RCB slump to yet another defeat despite Virat Kohli’s valiant knock
RCB’s woes continue as they were beaten convincingly by Dinesh Karthik’s men in a one-sided affair at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Chasing 176, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a flying start. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine stitched a 59 run partnership to give the ideal platform for the rest of the batting line-up to chase down the target. Robin Uthappa played a nice little cameo in the middle and KKR were well on course for a win. Despite the wickets of Uthappa and Russell, KKR romped to victory. Just when RCB looked to pull things back, Dinesh Karthick played some delightful shots and Gill finished it off with a four to give KKR a much-needed victory, much to the frustration of the local support.
Batting first, RCB got off to a great start courtesy of some exquisite strokes from Quinton de Kock and Brendan McCullum. They struck a 67 run partnership before both the openers were sent back to the pavillion in quick succession. Manan Vohra got out for a duck and RCB were in a spot of bother. With AB de Villiers missing the game, the onus was on Virat Kohli to bat until the end and get his team to a competitive total. Mandeep Singh and de Grandhomme played useful cameos and Virat Kohli finished the innings well, ending it with a six to give RCB a fighting chance.
RCB’s batsmen seemed to be in great knick but AB de Villiers’ absence proved pivotal in the end. His firepower in the middle order was sorely missed and Kohli will be desperate to have him back. Fielding is a bit of a concern and Kohli and his men will need to address their issues pretty quickly.
What’s next for RCB?
RCB take on the Mumbai Indians up next at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Both sides are languishing at the bottom, and there will be no lack of motivation from both sides. An exciting encounter is on the cards.