IPL 2019: Rabada completes Kohli-de Villiers double to clinch career-best T20 figures

first_imgKagiso Rabada became the latest bowler in Indian Premier League (IPL) to pick up the wickets of Royal Challengers Bangalore superstars AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the same match.Rabada shone with the ball for Delhi Capitals as they restricted RCB to just 149 for 8 in 20 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore, sporting green for the annual “Go Green” initiative, were hoping for a change in fortunes after five straight defeats in IPL 2019.However, if their batting performance is anything to go by, RCB are well on their way to complete six in six.Kagiso Rabada picked up his career-best bowling figures on a Bengaluru track that offered a bit of assistance to the pace bowlers.It all started when Rabada outfoxed his countryman AB de Villiers with a slower ball to send him walking back for 17 in the final over of the powerplay.Coming back to bowl his third over towards the end of the innings, Rabada derailed RCB’s progress by picking up three wickets in a space of six balls.He removed Virat Kohli for 41 just when the RCB captain was stepping on the gas after having hit Sandeep Lamichhane for a couple of sixes in the previous over.Rabada then came up with a cross-seamer to remove Akshdeep Nath who tried to run one down the third-man boundary. In the final ball of his third over, Rabada fired in a yorker to trap Pawan Negi in front.From 133 for 4, RCB slipped to 138 for 7 after Rabada struck thrice in the over. Rabada finished with figures of 4 for 21, the best by a Delhi Capitals (Daredevils) bowler against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He broke the record held by Australia great Glenn McGrath (4 for 29 in 2008 in Delhi) on Sunday.advertisementWhat an over that from that man again, KG. Picks up three wickets in a single over pic.twitter.com/zJwKVaagOw IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 2019Speaking after his potentially match-winning effort with the ball, Rabada said: “Watching the games in Bangalore, there is a lot of bounce and pace on this track. Everyone bowled well, we just kept it simple. They were finding it tough against cross-seam, usually, I keep it between seam-ups and cross seam.”Notably, Rabada has become the second bowler after Karnataka and Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal to pick up the wickets of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the same match.Also Read | Just saw Super Over as a simulation and glad it paid off: Kagiso RabadaAlso Read | Rabada promised to bowl only yorkers in Super Over vs KKR: DC captain Iyerlast_img

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