The Royal Challengers Bangalore started off their IPL 2020 campaign with a 10-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Monday.
It was also their first win in an opening match of the Indian Premier League since 2016, ending a 3-year jinx. That was also the year when RCB had their best performance in the Indian Premier League and went on to be the finalists, losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In the opening match that year, they managed to start their campaign with a 35-run win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad as well. But soon after, their campaign seemed to falter and they lost five of their next six matches.
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They almost had to conjure up a miracle to make it to the finals, and that’s exactly what they did, winning seven of the next eight matches, including the last five games in a row. But unfortunately, for their fans, they were outplayed by SRH in a close contest in the final, losing it and their chance at a maiden crown by 8 runs.
This was also a magical year for the RCB skipper Virat Kohli who scored at ease and piled up 973 runs – the highest – in the campaign.
But since then, the opening game has never gone in the RCB’s favour.
In 2017, in the clash of the finalists of the previous year, they lost to SRH by 35 runs. This was the year where they performed miserably, winning just 3 of their 14 games and finishing last in the points table.
In 2018, their campaign started off with a loss to Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets. The season as well, did not go very well for them as they won 6 out of 14 games and finished at the sixth position that year.
Last year, they started their IPL campaign in the most disastrous manner. Playing against Chennai Super Kings, they were bundled out for a mere 70 runs. Chennai went on to win the match by 7 wickets. RCB again finished at the bottom of the table, winning just 5 of their 14 matches.
With IPL 2020 starting off well for the RCB, Virat Kohli admitted that the opener against SRH wasn’t the most convincing of wins, but also said that the players believed in themselves.
“In the past, if we had 43 of 5, you’d see the shoulders dropping but the guys [today] kept believing, kept attacking,” Kohli said.
With a good start, Kohli will hope that his team would be able to do a repeat of 2016, and perhaps go a step further to get their hands on their maiden title.