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Why Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore are the worst in IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore were bundled out for 49, the lowest total in the history of Indian Premier League, against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 23. On this day four years ago, RCB had notched up the highest-ever Twenty20 score.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 24, 2017 13:03 IST
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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli reacts during the 2017 Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday. (AFP)

Before the start of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders, April 23 was a happy date for Virat Kohli’s team. After the end of Sunday’s Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens, April 23 will now also evoke nightmare memories.

In their game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for a woeful 49 in pursuit of 131.

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None of the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen got to double figures, the batsmen’s scores reading 7,0,1,8,9,8,2,0,2,5,0.

After the match, skipper Virat Kohli summed up the mood in the camp when he said, “Our worst batting performance, the worst of the IPL as well. Very hurtful for me to stand here and talk.”

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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total of 49 in just 9.4 overs is the lowest total in the history of IPL, beating the previous mark of 58 by Rajasthan Royals, which was against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2009 Indian Premier League match in Cape Town, South Africa.

High to low

That it happened on April 23, 2017, would make this even more disappointing for on this very day in 2013, there were plenty of records broken.

On April 23, 2013, Royal Challengers Bangalore played Pune Warriors at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. It was the day Chris Gayle went ballistic as he blasted 175 off 66 balls. He notched up his century in just 30 balls and the knock included 13 fours and 17 sixes as Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up 263/5.

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Gayle’s score of 175 was the highest in T20 history, the total of 17 sixes the most hit by a batsman in a Twenty20 innings. Gayle also smashed the fastest 100 in limited-overs cricket by reaching the landmark in 30 balls while Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total of 263/5 remains the highest score by a team in Twenty20s.

On April 23 2013, Royal Challengers Bangalore held the record for the highest team total in IPL history. On April 23, 2017, the tables have turned and Royal Challengers Bangalore now hold the record for the lowest total ever.

First Published: Apr 24, 2017 00:35 IST