2020 was one other yr of so shut but to this point for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The 13-year-long hope of RCB followers shattered on Friday after Virat Kohli and Co didn’t ship in the playoffs but once more. Vying for his or her maiden IPL trophy, the Bangalore aspect put up a below-par efficiency when it mattered most, ensuing right into a six-wicket beating in opposition to SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH).
The Eliminator of the on-going IPL version was a story of two contrasting sides. While RCB’s dismal present in playoffs continued, SRH cruised additional in their title heist. Over-reliance on Kohli-AB de Villiers duo has been RCB’s flaw for a few years. And that is what the world witnessed on yet another event.
Along with their batting woes, RCB have additionally been struggling so as to add a match-winner in their bowling artillery. The likes of Mohammed Siraj, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar did depart a mark on the UAE wickets. However, it was ‘by no means sufficient’ to mount a title problem.
De Villiers was the one batsman who stood up whereas RCB suffered a batting debacle in the primary innings. As many as six gamers did not even cross the double-digit mark in the primary innings. De Villiers, saving RCB’s sinking ship, scored a 43-ball 56 to information them to a modest complete of 131 runs.
Aaron Finch‘s 32 off 30 was additionally very important amid RCB’s torrid batting show. However, the rating was by no means sufficient to mount stress on SRH’s batting unit, led by the brilliance of Kane Williamson. In Wriddhiman Saha‘s absence and David Warner’s uncommon failure, Williamson rose to the event and slammed a half-century to seal the victory for his aspect.
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RCB’s dismal present in playoffs over time
In a low-scoring affair, the RCB bowling drive by no means appeared on high of the sport and their gloomy playoffs saga continued with a six-wicket drubbing. Had RCB completed second by thumping Delhi Capitals (DC) in their final league-stage fixture, it could’ve been a distinct story altogether. However, leaving followers dejected, Kohli’s males fizzled out in their trophy hunt on yet another event.
Though RCB have not lifted silverware but, they have been a well-recognized face of the playoffs. The franchise had made the semifinals in three of the primary 4 IPL seasons. But they by no means cruised previous the ending line. Little did the followers know that that they had signed up for a unending hiatus.
RCB completed as runners-up in 2009 and 2011 — in all probability amongst two best IPL outings. While they fell six runs quick in opposition to Deccan Chargers in 2009, the Daniel Vettori-led RCB suffered a six-wicket defeat in opposition to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2011. It has been downhill ever since. In the previous eight seasons, RCB have managed to qualify for playoffs solely on three events — 2015, 2016 and 2020. They made it to Qualifier 2 in the 2015 version however a strong CSK aspect derailed them but once more. Chasing 140, the MS Dhoni-led aspect bought previous RCB with a ball to spare and booked their place in the ultimate.
RCB missed the title by a whisker in 2016
The subsequent yr — 2016 — was the all-time season for the Bangalore aspect. Their two rock-solid pillars, Kohli and de Villers, have been brute with their willow. Skipper Kohli scored a document 973 runs in simply 16 matches whereas de Villiers gathered 687 at a median of 687. It appeared like RCB’s dearth was lastly going to finish. However, it was SunRisers Hyderabad SRH) who shattered their pipe dream in the ultimate.
While chasing a large 208-run complete, Kohli’s males fell quick by eight runs handy David Warner his maiden IPL trophy. While opening the innings, Chris Gayle and skipper Kohli got here out strongly to bolster their probabilities of lifting the coveted trophy. Gayle hammered 76 off 38 balls whereas Kohli amassed a 35-ball 54. Despite stitching a 114-run opening stand, RCB’s run-chase crumbled in the top and managed to submit 200 on the scoreboard.
Following their exploits in 2016, RCB endured three dreadful seasons, ending with a wood spoon in two of them (2017 and 2019). Shrugging off their three dismal IPL editions, RCB got here out all weapons blazing with just a few additions to their artillery.
Devdutt Padikkal, arguably probably the most spectacular teen this season, did put up match-winning performances together with Kohli and de Villiers. However, all of it appeared pointless in opposition to SunRisers on Friday. Neither Kohli nor Padikkal managed to depart a mark in the Eliminator, leaving ardent RCB followers broken-hearted and demoralized.
“It was amazing to have had this opportunity to come out and play. There’s a bigger picture going around here and we are all contributing to that. To all our fans who have supported us like every year, we just want to thank them,” mentioned Kohli whereas bidding adieu to the IPL title this yr.