DC vs RCB: Did Royal Challengers Bangalore lose due to slow tackles by Virat Kohli?

Last night in the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore had to face a one-sided loss at the hands of Delhi Capitals. In this match held at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, RCB batting first scored 181 runs losing 4 wickets, in response Delhi Capitals easily achieved the target with 20 balls to spare. Delhi won here by 7 wickets. Immediately after this match, cricket fans began to tell about the reason for RCB’s defeat on social media. Among these reasons, one of the most important was considered to be Virat Kohli’s slow tackles.

To a large extent, this analysis by cricket fans was also correct. In fact, Virat Kohli played a 55-run innings off 46 balls in this match. His strike rate was less than 120. He couldn’t hit a single six in the innings of him. He did most of the runs hitting singles-doubles. The good thing is that his slow innings came at a time when RCB hadn’t even lost a wicket.

His starting partner Duplessis was hitting fast, but Virat was very slow. The result was that RCB were able to score just 82 runs in 10.2 overs, while all the wickets were left in their hands. The effect of the low run rate was that Duplessis and Maxwell were fired for playing bigwigs. Even after the dismissal of these two, Virat continued to bat slowly.

While Mahipal Lomror, standing with him at one end, scored runs with a strike of around 200, Virat’s strike rate stayed at around 120. Virat was dismissed on 16 and by then it was too late. In the latter, RCB somehow made it to 181. Considering the mood on the Delhi pitch on Sunday, that was a very low score. Had Virat scored 25-20 more runs according to the number of balls he bowled, then the RCB bowlers could have challenged Delhi.

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By contrast, Delhi Capitals chased the target of 182 in stormy fashion. Early on, Warner and Phil Salt began scoring quick runs. The score reached 60 in the first 5 overs itself. Warner was here, but even after his departure, Phil Salt and Mitchell Marsh continued to score quick runs. Phil Salt scored 32 more runs playing one less ball than the number of balls played by Virat and this was the difference between RCB and Delhi’s win-loss. Salt played an excellent innings of 87 runs off 45 balls. He hit 6 sixes in his innings.

Cricket fans on social media compared Virat to Phil Salt’s innings and said King Kohli’s slow innings were the reason for RCB’s defeat.

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