“It’s hard for a captain to stand here and talk when the team is performing like this. We lost that game rather than them winning it. We are almost not in the race for the play-offs.”
This is what Virat Kohli said after another horrible show from his teammates in the recently concluded match against Rising Pune Supergiant.
Chasing a modest 157 to keep alive their slim hopes of making it to the playoffs, the Royal Challengers batsmen came to cropper once again, as they were restricted to 96 for nine in the allotted 20 overs.
Virat Kohli, who as usual opened the innings, went in with a new partner, Australia international- Travis Head. The move, however, did not pay dividends, as the latter was dismissed for two in the very second over.
AB de Villiers also failed to do much with the bat before Kedar Jadhav also joined him in the hut after a terrible miscommunication resulted in his run-out, leaving the Royal Challengers reeling at 44 for three in the eighth over.
The next batsmen also could not do much with the bat, as the runners-up of last year found themselves six down in the 13th over with only 61 on the board.
On the other end, Kohli was fighting a lone battle and was trying his best to keep his team in the hunt but the lack of support from his teammates never allowed him to play his usual attacking game.
With the game all but beyond his team, Kohli hit a six in the seventeenth over to complete his third fifty of the tournament before becoming the ninth batsmen to be dismissed.
Looking to hit a Dan Christian delivery for a big shot, the India skipper stepped out. However, the fast-bowler cleverly took the pace off the ball which did not allow Kohli to time his shot. The ball went over the cover region where Mayank Agarwal made no mistake in pouching the catch. Kohli scored 55 off 48 balls with the help of four fours and one six.
Here is a clip of his dismissal:
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