Yet another loss for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League 2019. The heroics from Andre Russell handed fifth loss in the season for Virat Kohli-led side. The knock of Russell was the complete game-changer, which outsmarted Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers’ show.
The wicket looked fantastic to bat, which was perfectly used by Virat Kohli and Co. The opener Parthiv Patel alongside Virat Kohli smashed KKR bowlers to all corners of the park in the powerplay overs.
Parthiv Patel continued his stunning form while Virat Kohli looked altogether in a different class. The duo added a fantastic 64 runs for the first wicket before Nitish Rana bagging the wicket of Parthiv Patel.
It was a blessing in disguise moment for Royal Challengers Bangalore, as AB de Villiers made his way into the crease. He took a couple of bowls to get into the momentum and then went for a kill at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
In reply to RCB’s 205, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a flying start with Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine smoking the ball more often than not. However, Pawan Negi’s stunning catch saw Sunil Narine walking back to the hut.
Just when things looked drifting away for Royal Challengers, then came the magical spell of bowling from Pawan Negi, which completely turned things in favour of Royal Challengers Bangalore. But, it was just a matter of time for Russell, who finished the match his stunning striking. He finished things off in a style for Kolkata Knight Riders thus handing fifth loss for RCB.
We needed to be more clever – Virat Kohli
Speaking of the loss, Virat Kohli quoted that the death bowling has once again been the major factor for the loss. He completely lost trust on the bowlers, who cited that even 20-25 more wouldn’t have been an advantage with that kind of bowling in the death overs.
”There is no guessing here, the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That’s been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, then you will always struggle against power-hitters like Russell,” he said.
Further, he went on to add saying that the talking in the dressing room won’t help when the performance on the fielding isn’t matching to it. Meanwhile, he is still hopeful of making a comeback.
”I wasn’t really happy getting out at that moment, could’ve got 20-30 more. I thought the runs were enough on the board, we didn’t show enough composure. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don’t think talking enough helps. It’s been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances. We just have to believe in ourselves,” he added.
All in all, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out for Royal Challengers. Now, they will host Delhi Capitals on Sunday in the same venue.