RCB received a massive reality check in the first game of the IPL 2019 against CSK. Bangalore succumbed to one of their biggest defeats as they were all out for just 70 runs and then lost the game by seven wickets.
What exactly went wrong with RCB? We find out.
#3. Only two spinners-
On a dry and slow Chennai wicket, RCB made the blunder of fielding only two genuine spinners. This dented their chances of winning the game as on the contrary CSK had loaded their bowling unit with three proper spinners and also had a couple of part-timers in the playing eleven.
Spinners ruled the match and it can be seen from the numbers. Spinners in this CSK vs RCB match picked 10 wickets in 21 overs and gave away just 75 runs.
#2. Over aggressive approach-
Virat Kohli went for an aerial pull shot even when there was long-on and deep mid-wicket. ABD tried hitting a big one just after he was being dropped. There were plenty of other instances of RCB batsmen showcasing needless aggression.
It was evident after the first few overs that this is not a 200-run wicket. Despite that, RCB batsman threw the kitchen sink whenever there was an opportunity and in the end failed to even get a respectable total on the board.
The Bangalore batsmen can learn a few things from Parthiv Patel. The opener resisted the temptation of big hits and played within his limits which enabled him to bat till the end.
#1. Frontloading the batting order-
Its an established fact that Collin Grandhomme and Shimron Hetmyer struggle against spinners. Despite this RCB slotted them together in the middle order while their best players of spin bowlers Kohli and ABD batted in the top order.
Also the inexperience of Shivam Dube was exposed in this game. Maybe RCB need to find a way to solidify their middle order and bring more depth along with Hetmyer and Grandhomme.