Game 31 of IPL 2020, when two evenly balanced batting teams Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) faced-off at Sharjah Cricket Ground – which is a batting paradise. Kings XI Punjab was looking for the win to keep their campaign alive in the tournament. The early prediction was Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) has the advantage over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) but KXIP outperformed RCB to register their Second win by 8 wickets of the tournament against the same opponent they have faced earlier.
After winning the toss Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) decided to bat first on the batting track of Sharjah. Although openers have started well but one absurd collapse exposes the strength of RCB. Even sending players like AB de Villiers at NO.6 was the big question mark on the management which result in the cause of RCB fell short of 30-35 runs.
In response, KXIP easily chased the target of 172 with 8 wickets in hands on the absurd bowling combination in the RCB bowling department. Having said, let us take a look at four things that went wrong for RCB.
1) RCB fell short of 30-35 Runs
Teams have been batting either first or second at Sharjah Cricket Ground easily scoring runs like a flood. So even after scoring 200 plus runs team is not sure about victory. That’s what happened with the RCB batting line-up who was at one stage looking for 220 plus.
Winning the toss RCB Skipper decided to bat first which was no surprise as teams batting second failed to chase the target most of the time. RCB openers provided the start RCB needed for the big score but other players failed to capitalize on the momentum given by the openers which in the end cause the RCB team to manage to score 171 with the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
2) RCB Absurd Batting Collapse
Royal challengers Bangalore got a great start from their regular openers Aaron finch and Devdutt Padikkal. But the RCB team failed to capitalize on the momentum.
Royal challengers Bangalore reached 62 runs in just 6.2 overs and they were heading towards the big score. But what followed next was an absurd collapse from 62/1 to 136/6 by the end of 18 overs.
The score which was at one stage looking over 200 plus easily but RCB managed to get just 171 runs with the quick-fire innings of Chris Morris 9 ball-25 runs which featured 3 sixes and one boundary towards the end.
3) Too Many Experiments with the Batting Order of RCB
One obvious reason for the loss against Kings XI Punjab was sending players like AB de Villiers in the 18th over. This was a completely wrong choice by the management with the momentum provided by the RCB openers.
RCB needs a player like AB de Villiers to bat up the order who could take the scoreboard easily over 200 plus with his jaw-dropping stroke play. AB de Villiers only managed to score 2 runs and went back to the pavilion by giving his wicket to Mohammad Shami.
If RCB ever looking to lift their first-ever IPL Trophy by the end of the 13th edition of the cash-rich league. They don’t have to experiment with batting order as they only batting strength to rely on in every sense.
4) RCB not Playing With Best XI
Dale Steyn, Adam Zampa, and Josh Phillippe there is no point in keeping such class players on the bench for too long time. Although RCB won 5 out of 8 games in the tournament half of the tournament is still has to go.
Major A-List teams are not into the race to the playoffs and they are looking to make a comeback. So it has been clear the tournament in the second half will be more interesting when teams fight for the playoffs.
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