Virat Kohli had been irritated by answering the same question – Why his team is losing time and again? However, in the last game of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League, his teammates performed in a manner that he won’t have to answer this question again. In what turned out to be a humdinger at Feroz Shah Kotla, Kohli’s RCB defeated hosts Delhi Daredevils by 10 runs to register their third win in what was a stuttering season for them.
Let’s have a look at some of the top players and top failures from today’s game.
Harshal Patel (RCB)
Given his first chance in the tournament in the last game for the franchise, the Haryana pacer showed that team management was wrong in keeping him away from the final set-up. The all-rounder did not get a chance to show his batting skills but with the ball, he picked up crucial wickets of Shreyas Iyer, Marlon Samuels and Rishabh Pant to tilt the game in his team’s favour. The performance was heroic enough to earn him a place on the list.
Avesh Khan (RCB)
The young Indian fast bowler showed glimpses of his ability by generating deadly pace at an otherwise slow Feroz Shah Kotla track. He kept the batsmen under check using his sharp pace and accuracy and ended up with the wicket of Sanju Samson in lieu of just 21 runs ins the four overs he bowled. Once again, Vettori was made to rue why he did not opt for him earlier.
Virat Kohli (RCB)
At last, Kohli showed the sublime skills which have earned him the tag of ‘Limited Overs Great’. The Indian captain played a gem of an innings on a placid Kotla wicket and gave his bowlers enough to chase. His 58 off 48 was crucial in winning the game for RCB.
Sanju Samson (DD)
The talented youngster from Kerala was sent back to pavilion within two balls by a young, pumped up Avesh Khan. On a day when his team required his calm head and strike-rotating ability on a slow pitch, he threw away his wicket early to send his team into a difficult situation. His two-ball duck makes him a zero from today’s game.
Marlon Samuels (DD)
Another story of a foreign player not able to set alight IPL has been of Marlon Samuels. The Caribbean batsman continued with his bad touch and could not open his account, being dismissed for a golden duck. His wicket turned the game into RCB’s favour and it meant that DD were left chasing the match.
Amit Mishra (DD)
On a pitch where RCB spinners made merry, Amit Mishra was hit for 26 runs from the two overs he bowled. He could not leave his effect on the batsmen and that meant he did not get the opportunity to complete his quota of overs. These kind of performances are definitely going to make an Indian team comeback difficult for him.