Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore face stiff challenge after washout vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
The pitter-patter rain in Bengaluru forced the Indian Premier League encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad to be called off without a ball being bowled at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.Both the teams will share a point each as the rain refused to relent. RCB, with five points in their kitty, are placed at sixth in the IPL team standings while SRH remain third with nine points from their eight outings.Heavy rain lashed the city in the evening but stopped an hour before the start of the match. It seemed for a while that the match would go ahead as scheduled.However, it began drizzling just before the scheduled toss time and continued to pour from there on.Later, the rain intensified and forced the officials to call off the match, leaving the home team and fans in utter disgust.RCB, under India captain Virat Kohli, were looking to come out of the embarrassing batting debacle when they were all out for just 49 in their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday but the washout has only put their hopes of making it to the playoffs in jeopardy.RCB have only two wins from eight matches so far and they will now need to win win six of their remaining league games to stand a chance of making it to the last four. Hypothetically, if they manage to do that, they will have 17 points.It would be worth mentioning here that only four times in the last nine years of the IPL teams have managed to finish in top four with less than 16 points.advertisementA year ago, RCB were in a similar situation. Seven matches, five defeats and only four points. Then began Virat Kohli's record-shattering spree. Three of his four hundreds and the bulk of his 973 runs came in the second half of IPL 2016, when RCB went on the rampage, winning six of seven matches to finish second in the points table. RCB stormed through to the final before losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad.Yes, the challenge looks stiff for RCB this year but they have a captain in Kohli, who likes taking up challenges and master them. After the debacle at Eden, Kohli assured his fans there won't be a repeat and once that man is determined, there's no holding him back.RCB next face the Gujarat Lions on April 27 at home and there could not be a better challenge for Kohli. With his back against the wall, he has the opportunity to turn the tables.