Inconsistency has been Royal Challengers Bangalore’s nemesis throughout all the seasons of the Indian Premier League. The ongoing season, which came to a premature end for them on Saturday, has not been an exception either. The Royal Challengers had their task cut against Rajasthan Royals in their last league game. A win would have put them in a strong place for a playoff spot.
However, as usual, the Royal Challengers failed to deliver in the do-or-die game. With three wins on the trot, the momentum was firmly with Virat Kohli & Co. However, the three-time finalists came up with a dismal batting effort to lose the game by 30 runs. Chasing a modest yet competitive 165, the Royal Challengers were all out for just 134. Apart from AB de Villiers who scored 53, none of the other batsmen showed any fight. They were relatively well placed at 75 for 1 but lost their next seven wickets for 33.
Earlier in the game, Rahul Tripathi held one end together, carrying his bat through for a 58-ball 80 to help Royals post a challenging 164 for 5 on a tricky pitch.
Speaking after the game, Umesh Yadav admitted that the Royal Challengers failed to play as per plans. He also rued to lack of partnership during the chase.
“We were unable to execute our plans properly and we gave away our wickets quite easily. We needed one or two good partnerships, but that did not happen,” Umesh told the media.
Yadav was once again the pick of the RCB bowlers with three wickets and he ended the season with an impressive haul of 20 wickets. Although he was happy with his individual show in IPL 2018, he pointed out that the team always comes first.
“I think I bowled well this season and was able to get quite a number of wickets. Reaching the play-offs was my biggest priority but I am disappointed for the team,” he said.