat Kohli-led side suffered its sixth defeat while Delhi Capitals played like a unit to win by four wickets, here on Sunday.
RCB batsmen found the going tough on a tough wicket after being invited to bat first and could only manage 149 for 8 in the stipulated 20 overs.
With the ball not coming on to the bat, Kohli scored almost a run-a-ball before hitting two sixes late in his innings, consuming 33 balls for his 41.
Had it not been for Kohli and Moeen Ali�s contributions, RCB would have been in deep trouble. Ali hit a 18-ball 32.
South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada (4/21) accounted for four RCB batsmen to lead Delhi�s bowling attack, which also comprised Chris Morris (2/28), Axar Patel (1/22) and Sandeep Lamichhane (1/46).
Shreyas Iyer then played a captain�s knock, making a 50-ball 67 to guide Delhi Capitals to a comfortable win, bringing their IPL campaign back on track.
Iyer anchored the chase with some crucial partnerships as Delhi overhauled the target with 10 balls to spare.
Iyer smashed eight fours and two sixes in his 50-ball innings which helped Delhi grab the fifth place in the points table, snapping a two-match losing streak where they lost to Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last two games.
Chasing 150 to win, Iyer forged a 68-run partnership with opener Prithvi Shaw (28) after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Tim Southee in the third ball of the innings.
In the 9th over, Pawan Negi removed Shaw after the batsman top-edged a delivery and was caught at deep square leg by Akshdeep Nath.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel c Lamichhane b Morris 9, Virat Kohli c Iyer b Rabada 41, AB de Villiers c Ingram b Rabada 17, Marcus Stoinis c Tewatia b Patel 15, Moeen Ali st Pant b Lamichhane 32, Akshdeep Nath c Pant b Rabada 19, Pawan Negi c Pant b Rabada 0, Tim Southee not out 9, Mohammed Siraj lbw b Morris 1, Yuzvendra Chahal not out 1. Extras: (LB-1, NB-1 WD-3) 5. Total: (For 8 wickets in 20 overs) 149. Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-40, 3-66, 4-103, 5-133, 6-137, 7-138, 8-142. Bowling: I Sharma 4-0-31-0, C Morris 4-0-28-2, K Rabada 4-0-21-4, A Patel 4-0-22-1, S Lamichhane 4-0-46-1.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw c Akshdeep Nath b Negi 28, Shikhar Dhawan c Navdeep Saini b Southee 0, Shreyas Iyer c Chahal b Navdeep Saini 67, Colin Ingram lbw b Moeen 22, Rishabh Pant c Southee b Siraj 18, Chris Morris c de Villiers b Navdeep Saini 0, Axar Patel not out 4, Rahul Tewatia not out 1. Extras: (LB-5, W-6, NB-1) 12. Total: (For 6 wickets in 18.5 overs) 152. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-69, 3-108, 4-145, 5-145, 6-147. Bowling: Tim Southee 2-0-24-1, Navdeep Saini 4-0-24-2, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-36-0, Pawan Negi 3-0-27-1, Mohammed Siraj 1.5-0-14-1, Moeen Ali 4-0-22-1. � PTI