IPL 2019: Sandeep Sharma makes Virat Kohli his bunny

first_imgA lot was expected of Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced a herculean task of chasing down 232 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 11th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 in Hyderabad on Sunday.However, Virat Kohli failed to deliver with the bat in what is turning out to be a disastrous batting performance by RCB in their steep chase at the Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Association Stadium.Kohli never looked in the zone and was dismissed by SRH pacer Sandeep Sharma when he hit one straight to David Warner at covers.With the wicket, Sandeep Sharma became the joint most successful bowler alongside Ashish Nehra against Virat Kohli in the IPL. Sandeep has now dismissed the India captain six times in the Twenty20 league.MS Dhoni holds the unwanted record for a batsman being dismissed by a bowler most times in the IPL. The Chennai Super Kings captain was Zaheer Khan’s bunny in the IPL as the former India pacer had dismissed him seven times.Kohli is second on the list with six dismissals each to Nehra and Sandeep.Royal Challengers Bangalore came up with an ordinary batting show after SRH posted 231 in 20 overs on what seemed to be a belter of a wicket.David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, the two SRH openers, went berserk as they took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners, stitching the highest opening stand in IPL history (185).While Jonny Bairstow hit his maiden hundred in IPL — 114 from just 56 balls, Warner equalled Virat Kohli and Shane Watson’s record for the most number of hundred in IPL cricket — four.advertisementIn reply, RCB were jolted by Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi’s strikes inside the powerplay as he removed openers Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetymyer and AB de Villiers. RCB were reeling at 35 for 6 inside the first eight overs of the chase.Interestingly, Virat Kohli had said at the toss that RCB had chosen to chase as he expected the wicket in Hyderabad to play slow and that batting would “be beautiful in the evening.””We will bowl first. We have added another spinner to our team today. This pitch will play slow in the first half. And it will be beautiful to bat on in the evening,” KohliAlso Read | IPL 2019: David Warner equals Virat Kohli, Shane Watson tally with 4th hundredAlso Read | Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Suresh Raina to score 5000 IPL runsAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstanceslast_img read more