IPL

Rabada and Shreyas pile more misery on RCB

By Sports Desk April 07, 2019

Delhi Capitals sauntered to a 150-run chase to seal their four-wicket away win against struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Virat Kohli's RCB have now lost six games from six in this year's competition and their miserable run continued as they were on the back foot from the outset.

The skipper top-scored with a steady 41, but his was far from a spectacular innings and his side scarcely looked like recovering the situation with ball in hand.

Kagiso Rabada starred with 4-21 for Delhi in the RCB innings, before his captain Shreyas Iyer smashed past the home side with ease after arriving at the crease early.

Shreyas made 67 off 50, with eight fours and two maximums, and even a shaky finale could not stop the Capitals from sealing victory with seven balls to spare.

 

LABOURED START

RCB struggled to find any real momentum early on and instead saw batsmen depart each time they looked to push the pace.

Parthiv Patel (9) was caught by Sandeep Lamichhane in the deep, while compatriots Rabada and Colin Ingram accounted for AB de Villiers (17).

Marcus Stoinis (15) also went after it and picked out Rahul Tewatia, leaving captain Kohli frustrated at the other end of the pitch as he too scored slowly.

BIG-HITTERS HALTED

Moeen Ali took the same approach as those who went before him and briefly enjoyed some success, smashing three sixes and making 32 off just 18 until Lamichhane's googly tempted him forwards and he was stumped.

Kohli belatedly went on the offensive, yet was similarly punished when he came face to face with Rabada, who then tore through the RCB order. The South Africa star also accounted for Akshdeep Nath (19) and Pawan Negi (0) in a sensational 3-5 over.

However, the home side's more aggressive end to the innings saw them at least reach a respectable total of 149-8.

SHREYAS SHINES

There was no rush for the Capitals in their response, but consistently sloppy RCB fielding allowed the visitors to produce handy totals.

Any hope RCB gained from Shikhar Dhawan's first-ball departure was brutally extinguished by Shreyas' superb batting display.

Kohli wore a look of resignation as Shreyas repeatedly found the gaps in a boundary-laden performance and his departure came too late - even with Rishabh Pant (18) and Chris Morris (0) quickly following - as an Axar Patel four completed the chase with seven balls and four wickets remaining.

Related items

  • Morgan admits record-breaking heroics beyond 'wildest dreams' Morgan admits record-breaking heroics beyond 'wildest dreams'

    Centurion Eoin Morgan admitted his record-breaking heroics against Afghanistan were beyond his "wildest dreams" after helping England move top of the Cricket World Cup standings.

    The England captain smashed 17 sixes - the most by any batsman in an ODI - during a stunning 71-ball innings of 148 on the way to an emphatic 150-run triumph at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

    It came after Morgan had been a doubt for the match after suffering a back spasm in the previous game against West Indies and his raft of maximums was the key contribution in what was also a new world record of 25 team sixes in an innings.

    "I didn't think at any stage it was going to be my day," Morgan said. 

    "Getting quite old, running around with a bad back, you never think you can produce an innings like this. I never thought in my wildest dreams I'd produce an innings like that.

    "It was a special day. It was a tough game, Afghanistan are a side with a lot of potential and it's the World Cup. We're loving playing in it. On the big stage, it is nice to do.

    "I think I have changed. Everybody probably plays the shots I probably started my career with now, so they're not as effective. I've come full circle and I'm probably stronger down the ground now than I've ever been.

    "I haven't yet [put my back out]! Tomorrow's going to be a rough day, I think!"

    The victory saw England, who have won four of their opening five matches, climb above Australia to top the table.

    Jonny Bairstow (90) and the in-form Joe Root (88) also produced high-quality displays with the bat and Morgan could not be happier with the start his side have made to the tournament.

    "Are we where we want to be? Yes," he added. "The next two or three games are pretty crucial for us. 

    "We want to bring our level of intensity to every game we play. We don't want to slack off. Focusing on that and making that a priority is important to us.

    "The intensity can still be there, but you will still make mistakes. 

    "We managed to spill a couple of catches, which can happen. We'll try hard to improve the next few games. But as long as that's there, I think you can't fault the guys."

    Afghanistan, meanwhile, are still searching for their first victory of the tournament, but captain Gulbadin Naib was philosophical in defeat after Morgan's masterclass.

    "How they played was something special," he said. "Credit goes to Morgan, how he batted, I think it was one of the best innings I've seen from him."

  • Morgan hits record 17 sixes as England trounce Afghanistan Morgan hits record 17 sixes as England trounce Afghanistan

    Records tumbled at Old Trafford on Tuesday as a sensational 148 from Eoin Morgan helped England thrash Afghanistan by 150 runs in the Cricket World Cup and move top of the standings.

    England's captain, fit to play having been troubled by a back spasm against West Indies last time out, thumped 17 sixes - the most by any batsman in an ODI - during an enthralling 71-ball innings as the tournament hosts racked up 397-6 after electing to bat.

