Royal Challengers Bangalore’s already-dismal season suffered another low after they received a hammering at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday (May 7).
After managing to score 158 for six in their 20 overs, the Virat Kohli-led side was blown away by the explosive batting of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn. Narine hit the joint-second fastest fifty in the history of IPL, reaching his maiden IPL half-century in just 15 deliveries while Lynn, returning from an injury lay-off, scored his second fifty of the tournament in just 21 balls, as the two-time IPL champions piled more misery on the beleaguered Royal Challengers by chasing down the total inside 16 overs.
Bangalore, last year’s finalists and boasting a batting line-up that includes Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, were the first team in this year’s IPL to fall out of playoff contention.
They also set a new IPL record for the lowest innings total when they were bowled out for 49 by Kolkata Knight Riders. Of their 13 matches played, Bangalore has lost ten, with two wins and one no result.
In fact, they have also struggled to perform at the M Chinnaswamy stadium which used to be the fortress for them in the past seasons. They managed to win just one match at home but had the chance to give their millions of fans something to smile for by winning their final home game, which they eventually lost.
But despite the Royal Challengers struggling to play good cricket throughout the season, the fans supported them wholeheartedly. Almost every match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium was houseful and so Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli took to Twitter to apologise to the fans for standing up to the reputation.
“Thanks to the @RCBTweets fans for all the unconditional love and support this season as well. Sorry we couldn’t play up to our standards,” Kohli tweeted.
Thanks to the @RCBTweets fans for all the unconditional love and support this season as well. Sorry we couldn't play up to our standards.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 7, 2017
The Bangalore-based outfit, meanwhile, has a chance to bow out of the tournament on a high by winning their final match against Delhi Daredevils on next Sunday (May 14).