Nepal’s star leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane dented his chances of featuring regularly for Delhi Capitals during the Indian Premier League this time after returning with the bad bowling statistics against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Even though his team cantered to a four-wicket triumph, Lamichhane was hit for 1-46 in his four overs, so far the worst bowling figures among the six Delhi bowlers. Batting first Bangalore were restricted for 149-8 in 20 overs thanks to a burst of four wickets from South African quick Kagiso Rabada. Delhi lost opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck however captain Shreyas Iyer struck a superb half century to lay the foundation for his team’s third win in six games, which kept them in hunt for the playoff.
Lamichhane’s bowling figure makes all the more concerning considering that fellow left-arm spinner Axar Patel bowled brilliantly, finishing his four overs at 1- 22. Lamichhane was omitted in the team’s first two games however has since been in the starting lineup in the four games coming to Bangalore. Sunday’s performance have taken a gloss out of his previous three best outings. Against Kolkata Knight Riders on March 30, Lamichhane had the best figures of the team taking 1-29. He then took 2-27 against Kings XI Punjab and 1-32 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 4.
Skipper Virat Kohli scored 33-ball 41 and Moeen Ali clobbered 18-ball 32 as Bangalore battled to 149-8 after a tight bowling from pace spearhead Chris Morris (2-28) and Ishant Sharma (0-31).
However Rabada dismissed Kohli, AB de Villiers (17), Akshdeep Nath (19) and Pawan Negi (0) to deny Bangalore posting a big total. Delhi lost Dhawan with just one single run on the board however skipper Iyer along with Prithvi Shaw (28), Colin Ingram (22), Rishabh Pant (18) made sure they inflict sixth successive defeat on the team led by Indian captain Kohli.