In IPL-2021 Phase-2, the match was played between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday, which Chennai won by 6 wickets. RCB had a great start. Captain Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal shared 111 runs for the first wicket.
From the beginning of the match, it seemed that RCB would score 200 today, but it did not happen. As soon as the first wicket fell, one wicket after another kept falling. On this, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen said that RCB has some things which they need to improve quickly.
Pietersen said that even the opening stand of 111 runs could not win
Pietersen said that despite the opening stand of 111 runs between skipper Virat Kohli and Padikkal, RCB could not win. Both these players hit half-centuries, but the team restricted them to 156 runs for 6 wickets by the CSK team. Pietersen said that according to the last game, this time RCB was in a very good position against CSK. Losing after a good start is a big issue for the team and needs to be improved.
Pietersen said every time cannot depend on Chahal alone
RCB could manage only 45 runs in the remaining 6.4 overs from where they could have pushed for a score of around 200. Bravo’s bowling made a huge difference on RCB’s last innings as he conceded only 24 runs in his four overs and also picked up the wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Harshal Patel. Pietersen said that RCB and Kohli cannot depend on Chahal alone to deliver the ball every time.
Neither Mohammad Siraj nor Navdeep Saini could trouble the CSK openers. Whether the ball was pitched, short, or bowled on a good length, Gaikwad and his teammates faced the ball together. Knowing that spinners could change the game, Kohli handed the ball to off-spinner Glenn Maxwell and the Australian responded with the wicket of du Plessis. Rayudu and Moeen worked the ball to keep the scoreboard moving and hit big shots.