• Rabada rips through Royal Challengers

    Kagiso Rabada ripped through Royal Challengers Bangalore to help set up a four-wicket victory for Delhi Capitals in Bengaluru, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

    The Royal Challengers posted an under-par 149-8 after being inserted to bat first, thanks to a blistering bowling spell by Kagiso Rabada. A composed half-century from Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer helped secure the victory for the visitors with seven balls to spare.

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    A strange atmosphere ran around the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru as RCB limped to the unimpressive total following uncharacteristic innings from their batsmen. Home captain Virat Kohli scratched together 41 (33 balls, 1×4, 2×6) while AB de Villiers could only manage just over a run-a-ball 17 runs as the home crowd scratched their heads in disbelief.

    Proteas’ fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with a brilliant 4-21 in his four overs, including the wickets of Bangalore’s star batting pair. His pace, bounce and deadly accuracy powered him to the top of the wicket-taking charts, with the South African having picked up 11 wickets so far this season.

    Moeen Ali played a quick-fire 32 that included one four and three sixes at the tail-end of the innings, but Chris Morris silenced the crowd with a well-executed 2-28.

    The Capitals lost Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck early in the powerplay, but opener Prithvi Shaw (28) and Iyer in at No 3 consolidated well. The Delhi captain went on to score 67 off 50 deliveries (8×4, 2×6) before losing his wicket to Navdeep Saini (2-24) with five more runs required for victory.

    A minor collapse followed with two more wickets falling for the visitors before they could secure the four-wicket victory in the penultimate over.

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    The IPL continues on Monday when the Sunrisers Hyderabad travel to Mohali to take on the Kings XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium.


    Photo: Faheem Hussain/SPORTZPICS/BCCI