There seems to be no end to Royal Challengers Bangalore's woeful run in this year's Indian Premier League as the Virat Kohli-led side succumbed to a four-wicket defeat, their sixth overall, against Delhi Capitals yesterday.
Sent in to bat, Bangalore's batsmen had a tough time on a tough wicket, managing only 149 for eight in 20 overs. Skipper Kohli hit two sixes during his 33-ball 41 while Moeen Ali contributed with an 18-ball 32.
Pacer Kagiso Rabada lead Delhi's bowling attack, ending with figures of four for 21 while Chris Morris, Axar Patel and Sandeep Lamichhane were also among the wickets.
In their chase, it was Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer who anchored the innings with a few partnerships at crucial points of the game. Iyer struck a 50-ball 67 to carry Delhi over the line and register a comfortable win which brought their IPL campaign back on track.
In the day's second match, Australia's Steve Smith struck his first half-century of the season but his Rajasthan Royals team still lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets on Sunday.
Smith hit an unbeaten 73 off 59 balls to guide Rajasthan to 139-3, boosting his return from a ball-tampering ban that ended March 28.
Smith's effort was not enough as Kolkata chased down their modest target of 140 in 13.5 overs with Chris Lynn top-scoring with 50 off 32 deliveries.
SCORES IN BRIEF
BANGALORE V DELHI
BANGALORE: 149 for 8 in 20 overs (Kohli 41, Ali 32; Rabada 4-21, Morris 2-28)
DELHI: 152 for 6 in 18.5 overs (Iyer 67, Shaw 28; Saini 2-24, Siraj 1-14)
Result: Delhi won by 4 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Kagiso Rabada.
RAJASTHAN V KOLKATA
RAJASTHAN: 139 for 3 (Buttler 37, Smith 73; Gurney 2-25)
KOLKATA: 140 for 2 (Lynn 50, Narine 47; Gopal 2-35)
Result: Kolkata won by 8 wickets
Player-of-the-match: H Gurney