Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) came up with an excellent bowling performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in both sides’ second match of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Orange Army had lost the first match of the season to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the first match as they failed to chase down 188. This time around, they won the toss and opted to field first.
RCB made one change to their side as they brought in Devdutt Padikkal for Rajat Patidar. However, the former could not come up with a performance reminiscent of ones in the previous season as he was dismissed early by Bhuvneshar Kumar. Shahbaz Ahmed couldn’t contribute much as well and it was left to Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell to lead the way for RCB which they did for quite some time.
Virat Kohli hits a chair with his bat on getting out
Kohli and Maxwell were going well on tricky conditions to bat on when an inspired bowling change by David Warner to bring on Jason Holder worked wonders. The West Indian had Kohli mistime a flick to the deep square-leg boundary where Vijay Shankar took an excellent diving catch. Kohli was out for 33 runs in 29 balls, the same score he had been dismissed for in the previous match against Mumbai Indians.
After getting out, Kohli was visibly angry with himself as he hit the boundary ropes with his bat before taking down a chair in the same way, as his RCB teammates looked on. Kohli would now want to come up with an improved performance in the next few matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai where batting is proving to be challenging.
Kohli was reprimanded for his actions after the match for breaching the IPL’s Code of Conduct. “Kohli admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.2 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” said the IPL in a statement.