RCB were beaten by RR by a 30-run margin as the Virat Kohli led side was ruled out of IPL 2018.
It could not have been a worse result for RCB as they stepped in to the encounter against RR with hopes of making a meal out of the home team. Bangalore were expecting a big win to ameliorate their NRR and go ahead of MI.
On the other hand, RR were at 12 points before the match, with a Net Run Rate unworthy of a mention. Even after their win, they have only given themselves an outside chance as they have now jumped to 14 points.
Chasing a 165-run target, RCB could have gone about their business in a much more professional manner. With two of the world’s greatest white ball batsmen in AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli at the helm, all they needed to do was knock the ball around and take the match deeper.
Instead, they fell for the low-lying bait of finishing the match within 16 overs – with Virat Kohli trying to go hard from the outset – so as to improve their NRR. As it turned out, they could achieve neither of the two.
A lone hand from AB de Villiers (53) was not enough as the team met a 30-run loss. After the Virat Kohli led side bowed out of the IPL, this is what tweeple had to say:
Will be interesting to see what, if anything, #RCB do about the leadership group next season. Unthinkable that they'd change captain. Spotlight firmly on Vettori, after three epic fails in five seasons. #IPL2018 #RRvRCB— Dileep Premachandran (@SpiceBoxofEarth) May 19, 2018
My chant went through a mild transformation -— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 19, 2018
R.C.B. R.C.B. R.C.B.
R.C.B. R.S.B. R.S.B. R.S.K. R.S.K. C.S.K.
C.S.K. C.S.K. C.S.K.
#RRvRCB— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 19, 2018
Ayyo. Kohli is gone. MelanKohli has set in.
Bowling apart - Heinrich Klaasen has had a brilliant day at work. Valuable runs and excellent glovework behind the stumps.. Turning track, ball keeping low by didn’t miss a thing. #RRvRCB @rajasthanroyals— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) May 19, 2018
Smart captaincy from Kohli. Didn't take the DRS against Rahane.— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) May 19, 2018
They understand the importance of him continuing out there in the middle.#RRvRCB
When you play the extra bowler, backing bowlers to win the game for you, this is the kind of start you want from the top order. #RRvRCB— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 19, 2018
Good luck to the @rajasthanroyals boys tonight ! Thinking of you all & looking forward to a win...— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) May 19, 2018
Had been that kind of tournament for RCB. 59/9 after the 8 th over. Shreyas Gopal was outstanding and I really feel @rajasthanroyals would be delighted with Tripathi coming good at the top. In this line up, he has to open #RRvRCB— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 19, 2018
Just a reminder: Shreyas Gopal was picked up for his base price of 20 lakhs. #RCB couldn't have cared less at the auction when any of the local boys came up.— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) May 19, 2018
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