- RCB recorded the lowest total in the history of the Indian Premier League.
- RCB were chasing a paltry target of 132 runs set by Kolkata Knight Riders.
How often do you see a forward short leg and two slips in T20 cricket? We are sure not pretty often. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir resorted to this attacking style of fielding when they were thumping Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Eden Gardens. RCB were bundled out for a meagre total of 49 runs while chasing 132 runs in 20 overs. Believe it or not, 4 years ago, RCB had recorded the highest total in the history of the tournament on the same date (263/5 against Pune Warriors India).
A lineup which has names like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers were shown the doors of the dugout every now and then. As Ravi Shastri had mentioned in the commentary box on Sunday that the RCB batting order crashed like nine pins, Kohli could not agree more with the shock. The RCB skipper termed this disgraceful collapse as reckless.
None of the RCB batsmen was able to reach the double-figure mark. This was indeed shocking a collapse as no one would have even dreamt in their wildest of dreams that Virat Kohli and co. would be put to place in this fashion.
Full credit should go to the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. Despite their struggle, while batting in the first innings, they did not give up and came out and attacked fearlessly and as a result, they tamed the RCB superstars. KKR bowlers - Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav and Colin de Grandhomme did not give away anything at all and kept on tightening the screws.
This loss should be an eye-opener for Kohli and co. There cannot be any excuse for such a collapse. RCB will play two back-to-back home matches against Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad and it is now or never for them.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:56 PM IST