Set a mammoth goal of 210 against the Punjab Kings, all eyes were on Virat Kohli to finally make his statement, but the Royal Challengers Bangalore striker was fired after scoring 20, and in the end the team stumbled on a loss of 54 points. In the second part of the chase, Kohli had played his trademark coverage on Arshdeep Singh’s bowling and it looked like the batter was in the groove. However, he perished in the fourth most upset by Kagiso Rabada. After the dismissal, Kohli looked up at the sky and was seen saying something.

After the match, RCB director of cricket Mike Hesson said Kohli was as frustrated as anyone but was working very hard in net.

“We always speak with all our players. I thought Virat looked in good contact today, he was aggressive and he does everything outside the park in terms of good preparation. I thought today was going to be his day but again he touched the other side of his thigh he was unlucky especially when he got ready he is frustrated like anyone thinking that today was going to be his day,” Hesson said during a virtual press conference.

“Virat is the best we’ve ever had at RCB, he’s an amazing player. He hasn’t scored the volume of runs he would like. Like I said, I thought he had the looked in good contact today, so it’s not a technical thing”. He works a lot behind the scenes. Like I said, he seemed in good contact today, he was unhappy. I thought we would see something special but Virat is as frustrated as anyone but we know there’s a big one around the Obviously we have a huge game coming up there’s so there’s no reason,” he added.

In the game against the Punjab Kings, Kohli became the first in tournament history to record 6,500 runs. In 13 games this season, the former RCB skipper has 236 carries at an average of 19.67.

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In the match between PBKS and RCB, the former struck first and posted 209/9 in 20 overs. Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow had shots of 70 and 66. For RCB, Harshal Patel returned with four wickets.

RCB fell 54 from target as Kagiso Rabada scalped three wickets for the Punjab Kings.

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