Virat Kohli’s era as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore has ended on a disappointing note after his side faced an agonizing defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator of IPL 2021 on Monday. The match went down the wire but in the end, it was Eoin Morgan’s side who continued their remarkable run in UAE to set up an exciting meeting with Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 on Wednesday.
The platform was set by the KKR spin trio of Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine in the first innings, who conceded a total of only 67 runs in 12 overs. The match shifted in favour of the Men in Purple in those middle overs as RCB finished at a slightly below-par total of 138/7 in 20 overs.
Virat Kohli and Co. did fight their way back into the contest through some remarkable bowling performance but it was Sunil Narine, who had earlier taken 4/21 with the ball, scored a match-changing cameo of 26 runs in only 15 deliveries as KKR eventually went over the line with 2 balls to spare.
RCB fail to lift an IPL trophy in Kohli era
With the defeat, it was a sad end for Virat Kohli as RCB captain as he failed to lead his side to their maiden IPL trophy in a season where they have played some brilliant all-round cricket. The netizens did not miss the opportunity to roll out some hilarious memes on social media to add misery on RCB fans, who would be devastated by seeing their team come so close but yet remaining so far from the trophy.
While some people trolled Daniel Christian for conceding 29 runs in 1.4 overs, others hailed Sunil Narine for his match-winning all-round performance.
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— Justsaying (@WhyJustsaying) September 20, 2021
— Cric kid (@ritvik5_) October 11, 2021
— Udit Panwar (@uditpanwarr) October 11, 2021
— Susovan Pandit (@SusovanSandit) October 11, 2021
— NAUGHTYBOY (@NaughtyVenky) October 11, 2021
— Vaidehi 🇮🇳 (@sab_pe_bhari) October 11, 2021
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— Naresh (@itsNaresh555) October 11, 2021
Rohit fans rn to Virat : pic.twitter.com/fR0FgJQYzz
— Savage 🛡 (@SavaageA) October 11, 2021
— Raj kumar (@iamrajofficials) October 11, 2021