Monday night turns out to be one of the worst outings Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since they were bundled together for only 92 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash in 2021 in Abu Dhabi.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli could only score 5 runs, while the South African superstar AB de Villiers was discharged for a golden duck.
De Villiers, who is considered a crisis man for the Challengers, came in at number 5 and was expected to get RCB out of hot water, but a cruel delivery by the all-rounder from KKR Andre Russell send him back to the excavation without bothering the scorers.
It all happened in the ninth over when Russell bowled an anti-crushing yorker aimed at bone stump. De Villiers could not land his bat at the right time as the white ladder hit his left block and hit the stumps.
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Apart from De Villiers, Russell sent back Srikar Bharat (16) and Mohammed Siraj (8) to complete his wicket with three wickets, while conceding just nine runs in three overs. Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy also dominated the proceedings and picked up three headers for just 13 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
With a slight goal of 93, KKR finished the match in 10 overs with nine wickets in hand. Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer formed a brilliant partnership of 82 runs for the first wicket and took away the match from RCB. Gill made 48 runs while Iyer remained unbeaten at 41.
RCB captain Kohli described the embarrassment as a wake-up call for the team. He said the big setback came at the beginning of the second leg, so they now know what the exact areas are that they need to work on.
‘We honestly did not expect so much dew to kick in so early; we could not have predicted it. It looked like a good wicket to bat with first. We were 42-for-one and then lost about five wickets within 20 runs from there, which is a very difficult situation to come back to. ‘There’s a little breakdown for us, a little wake-up call, and we can have it at the beginning of the second leg too, so we know exactly what we need to work on.’ said Kohli during the post-match presentation.