However, things did not go as to the plan for the Virat Kohli-led team. The team was not looking comfortable from the beginning itself. Every fan was expecting the best from the team because this was going to be the last phase or season where Virat Kohli was going to be the captain.
This is because Virat Kohli recently made the announcement regarding his stepping down from the RCB captaincy. He decided to further focus on his batting which has been doing poorly for the past two years.
The Indian captain does not have a single century across all formats of the game from the past two years. However, the player still averages more than 50 in both test cricket as well as ODI cricket.
But things were different in today’s IPL game where RCB batsmen failed on a relatively batting-friendly pitch. The Abu Dhabi pitch is dry but it also has grass which helps the ball travel towards the bat at the right speed.
However, Virat Kohli got out in the second over of the game itself. The wicket came at the 10th ball of the game when the score of RCB was 10. Prasiddh Krishna bowled a beauty to get Kohli out. However, wickets kept on falling at regular intervals in the game.
RCB already lost two crucial wickets in the power play for only 41 runs. But things went on deteriorating for the Bangalore-based team as wickets kept on falling. And in came the powerful duo of Maxwell and AB de Villiers.
IPL 2021: Andre Russell bowls a beauty to get AB de Villiers out
The best moment of the innings came when Andre Russell came to bowl in the 9th over of the game. The West Indian international first took the wicket of S Bharat in the first ball. And after that, Russell in the same over bowled a cracker delivery to AB de Villiers.
The West Indian bowled an unplayable yorker. Even the best of the batsman would eventually get out on such a beautiful ball.
And the same thing went on to happen for AB de Villiers. He got out facing his first ball of the game. Hence the South African got out for a golden duck.
However, the Bangalore team is in huge trouble with the score being only 60 in eleven overs. But the main concern is not the slow rate but the loss of four crucial wickets.
However, Glenn Maxwell is still at the crease who could change the match for RCB.