Kohli was again sent off the stump on the very first delivery he faced as RCB was downed for a paltry 68 in just 16.1 overs. This is the sixth lowest total in IPL history.
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The Sunrisers’ paced attack led by Marco Jansen (3/25 in 4 overs) and skillfully supported by Umran Malik (1/19 in 4 overs) and T Natarajan (3/10 in 3 overs) left the star-studded RCB lineup shaken with rhythm, swing and seam.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In response, it took just eight overs for SRH as Abhishek Sharma slaughtered an already deflated RCB attack to score 47 from 28 along with Kane Williamson (16 not knocked out).
The victory also propelled SRH to second place with 10 points while RCB, still third, will like to forget this match as a bad dream. But one might wonder if Kohli can do the same as things are only getting worse for one of world cricket’s great contemporaries.
The problems are very real and unfortunately there is no remedial action to be seen in his approach as the same kind of technical mistakes are repeated over and over again.
A few years ago it was James Anderson and now it’s a Dushmantha Chameera and Marco Jansen, exposing the big crack in Kohli’s armor.
There couldn’t have been a quicker end to a contest as Jansen pulled Faf du Plessis (5), Kohli (0) and Anuj Rawat (0) from the second, third and final delivery of the second to make it 8 for 3.
In Jansen’s case, it was a stitching move off the court with some that angled, some that held his line as Natarajan moved through the air and Malik unleashed his lightning bolts at over 150 clicks.
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In between, left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith (2/12) was also relentless as RCB never had any leeway to get any momentum in his way.
It quickly became 20-for-4 when Natarajan had 12-year-old Glenn Maxwell brilliantly caught by skipper Kane Williamson mid-race. The other player to reach the double is Suyash Prabhudesai (15).
But, it’s Kohli’s dismissal that would certainly deflate his legion of fans as his issues outside of the stump seem to have resurfaced.
Jansen gave Kohli problems in the South Africa Test series a few months ago and again played the ideal length of the Test match, full and allowing the ball to form or hold its line.
In the last game against Lucknow, it was the backstitch that was in operation and Kohli’s propensity to hit deliveries on the off-stump channel with hard hands caused his loss with Aiden Markram breaking it in the second slide .
There wasn’t much resistance from the other hitters and once Dinesh Karthik (7) was caught by Suchith’s leg trying to sweep it was all over for RCB.
Once it was 47 for 6 after nine overs, the lower order looked deathly scared at the fast and furious Umran as it looked like the ball was hitting the bat rather than the other way around.
Natarajan also kept the pressure on, stifling the wickets as veteran Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished the innings.
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