RCB overtakes Delhi Capitals to register most embarrassing IPL record after their loss against KKR on Thursday
After registering a dominating performance in the first game against the five-time champion Mumbai Indians, Faf du Plessis and his men faced humiliation in the second game, when they locked horns with the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday at the Eden Gardens.
RCB batters looked clueless, and they couldn't even play their full quota of 20 overs. It started with RCB winning the toss and putting KKR to bat first. The RCB bowlers bowled a tight line and dismissed the top five KKR batters for just 89 runs in 11.3 overs.
But then came a match-winning knock from the bat of Shardul Thakur, who changed the complexion of the game. He smashed his maiden IPL fifty off just 20 balls and added 103 runs with Rinku Singh (46 off 33). Shardul made 68 off 29, with nine fours and three sixes.
As a result, Kolkata made a big total of 204/7. That was more than enough from the RCB. Bangalore got dismissed for just 123 runs in their chase and lost the game by the biggest margin in 2023 of 81 runs. With this loss, the RCB registered an unwanted record and overtook the Delhi Capitals.
Bangalore has now lost most IPL games with 50 or more runs in the history of the tournament. They have lost a total of 16 games with a 50-plus run margin, going past Delhi's tally of 15 losses. The 81-run loss against KKR on Thursday, was the second occasion of a 50-plus run loss for RCB.
The first one came in the inaugural season of 2008. Meanwhile, RCB and DC are the only two teams to have lost more than 10 games by 50 runs or more. Rajasthan Royals (9), Punjab Kings (8), and Kolkata Knight Riders (7) are next on the list. Among the teams that made their debut in 2008, CSK has the fewest instances of a 50-plus loss margin with two.