Royal Challengers Banglore faced a shocker of a defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Winning the toss Virat Kohli and co opted to bowl first, they had a pretty decent first innings bundling up KKR for a easy 131. However what happened next was not only unexpected and shocking but almost felt bizarre and was difficult to swallow. A line up boasting of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB De Villers at the top could manage only a meager 49 runs in the 9.4 overs of their struggle for survival.The landslide of wickets definitely has to be attributed to KKR’s bowlers especially to Nathan Coulter Nile who rolled out a brilliant spell. The irony with RCB stands out to be that, RCB holds a record of the highest total in IPL i.e. 263-5 which was made on the same date four years ago and now it also holds a record for the lowest score in IPL i.e. 49-10!
Twitteratis expressed their views over this horrific RCB performance, Brilliant bowling show by the KKR and this cracker of a match, here are some of the tweets:
The Funny ones…
This is not mobile number, it's individual runs scored by each RCB batsman today. #KKRvRCB
— Merin Kumar ™ (@merin_kumar) April 23, 2017
Looks like entire RCB team in hurry to watch El Clasico…
— Fambeat (@Fambeatoff) April 23, 2017
RCB lost first 4 wickets faster than 'MutualFundsAreSubjectToMakertRiskReadAllSchemesRelatedDocumentsCarefullyBlaBla.." #KKRvRCB
— prayag sonar (@prayag_sonar) April 23, 2017
The experts and the stats-men..
No words. Incredible. Where were #RCB tonight?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 23, 2017
No batsmen reaching double figures in an inngs in T20s:
Titans v Eagles, Centurion, 2004
Tri v Jhknd, Dhanbad, 2008
RCB v KKR *#KKRvRCB
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) April 23, 2017
RCB’s top seven combined scored 35 off 46 balls, only one more than Narine managed by himself earlier: 34 off 17 balls. #IPL
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 23, 2017
So, bowlers do still win matches #KKRvRCB
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) April 23, 2017
— SAMRAT (@CricSamrat) April 23, 2017
And the fans…
— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) April 23, 2017
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 23, 2017
It’s difficult to stand as a captain when your team has been slayed so brutally.Virat Kohli was visibly very disappointed with his teams performance and looked emotional as he spoke about his teams performance at the post match presentation, here are his statements:
on his teams performance;
“Probably our worst batting performance, the worst of the IPL as well. Very hurtful for me to stand here and talk. I thought we could capitalize and cash in during the chase. I can’t say anything now, but our performance was unacceptable. Disgraceful batting, reckless from us, one of the worst collapses ever.”
About the issues with the sight screen;
“The sight screen was slightly short here, that led to my lapse in concentration, but I was the first to get out, there were nine others in the hut. It was a shocking batting performance. We just didn’t turn up with the bat. There’s nothing to review, need to forget and move on”
well Kohli we do feel for you we hope RCB bounces back and for the KKR fans its celebration time as they have stood true to their tagline of Karbo-Larbo-jeetbo!