Royal Challengers Bangalore succumbed to a massive defeat against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday. On top of it, Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli received a sanction for slow-over rate which made things worse. And now, Kohli is on the verge of getting banned in the ongoing IPL 2020.
Meanwhile, the match started on a promising note but eventually turned out to be a one-sided affair. Batting first, Punjab banked on a century knock form skipper KL Rahul to post 206 runs on the board. Rahul looked classy throughout his innings playing some delightful knock as he brought the first hundred in IPL 2020.
Rahul’s batting was equally matched by Punjab’s two new ball bowlers – Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrell. They reduced Bangalore to 4 for three and they never recovered from there. AB de Villiers tried his best to launch an attack on the opposition but lacked support and eventually departed.
Will Virat Kohli get banned?
It was all-in-all a bad day for Royal Challengers Bangalore and their skipper Virat Kohli. After missing two sitters on the field, Kohli accounted for just one run with the bat. On top of it, he received a fine of Rs 12 lakhs for slow-over rate offence during Punjab’s innings.
Meanwhile, last night’s offence was RCB’s first of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences. RCB management will desperate to solve this as Kohli is on the verge of receiving a one-match ban.
A second offence would result in a fine of Rs 24 lakhs for Virat Kohli and Rs 6 lakhs or 25% of the match fee from every other player in the team, whichever is lesser. And another offence can cost Kohli one match.
A third offence would mean a fine of Rs30 lakhs for RCB skipper along with one-match ban and Rs 12 lakhs or 50% of the match fee from each player in the team, whichever is less. With Bangalore, relying on fast bowlers, they will have to tick the right boxes to save their captain from receiving a ban.
The Royal Challengers next play defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 28 (Monday) at the Dubai International Stadium.