After a thrilling start to the UAE leg of IPL 2021 in Dubai on Sunday, the action shifted to Abu Dhabi with Kolkata Knight Riders locking horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore. As Virat Kohli's side won the toss and opted to bat first, all eyes were on the RCB skipper who was making his 200th appearance for the franchise in the Indian Premier League.
The 32-year-old started cautiously against Varun Chakravarthy but did not take much time to find his rhythm. As soon as Morgan got a pacer into the attack in form of Prasidh Krishna, Kohli played a mesmerizing shot towards the offside as the ball sailed towards the boundary. Fans started to think that it was the beginning of something special but things dramatically turned around in a matter of few seconds.
Virat Kohli dismissed after a mysterious DRS
Prasidh Krishna bounced back on the next delivery as he trapped Virat Kohli in front, with the RCB skipper missing a straight delivery. Although it looked like that the ball could go over the stumps, umpire Chris Gaffaney was quite confident that it was hitting the wickets as he raised his finger. Kohli did not take much time to take the review as everyone hoped that the decision could be overturned.
The replays showed that it would be a very close call and the final outcome will be clarified only when the ball-tracker is shown. However, after it was confirmed that the ball did not touch the bat, the players and fans had to wait for more than one minute for the ball-tracker. There was a lot of confusion among everyone as even the TV umpire failed to understand the reason behind the delay.
However, the mystery was finally ended when the ball-tracker was shown which confirmed that the on-field umpire was right as the ball was crashing onto the stumps. As a result, Virat Kohli was dismissed only on 5 runs as KKR got their first wicket of the match.
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After the loss of an early wicket, RCB batsmen steadied their innings in the next few overs before Devdutt Padikkal was also dismissed on the last ball of the powerplay. The score read 41/2 in 6 overs, at the time of writing.
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