Kagiso Rabada and Shreyas Iyer starred as Delhi Capitals beat Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. @PTI/BCCI

They simply can’t win. They have played against all the opponents barring one in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are yet to win a game.

The four-wicket loss against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday was their sixth consecutive defeat of the season and the side, if it loses its next game, will hold an unsavoury record of losing most number of matches (seven) in the first half of an IPL season, surpassing Delhi Daredevils, who are now Delhi Capitals’ record of six defeats. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019, RCB vs DC: Kagiso Rabada, Shreyas Iyer star as Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Here are the talking points from RCB versus DC game in Bengaluru

Virat Kohli denied strike

Kohli is RCB’s most important player and their best batsman. Ideally, with him opening the batting, he is expected to enjoy the strike on a consistent basis. More so, when the others in the top four struggling to go big and bat long. (IPL 2019, RCB vs DC: Match in Highlights)

Kohli, who scored 41 to be RCB’s highest run-getter in this match, got out on the first delivery of the 18th over (103rd legal delivery) and had faced only 33 balls while the likes Parthiv Patel (9 from 9 balls), AB de Villiers (17 off 16 balls), Marcus Stoinis (15 off 17 balls), Moeen Ali (32 off 18 balls) and Akshdeep Nath (15 off 10 balls) had consumed 70 balls between themselves till the time Kohli got out. Barring Moeen, no one scored in excess of/closer to the strike rate of 170 or more.

Parthiv drops Iyer, RCB drops match

Not that it was a big total but RCB’s 149 was not a low total either; especially on a tricky wicket. They could have defended the same, but for that to happen they had to make the most of every little chance that came their way. Shreyas Iyer offered them when he was on four in the first over, soon after Tim Southee had dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for a duck.

But as Iyer edged the sixth ball of the opening over, playing away from the body, to Parthiv, the RCB wicketkeeper failed to hold on to a catch. (ALSO READ: We can’t keep giving excuses every game: Virat Kohli after RCB slump to sixth straight loss)

Southee’s next over cost RCB 20 runs and Iyer added 63 runs after that drop, which turned out to be a match-winning knock, and it handed the Bengaluru-based franchise their sixth defeat in a row.

Kohli too highlighted that fact, saying, “When the mind is cluttered you wouldn’t be focused on the chances that come your way. Clarity of my mind is important specially if you want to take the 50-50 chances. No one keeps giving you chances in T20 cricket, we got two there – Shreyas got 65 (67), he was on 4 when he was dropped.”

Kagiso Rabada’s bowling:

While he was pivotal in DC’s last win, bowling that terrific Super Over against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kagiso Rabada once again turned up for DC and set up their third win of the season. The South African pacer scalped four wickets, conceding just 21 runs in his four overs and made sure RCB did not finish on a high. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019: Iyer lauds Rabada, bowlers as DC beat RCB)

Although Rabada, during the post-match presentation, highlighted that he “does not see himself as a leader”, he is clearly Shreyas Iyer’s main strike bowler and he proved that by dismissing the mainstays of RCB batting – Kohli and de Villiers, before adding two more wickets to his tally to become the Purple Cap holder with 11 wickets against his name in 6 matches.