Kagiso Rabada rips through Royal Challengers Bangalore

Black Cap Tim Southee bowls costly over as Royal Challengers Bangalore lose again

He and AB de Villiers had made stylish half-centuries to haul RCB to 205 for three, but with the exception of spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi, the bowling was a awful letdown. He has already hit more sixes than he did in the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. In their last outing, the Royal Challengers suffered a demoralising win against Kolkata Knight Riders. The bowlers, batsmen and the fielders are just not coming up with a collective effort and as a result, the team is now languishing at the bottom of the points table without a single win in five games.

The biggest concern for the team is their death bowling as their batters have scored more than 200 runs twice but the bowlers have not succeeded in defending it.

Rishabh Pant, who played a superb knock of 78 against Mumbai in their first match, has been the highest scorer for Delhi, while the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Iyer and Colin Ingram, too, have been among the runs. All they need is a bit of sensibility.

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). In their last home match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, they managed to capitalise on key situations in the game and come out on top by seven wickets. However, they are still at the seventh spot and would have to buckle up in order to harbour hopes of making it to the playoffs. Both the teams will go with same playing 11 as they do not want to tinker with their winning lineup.




On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have been performing beautifully and have won three out of four. Read Full Match Report & Scorecard of RCB vs KKR.

Their bowlers did not do a great job as RCB were successful in posting a 205-run total on the board. Their spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla only adds to the challenge.

Andre Russell has been the man in form lately in T20s. His blitz was studded with five fours and four sixes.

The game was won in the penultimate over, however, when Russell got stuck in to seamer Tim Southee, belting the New Zealander for four giant sixes and a four, in an over which leaked 29 runs.

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