Pressure on Kohli and RCB to deliver

In charge of a house in complete disorder, Virat Kohli will hope that Royal Challengers Bangalore play in the manner that defines his cricket, when it meets Delhi Capitals in the IPL on Sunday.
Pressure on Kohli and RCB to deliver


After losing the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders Friday, RCB’s position has become precarious, and it has to win almost all its remaining games to keep its chances alive.
Despite AB de Villiers and Kohli striking form by scoring 63 and 84 respectively, RCB bowlers failed to restrict KKR, who was powered by Andre Russell’s explosive knock.
The defeat left Kohli frustrated, and the batting mainstay called it “unacceptable”. The Jamaican walloped 29 runs in the penultimate over, which helped the visitors pull off a sensational victory.
Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi, all other RCB bowlers have not been among the wickets and conceded far too many runs, which Kohli admitted in the post-match presentation ceremony. Against KKR, they leaked 66 runs in the last four overs.
RCB’s batting has also been dismal. In its first match against Chennai Super Kings, RCB was bowled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs after their top-order crumbled against Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir.
Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the RCB bowlers allowed SRH to post a mammoth 232 with centuries from Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. RCB then collapsed to an embarrassing 35 for six by the eighth over, with Kohli and de Villiers contributing just four runs between them. In the end, it was skittled out for 113 to lose the match by a massive 118 runs.
Against Rajasthan Royals too, the RCB top-order failed. The RCB think-tank would now be hoping that its top-order batsmen come out good against DC. Delhi also has its fair share of worries, having lost three matches. After making a positive start with a win against three-time champion Mumbai Indians, its journey has been uncomfortable.
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.
The bowling department has been spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada, and they also have Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma in their ranks. Young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has also performed well so far for Delhi.

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