Virat Kohli endured one of his worst days on the cricket field on Thursday during the game against Kings XI Punjab. Nothing went his way as Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a heavy 97-run defeat in a game that started on a promising note but eventually turned out to be a lopsided contest.
Asked to bat first, Kings XI Punjab piled up a massive total of 206 for 3 in their allotted 20 overs thanks to an unbeaten century from their captain KL Rahul. The right-handed batsman slammed an unbeaten 132 off just 69 balls. His knock was studded with 14 fours and seven sixes.
However, things could have been very different had Virat Kohli not spilled two catches to give Rahul two reprieves. Rahul was batting on 83 and then 89 when Virat Kohli dropped two easy catches. After those two drops, Rahul went on to smash 42 off just 9 balls to put his team in the driver’s seat.
Even with the bat, Virat Kohli’s fortunes did not change as he managed to score only one off five balls. His teammates could not deliver either as RCB were all out for just 109 in 17 overs.
And the night ended on yet another forgettable note for Virat Kohli as he was fined for slow-over rate. The offence was RCB’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences and thus their captain was fined INR 12 lakh as a result.
RCB captain two offences away from being banned:
Following the first slow over-rate offence, the RCB team-management must be looking to sort out the issue or they risk missing their talismanic captain for one game. Virat Kohli is now
A second over-rate offence would result in a fine of INR 24 lakh for the captain and of INR 6 lakh or 25% of the match fee from every other player in the team, whichever is lesser. And a third offence could prove very costly for the team as well as the captain.
A third offence will cost the captain INR 30 lakh and a ban from the team’s next game, while each player in the XI will be fined INR 12 lakh or 50% of the match fee, whichever is lesser. RCB are relying on pacers in the ongoing season which could make things tricky for them. In the first two games, they have played with three frontline pacers in addition to handing the ball to Shivam Dube too.