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Kagiso Rabada returns to add Virat Kohli to his wickets tally for the night! His previous scalp, btw, was fellow countryman AB de Villiers. Rabada bowls a length ball that Kohli has to go after. He does, but can't connect it well enough. A simple catch for Shreyas Iyer at long on ends Kohli's 33-ball stay for 41 runs.
He then forces Akshdeep Nath to nick one to Rishabh Pant, right after he guided the ball to the third man fence. And just like that RCB are six down and run the risk of finishing with a sub-par total here.
#KohliStrikeWatch - The RCB skipper has faced just two balls in the last three overs
End of Moeen cameo
Well done, Lamichhane! He got hit for a six down the ground, but returned with another loopy delivery that Moeen gave a charge to and missed. A regulation stumping sends Moeen back for an 18-ball 32.
Ishant finishes his spell - 4-0-31-0
Moeen has ruined the Delhi pacer's bowling figures here. The Delhi quick had conceded just 17 in his first three overs, but Moeen hits 13 of the 14 that came in the over.
Kohli being starved of the strike
The RCB captain has played just 26 balls at the end of 13 overs for his 26 runs. He's spent a lot of time at the non-striker's end watching wickets fall, and while he's batted, he's not looked very fluent with the ball holding up quite a bit. For now though, Moeen Ali is making sure he's making the most of the strike he's taking, hitting
Marcus Stoinis goes!
It wasn't the best time to bat for the Australian all-rounder. Would've better suited to finish the innings off. But he came at de Villiers's exit, only to depart for a 17-ball 15. Axar bowled a nothing short ball and Stoinis lined up to pull it away, but the pitch held the ball back a touch and toyed with Stoinis's balance. He ended up hacking the ball straight to Rahul Tewatia at long on.
Spoke too soon, he bowled the 10th, and even got welcomed to the attack with a six from his Melbourne Stars teammate Marcus Stoinis. He recovered well to concede four more singles in the rest of the over.
No sign of Lamichhane still?
It's the ninth over, Ishant has bowled three, the other two quicks have two each and Axar Patel is in for his second. Is the Nepal leggie being saved for the death overs? Seems that way.
Another slower one brings a wicket...
It appeared DC missed a trick by not unleashing Lamichhane against Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the powerplay overs but Kagiso Rabada has managed to break the partnership. AB once again didn't quite read the slower one - bowled at 121.5 kmph - and ended up skying the ball high in the air without getting enough distance. Colin Ingram ran backwards from mid on and completed the catch. RCB 40/2 in 6 overs.
Considering the RCB pair's recent form against the leggies, Lamichhane must already be in Shreyas Iyer's mind...
Early sightings - lots of variation
There's bounce for the quicks but both Ishant Sharma and Chris Morris have used a lot of change ups here. Ishant even unfurled a knuckle ball that AB de Villiers failed to read and nearly hit it to the mid-wicket fielder.
A short and wide slower delivery and Parthiv Patel takes the bait. He swings wildly and ends up top-edging the ball to Sandeep Lamichhane at third man. RCB 16/1 in 2 overs
TOSS: Delhi Capitals opt to bowl. Both teams are unchanged.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Rahul Tewatia, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane
If only it was this simple...but hey, RCB are at least batting first.
Reasons for RCB to be optimistic...
- RCB have a 13-1 head-to-head record against Delhi Capitals since 2011.
- It was the 4 pm green jerseys home game in 2016 when Kohli and AB both smashed centuries.
Prelude - RCB eye first points ... still!
Five games, five defeats, zero points.
"We're still optimistic about our chances and we've to believe that we can turn things around" said Virat Kohli, after castigating his bowling effort that allowed Andre Russell to muscle his way through to a 13-ball 48 that pinged RCB to yet another jaw-dropping defeat. Belief is all they can afford going into a fixture right after a performance like that.
The batting has started to come together for RCB - and when I say batting I mean Virat Kohli is middling the pants out of every ball. But it is the bowling, as well as the fielding that's dragging RCB down massively. Kohli's side has dropped 13 catches in the five defeats, most for this season.
Delhi Capitals on the other hand have been a bit up and down this year. Their Super Over win had 'character' written all over it but they've faltered since and lost two on the bounce. What's worse, the two defeats have come against teams - CSK and SRH - who have read their home conditions better than them. There's been murmurs of the team management not being happy about the slow and sticky pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla, but they can put that grief behind for now. For now, they will play against the side with the worst form on a pitch which suits their top-heavy line-up.
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