    Morgan's glut of maximums enabled England to set a world record of 25 in an innings, while the match featured 33 sixes – a new World Cup high.

    Afghanistan, who remain winless, predictably came up well short in reply but they showed admirable resolve to reach 247-8, Hashmatullah Shahidi top-scoring with 76 after recovering from a nasty blow to the helmet.  

    Jonny Bairstow (90 from 99 deliveries) and the prolific Joe Root (88 from 82) made valuable contributions for England, while Moeen Ali blasted 31 not out from nine balls at the death.

    Yet it was Morgan who took centre stage in stunning fashion, his sixes all coming in the arc between long-off and backward square-leg courtesy of a series of punishing pulls, drives and slog-sweeps.

    Morgan was given a life on 28 when Dawlat Zadran misjudged a chance at deep midwicket off Rashid Khan. The mistake proved painfully costly for Afghanistan and Rashid, who finished with 0-110 from nine overs, the most expensive analysis in World Cup history.

     

    MORGAN MAGNIFICENT, BUT ROOT SO IMPORTANT AGAIN

    Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle have all managed 16 sixes in an ODI innings, but Morgan went one better in Manchester as he compiled the fourth-fastest hundred in World Cup history.

    While the skipper's contribution was outstanding, the efforts of Root - who now has 367 runs in the tournament from five innings - should not be overlooked. England's number three once again fulfilled his role to perfection, ticking along at roughly a run a ball while eschewing risk. By contributing 43 off 33 deliveries during a third-wicket stand of 189 with Morgan, Root did exactly what was required, unselfishly giving as much of the strike as possible to his partner.

     

    ROY'S REPLACEMENT FAILS TO CONVINCE

    Jason Roy's absence was hardly a factor as England romped to victory without their in-form opener, who has been sidelined by a hamstring tear.

    However, James Vince failed to make the most of his opportunity at the top of the order, departing for 26 after a start that had promised much. 

    Roy has already been ruled out of Friday's clash with Sri Lanka, at the very least, and Vince will be eager not to waste another chance with uncertainty surrounding his fellow batsman's availability for the remainder of the tournament.

  • Record six hauls and the second worst ODI bowling figures - Morgan's maximum impact Record six hauls and the second worst ODI bowling figures - Morgan's maximum impact

    Eoin Morgan made history at Old Trafford on Tuesday, striking 17 sixes against Afghanistan to set a new record for the most in an individual ODI innings.

    England's captain thumped 148 from 71 balls as the Cricket World Cup hosts racked up 397-6.

    We take a look at some of the most notable statistics to have arisen from Morgan's wonderful innings.

     

    MOST SIXES IN AN ODI (INDIVIDUAL)

    17 - Eoin Morgan - England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, June 18, 2019.

    16 - Rohit Sharma - India v Australia, Bangalore, Nov 2, 2013; AB de Villiers - South Africa v West Indies, Johannesburg, Jan 18, 2015; Chris Gayle - West Indies v Zimbabwe, Canberra, Feb 24, 2015.

     

    MOST SIXES IN AN ODI (TEAM)

    25 - England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, June 18, 2019.

    24 - England v West Indies, St George's, Feb 27, 2019.

    23 - West Indies v England, Bridgetown, Feb 20, 2019.

     

    MOST RUNS CONCEDED IN AN ODI

    113 - Mick Lewis, South Africa v Australia, Johannesburg, Mar 12, 2006.

    110 - Rashid Khan, England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, June 18, 2019 (from nine overs); Wahab Riaz, England v Pakistan, Trent Bridge, Aug 30, 2016.

    106 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, South Africa v India, Mumbai, Oct 25, 2015; Nuwan Pradeep, India v Sri Lanka, Mohali, Dec 13, 2017.

     

    FASTEST WORLD CUP HUNDREDS

    50 balls - Kevin O'Brien - Ireland v England, Bangalore, Mar 2, 2011.

    51 balls - Glenn Maxwell - Australia v Sri Lanka, Sydney, Mar 8, 2015.

    52 balls - AB de Villiers - South Africa v West Indies, Sydney, Feb 27, 2015.

    57 balls - Eoin Morgan - England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, June 18, 2019.

     

    MOST CAREER ODI SIXES

    351 - Shahid Afridi

    318 - Chris Gayle

    270 - Sanath Jayasuriya

    225 - MS Dhoni

    224 - Rohit Sharma

    211 - Eoin Morgan

    204 - AB de Villiers

    200 - Brendon McCullum

     

    OTHER NOTABLE STATS

    - England's score of 397-6 was their highest at a World Cup and the sixth biggest in history. Australia hold the finals record after compiling 417-6 against Afghanistan in 2015.

    - England hit 18 sixes in the 2015 World Cup, only one more than Morgan managed on Tuesday.

    - Morgan has now managed 22 maximums in the tournament. Australia skipper Aaron Finch (14) is the only other man to have reached double figures.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.