Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes, Brendon McCullum. These are the names which are representing Royal Challengers Bangalore, but sadly the team is on the brink of elimination as they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs.
5 factors which helped Hyderabad beat Bangalore:
1. Kane Williamson leading by example:
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson might not be a typical T20 player, but this season he has led SRH from the front and scored a magnificent 56 off 39 balls on a slow pitch. Hyderabad had already lost Shikhar Dhawan and Alex Hales early, but Williamson using all his experience bided the innings together and help SRH put a respectable score on the board.
2. Southee and Siraj inflicting blows:
RCB in this season have been plagued by poor and erratic bowling and captain Virat Kohli has made his displeasure known in public. But ever since Tim Southee’s arrival, the bowling has looked in much better shape and again on Monday Southee and Mohammed Siraj picked up three wickets each and never allowed SRH to get away to a big score.
3. RCB’s top order conundrum continues:
Bangalore has been making too many changes at the top and there is no stability. RCB on Monday opened with Parthiv Patel and Manan Vohra and again Kohli had to come in early to stabilise the innings. The main issue for RCB has been the failing of Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum and the over-reliance on Kohli and de Villiers.
4. Rashid Khan getting the better of AB:
Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is a highly rated T20 bowler across the world and is a masterful tactician. Khan came into the attack as Kohli came and had him dropped. But, the main battle was between de Villiers and Khan and after an unsuccessful referral, Khan clean bowled AB for five runs and that wicket sealed the deal for the Orange Army.
Rashid Khan has been getting better with each passing game and if Hyderabad wants to win the title then Khan has to fire on all cylinders.
5. What next for Kohli and RCB?:
Virat Kohli is a proud individual and never likes to lose, but their season is coming to an end barring some miracle and with the team Kohli had, they would be disappointing, to say the least.
Bangalore has flattered to deceive and the inconsistencies and sloppiness have been the biggest reasons for RCB’s dismal show and in the remaining matches, Kohli has to boost his players’ confidence and tell them to play for pride.