Abu Dhabi: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli offered no excuses after a disastrous batting performance saw his team crash to 70 all out against the Rajasthan Royals. Rajasthan chased down the 71-run target with seven overs to spare and six wickets remaining to complete a comprehensive win.
This was RCB's lowest total ever in the Indian Premier League and Kohli took his team to task after the game, wondering what had led to such a horror show. "It is one of those days we need to forget quickly for it looked like we did not arrive on the field today," a disappointed RCB captain, who top-scored for his team with 21 said.
After being asked to bat, the Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a nightmarish start, losing both openers Yogesh Takawale and Parthiv
Patel in the first over before Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers departed off successive deliveries to Kane Richardson. Kohli was left standing helplessly at the other end as half the RCB side was back in the dugout even before the powerplay could get over. (RR vs RCB: Highlights)
Rajasthan bowlers maintained the pressure throughout and even Kohli fell a little later into RCB's innings, falling tamely to Man-of-the-Match Pravin Tambe, who destroyed Bangalore with a magical spell of 4/20 off his four overs.
"The pressure created by the Royals was extended over a long time. When you lose a wicket every over, it builds up pressure," said Kohli who also was quick to add that the surface was a good batting wicket. Hence, there was no question of defending his star-studded batting line-up over a shocking performance.
Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson, meanwhile, was ecstatic after bouncing back from the defeat against Chennai Super Kings with an easy win on Saturday. The former Australian vice-captain, who took over the RR captaincy role after legendary Indian player Rahul Dravid retired from the IPL last year, also heaped praise on Tambe and said it was difficult to get the 42-year-old leg-spinner away.
"(Pravin) Tambe is a very cagey bowler. I play him a lot in the nets and I know he is very difficult to get away. The important thing was that he got rid of Virat (Kohli), one of the best players of spin in the world. And I am very happy because this win was a good way to bounce back," said Watson in the post-match presentation.
While the Royals have now climbed to fourth position in the IPL points table, Royal Challengers Bangalore have slipped to fifth on the back of two consecutive losses, starting with a heart-breaking defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday in Sharjah.