LSG’s Dushmantha Chameera celebrates after Virat Kohli’s resignation for a duck© BCCI/IPL
Virat Kohli’s poor form with the bat continued in the IPL when he was sacked on Tuesday for a golden duck in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Lucknow Super Giants in Navi Mumbai. Kohli dropped out in the middle after Anuj Rawat was fired by Dushmantha Chameera, courtesy of a fine dive catch by KL Rahul, on the fifth delivery of the first over.
Chameera threw a slightly short throw outside the off-stump to Kohli and the former RCB and Indian captain played a shot to the up and eventually gave a simple catch to Deepak Hooda on the back mark.
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Kohli has not scored 50 this season, with his highest score of 48 in the game against Mumbai Indians. He had scored an unbeaten 41 in RCB’s first game of the season against the Punjab Kings, but failed to get going, scoring scores of 12.5.1 and 12 in the other matches. This is Kohli’s first duck of the season.
Virat Kohli is the highest finisher in IPL history and also holds the record for most runs scored in a single IPL season.
Speaking of the dismissal, Kevin Pietersen said Kohli probably played the shot because he wanted to “feel bat on ball”.
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