Royals v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi April 26, 2014

RCB shot out for 70 in big defeat


Rajasthan Royals 71 for 4 (Starc 2-29) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 70 (Tambe 4-20, Richardson 2-18) by six wickets
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Two days ago, when Royal Challengers Bangalore blew a winning position to lose to Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs, Virat Kohli had said his side had lost the game more than the opposition winning it. Royal Challengers repeated the performance against Rajasthan Royals, minus the winning-position part. Within the first 14 deliveries of the match, they lost four wickets, including those of AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh. Just past the halfway stage of their innings, they lost their last realistic hope - Kohli. From 46 for 7, it was somewhat of an achievement to move past the lowest IPL total of 58, but there was no getting back in the game. Royal Challengers posted 70, the third-worst score in the IPL, and Royals completed the formalities for the loss of four wickets.

After Kohli was asked to bat, he said he would have done that anyway had he won the toss. What was to follow, however, wouldn't have figured even in his worst nightmare. This was a pitch with something for the bowlers. There was some seam and bounce, and also a bit of swing. But considering the kind of shots Royal Challengers played, they would have been in trouble on almost any surface.

A couple of dots in the opening over were enough for Yogesh Takawale to charge out and heave at Stuart Binny, only to edge a gentle outswinger to the keeper. Kohli walked in and took a wicket off his first ball. His call for a single following a push to off was so late Parthiv Patel, not the best of runners, had little chance of making it across.

Yuvraj Singh had a nervy seven-ball stay. He was beaten a couple of times by Tim Southee, and almost yorked himself. Then Kane Richardson trotted in and sent down a 129.6 kph outswinger. And Yuvraj promptly followed it and tickled it to second slip.

At 5 for 3, Royal Challengers had their best pair in the middle to combat the crisis. Instead, AB de Villiers played on first ball, attempting a half-hearted back-foot punch without having the width. Kohli needed someone to just last for a few overs. But that was asking for too much.

Three quiet overs later, Sachin Rana played on to Shane Watson in the same manner as de Villiers. Albie Morkel is used to coming in at the death to try and hit his big sixes, but even the Powerplay was not over yet this time. His second ball against spin, Morkel went for a big six, and holed out off a googly from Pravin Tambe.

Kohli must have surely been fuming inside, but the very next ball, he calmly swatted Tambe for four through extra cover. First ball of the next over, he stepped out and lifted Southee over mid-on. That was about as close as Royal Challengers were coming to a fightback. In Tambe's next over, Kohli received a half-tracker and pulled it straight to midwicket.

Mitchell Starc and Ravi Rampaul helped their side move past 58, before Tambe wrapped up the innings to end with 4 for 20, his best IPL figures. The RCB pair bowled their hearts out, but by the time Starc reduced Royals to 36 for 3, they were already more than half way to their target.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Mission Wish List on Outcomes of Matches: RCB Vs KKR - Want KKR to win - has three Bangalore players RCB Vs MI - want MI to win , has one Bangalore player RCB Vs DD - want DD to win , has one Bangalore player RCB Vs RR - want RR to win, has 2 Bangalore players RCB Vs SRH - Don't Care Who Wins RCB Vs CSK - Don't Care Who wins RCB Vs KXIP - Don't Care Who wins There should be a rule on a minimum number of state players in the team it calls itself to be; just like they have max# of foreign players. After all it is touted that IPL helps youngsters from local small players to show their mettle> if the Home team does not pick local unknown talents/gems who will?

  • Greatest_Game on April 27, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @ ThePacifist10 writes "I think Kohli has actually matured as a leader over the past few years."

    I agree that he has matured. However, that is a bit like saying my dog is grown up now, and he does not bite as many people as he used to. Virat shows his emotions so clearly that we can see his mood on TV on the other side of the world.

    Also. dressing room pressure would not only come from him! Coach, management, team ownership all influence the mood, attitude and performance of the team.

  • dummy4fb on April 27, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    RCB and South africa both team can't use ABD in a proper way in the t20 format..he is more a classy steady player than a finisher..he is not Dhoni..he is Ricky he should bat at no.3 or 4 not in 5 or 6..

  • dummy4fb on April 27, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    why everybody blaming Yuvi? everybody didn't play well yesterday... Its ridiculous..

  • android_user on April 27, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    mallya was unhappy on the day of the auction itself for having to bid for yuvaraj for 14 crores when he thought he had him for 10 crores. nobody is with that much money. 1 crore for each of the 14 matches

  • android_user on April 27, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    mr malya give me a chance to me in the next year IPL auction I will get u a strong team u had ever. don't play wit fance feelings.

  • android_user on April 27, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    rcb made a mistake by the purchase of albe he is no where consistent player rcb could have bought henriqs who is consistant and a good fielder. also they could have bought guptil for nick. if they have not bought yuvi rcb would have been strongest team. for 14crore they could have bought maxi robin morkel vinay Dwayne Smit or mcculam duminy. very bad move by virat and Malya.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on April 27, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    With due respect to Yuvraj's achievements in the past, there's no way he can qualify to be above De Villiers in any batting order ever. RCB are just wasting a champion player of all conditions and formats by not using him properly. At the current position, he can score big only if there is a collapse at the top which mean opposition is heavily on top.Even SA are guilty are guilty of leaving him for too late at no. 4/5.Such a batting star, needs to be in top 3 of any batting lineup and is also a big reason why RCB have never been serious challengers so far. Gayle, Kohli have faced the first 12-15 overs in a huge percentage of the games played since 2011 while De Villiers has been left cooling his heels. He would be better served in some other team playing a much bigger role.Maybe Kohli can open and De Villiers at 3.This will ensure that Yuvraj bats at 4 and gets some decent number of balls to face.

  • NIKSTERROR on April 27, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    There was something for the bowlers on the pitch and RCB couldn't do much after the powerplays, I think RR executed bowling very well and good to see Watson with the ball again and Faulkner being dropped. So far Tambe looked the best spinner in IPL and had he been 15 years younger, he could have kknocked doors for national teamm.

  • ravishks on April 27, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Team selection needs an overhaul. Yuvraj needs to be rested. This decision needs to be taken. Get Vijay Zol and Tanmay. Let ABDV open with Parthiv till Gayle is back. Team should be ABDV, PP, Kohli, Zol, Takewale, Tanmay Mishra, Sachin Rana, Albie, Starc, chahal, Dinda and Aaron. It is time to be practical than bother about investment.

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