Royal Challengers Bangalore’s opener Virat Kohli’s struggle in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season continued on Wednesday against the Chennai Super Kings. He was dismissed by off-spinner Moeen Ali for thirty runs.
After being asked to bat first, Virat Kohli opened the innings along with Faf Du Plessis. He started off well slamming two boundaries in the first two overs. Kohli also slammed a six against Simarjeet Singh, over the covers. However, he failed to keep the scoreboard ticking at a good pace. In the tenth over, Moeen Ali bowled a classic off-spin delivery to dismiss the Indian cricketer.
Virat Kohli tried to flick the ball but did not get to the pitch off the ball and played across the line. The ball sneaked through to hit the middle and the leg stump. Kohli had to go back to the pavilion for 30 runs at 33 balls, at a strike rate of 90.91. This was the eleventh time across formats that Kohli has been dismissed by Moeen Ali. The right-handed batter’s trouble against off-spinners has been well exploited in recent years.
Watch the dismissal here:
Virat Kohli averages 21.60 with the bat in the Indian Premier League 2022 season. He has 216 runs to his name in eleven innings, at a strike rate of 111.91. The former Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper slammed a fifty last match. However, his strike rate of 109.43 in the innings, was a cause of concern.
Royal Challengers Bangalore put on 173 runs on the board
Mahipal Lomror’s crucial 42 runs and Dinesh Karthik’s 26-run cameo at the end powered the Royal Challengers Bangalore to 173 runs in the first innings. The Faf Du Plessis-led team was asked to bat first by Chennai Super Kings. They got off to a brilliant start scoring 57 runs in the powerplay. However, following Du Plessis’ wicket, their batting lost momentum.
Faf Du Plessis slammed 38 runs off 22 balls at a strike rate of 172.73, while Virat Kohli scored less than run-a-ball 30. Maheesh Theekshana took three wickets for the Chennai Super Kings, while Moeen Ali picked two. The Chennai Super Kings need 174 runs to register their fourth win of the season.