Virat Kohli struck his third half-century of IPL 2017 on Saturday but there was little cheer for the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper as his team’s batting again floundered, this time against Rising Pune Supergiant at the MCA Stadium here. (RPS v RCB BLOG | SCORECARD)
Virat Kohli had heavily criticised his players as they have lurched from one batting collapse to another, which also led to another heavy defeat against the Steve Smith-led IPL team.
He walked the talk, scoring 55 off 48 balls, but Virat Kohli managed to hit just four boundaries and a six as Rising Pune Supergiant dried up the fours and sixes. However, Kohli showed the intent about which he had spoken about, holding one end up till he was dismissed in the 18th over as one batsman after another fell at the other end.
The RCB skipper had no support as he took up the fight chasing the modest 158-run target with the team all but out of the qualifying race.
In the third over itself, Kohli showed his intent of playing positive cricket by slamming Deepak Chahar for three boundaries to take 14 runs off it. Kohli had just lost his opening partner Travis Head in the previous over, but that did not deter the India skipper from going for his shots.
Kohli’s attempt at quick scoring, however, took a severe beating as RCB kept losing wickets at the other end. The frustration loomed large on Kohli’s face as no one was willing to shoulder the responsibility with him in the chase.
Kohli smashed leg spinner Imran Tahir for a six over midwicket to bring up his half-century and some cheer for the RCB fans. He was eventually out slicing a full and wide delivery from Dan Christian to deep cover, where substitute fielder Mayank Agarwal took the catch.