High-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) came crashing down as they were restricted to just 122-9 chasing a mammoth target of 192 set by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). This was the first loss of the IPL 2021 season for Virat Kohli and his men after they were thoroughly outplayed in all three departments.
With RCB's top-order firing on all cylinders in the first four games, there was always the question looming whether they had the batting depth for games like this one. The likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell, all failing in a single game, were always going to test RCB's batting, and it failed miserably.
Twitterati react to RCB's humiliating loss
CSK fans hailed Ravindra Jadeja for his brilliant performance in all three departments. The 32-year-old scored 62 runs off just 28 balls, picked up three wickets and was also terrific on the field with a run-out. The Team India star showed why he is arguably the best T20 all-rounder in the world at the moment.
Others also trolled RCB and their fans who already seem to have declared their team the winners of the IPL 2021 season after an unbeaten run of four games. Here's how Twitter reacted to RCB's capitulation and Jadeja's brilliance:
RCB began their chase in great fashion as young Devdutt Padikkal came flying out of the blocks. His 34 runs off just 15 balls gave RCB a brilliant headstart. However, they just kept losing wickets at regular intervals and there was no meaningful partnership whatsoever.
After destroying Harshal Patel's bowling figures, Jadeja broke the back of RCB's chase with wickets of De Villiers, Maxwell and Washington Sundar. RCB couldn't recover after these body blows and ended up 69 runs short of CSK's total.
This win has taken CSK back to the top of the table and they now look like the team to beat this season with four victories in a row. RCB, on the other hand, have a bit to think about with their batting depth as it could cost them in crucial games ahead.