They were meant to be a smash hit, but Royal Challengers Bangalore, instead of regaling fans in the United Arab Emirates with big-hitting, are slipping down the depths. Two days after Chris Lynn's stunning catch on the boundary consigned them to defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders, they struggled to put bat to ball against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday.
Chris Gayle has taken to Twitter to agonise how he can't wait to use his bats, all ready with gleaming stickers on. Yet to fully recover from a back problem, the big Jamaican did not make his IPL 7 entry against Rajasthan.
How much he was missed became clear as Virat Kohli and Co capitulated to a paltry 70, Rajasthan going on to win by six wickets. The aggregate of 141 was the lowest ever in a completed IPL game. The sizeable holiday turnout in Abu Dhabi came to watch the ball fly to and over the boundary. In turn, all they witnessed was a spineless batting display by the Bangalore outfit.
There was life on the pitch, but ominously for RCB both openers were gone in the first over. Parthiv Patel was run out after Yogesh Takawale had been dismissed the previous delivery. It was Kohli's bad call but the slide it triggered saw half the side gone before the six power play overs were bowled.
The 25-ball 21 from Virat Kohli demonstrated a level of desperation from the RCB captain as batsmen fell at the other end. Aussie paceman Kane Richardson undermined any attempts at recovery by removing both Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers cheaply.
But Kohli was frustrated by the leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, who at 42 continues to impress. The India vice-captain finally gave up his patient attempt, the swivel and hit only landing in the hands of midwicket.
For a team with a star-studded line-up, being packed off with five overs left will hurt for some time. After starting with two wins, RCB have slipped but nothing will shock more than the abject surrender of the batsmen.
It wasn't all smooth for Rajasthan though. However, opener Ajinkya Rahane (23) and skipper Shane Watson (24) made sure of the win, the second in four games, was sealed with much to spare.