After a morale-boosting win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced off against KL Rahul's Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Match 6 of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).
RCB's showing on the night was nothing short of horrific, with captain Virat Kohli having one of the worst games of his IPL career. After he decided to field first, opposition captain KL Rahul put the RCB bowlers to the sword en route to a record-breaking unbeaten 132.
Umesh Yadav and Dale Steyn were shambolic on the night, as they registered economy rates of 11.66 and 14.25 respectively. Kohli dropped a couple of costly catches in the field off KL Rahul's bat, with KXIP managing to cross the 200-run mark in the final over.
In response, RCB were never really in the game. Devdutt Padikkal managed only 1 run before top-edging a pull, with captain Kohli getting dismissed in almost identical fashion. These two wickets were interspersed by a failed promotion of Josh Philippe, who bagged a 3-ball duck after being promoted to No. 3.
AB de Villiers and Aaron Finch briefly revived the RCB innings, but the two overseas stars got out in the span of 4 balls to dash any hopes of a miraculous comeback.
Almost all the KXIP bowlers did well, with Ravi Bishnoi picking up 3 wickets and the others chipping in as well. The RCB middle order didn't even attempt to get close to the KXIP target in an attempt to salvage their NRR, and eventually fell to a whopping 97-run defeat.
Twitter exploded after the RCB horror show, and here are some of the best reactions from the social media platform.
Twitter reacts to IPL 2020, KXIP vs RCB
Once Alex FergHesson said:— Pingami (@veeschanged) September 24, 2020
"Give me one Umesh Yadav and 10 superstars, I will win the IPL for the opposition." pic.twitter.com/FRy94wi8Cz
People trolling Umesh Yadav for his bowling.— kokilakibahu (@kokilakibahu) September 24, 2020
Meanwhile Virat Kholi after dropping easy catch. pic.twitter.com/JSEeM27fle
Virat had LIVE video chat with Modi before the match and still his team lost.— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) September 24, 2020
NO MODI WAVE.
Virat has KL Rahul as his Dream 11 captain. No other explanation— babu bisIeri LIHC (@baabuOP) September 24, 2020
Virat Kohli vs KXIP | IPL 2020 | Better than Sachin Tendulkar??? pic.twitter.com/52V2y8wDDJ— CNK (@jacknjohnnie) September 24, 2020
RCB's progress every IPL -— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 24, 2020
Match 1 - Ee Sala Cup Namde.
Match 2 - Ee Sala Cup.
Match 3 - Ee Sala.
Match 4 - Ee!#RCBvKXIP
RCB now trying to chase K L Rahul's individual score.— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) September 24, 2020
After Chris Gayle, RCB haven't found an opener who can stick to wicket for even 10 overs and play at 150+ Strike Rate. Even a 40 year old Chris Gayle would've scored more than anyone RCB bought in auctions after him.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 24, 2020
After today:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) September 24, 2020
RCB: 1 win in 2 games
CSK: 1 win in 2 games
KXIP: 1 win in 2 games
MI: 1 win in 2 games
RR: Strong start, even without Buttler and Stokes
DC: 1 win in 1
SRH: Always challenging
KKR: Will compete
Could be one of the closest, most even IPLs