IPL 2022 Eliminator, LSG vs RCB: Virat Kohli’s poor run in IPL playoffs continues


IPL 2022 Eliminator LSG vs RCB: Virat Kohli was dismissed for 25 off 24 balls by Avesh Khan as the Royal Challengers Bangalore star continued his poor showing in the IPL playoffs.

Virat Kohli of RCB. Courtesy: PTI

Virat Kohli of RCB. Courtesy: PTI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli was out for a 24-ball 25 in RCB’s Eliminator against LSG
  • Virat Kohli does not have a great record in IPL playoffs
  • In 12 matches before Wednesday, Kohli had an average of 27.60 in the playoffs

Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in Indian Premier League history but the Royal Challengers Bangalore star continued his poor record in the playoffs after being dismissed for a 24-ball 25 against Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2022 Eliminator at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

Virat Kohli had scored only 276 runs at an average of 27.60 in all IPL playoffs before RCB’s match against LSG. He had a tough time in the league stage but played a match-winning innings against Gujarat Titans in their last league game.

Virat Kohli was pumped up after RCB made it to the playoffs courtesy of Mumbai Indians, who defeated Delhi Capitals in the penultimate league game of the season.

A lot was expected of RCB’s openers Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli as they tried to stay alive in the tournament.

However, du Plessis was dismissed for a golden duck, while Virat Kohli looked good at the start but scraped his way to 25 at a strike-rate of 104.16 before falling to Avesh Khan.

RCB had lost the Eliminators in 2021 and 2020. Last year, Kohli was dismissed for 39 (33 balls) as Kolkata Knight Riders went on to win by 4 wickets and eventually secured a berth in the final.

In 2020, RCB qualified for the playoffs despite losing their last four matches, but in the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kohli was dismissed for 6 by Jason Holder. SRH won the game by 6 wickets but failed to move past Qualifier 2.

Virat Kohli had played 12 IPL playoff matches before Wednesday, including a final back in 2016, but had scored only 2 half-centuries. It was a disappointing performance with the bat from the IPL’s most successful batter after showing such promise and flair against the Titans.



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