Kolkata Knight Riders made short work of Royal Challengers Bangalore's star-studded batting lineup to and script a remarkable 82-run win at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
Chasing the KKR's low 131, the visitors were bundled out for 49, the lowest total in the Indian Premier League. The previous being was 58 by Rajasthan Royals against RCB in 2009.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/21), Chris Woakes (3/6) and Colin de Grandhomme (3/4) starred with the ball for the hosts as they skittled out their rivals for their lowest score ever.
After the humiliating loss against Gambhir & boys, RCB star batsman posted a morale-boosting message to his fans and team-mates on team's Facebook page.
During his heartfelt video de Villiers said:
It’s difficult to find words after that embarrassing performance in Kolkata last night but the fact of the matter is it’s done and dusted. It’s something in the past and there is nothing we can do now to change our performance. What we can do is to look for a solution I believe there are two things we need to.
No. 1 looking at ourselves in the mirror. Each and every player has to look at themselves in the mirror and find a way to become better for the rest of the tournament and find a way to up your game. No.2 Opportunity. We have 7 games left for the rest of the tournament and every single game is an opportunity to find a spark and get the momentum rolling.
Tomorrow is another opportunity against the Sunrisers and we need to find a way to lit that spark. I know we can do it and I really believe that in my heart we have what it takes to turn it around again. I hope you believe it too.
A dejected skipper Virat Kohli admonished his batsmen after collapsing to a 82-run defeat, saying such performance from the famed batting line up was "unacceptable".
Calling it the RCB's "worst batting performance", Kohli said that "it really hurts".
"After the kind of half that we had, we thought we could capitalise and chase it down. Reckless batting. I can't say anything at the moment. It was that bad. This is just not acceptable," said a visibly annoyed Kohli, who himself scored a golden duck.
Weather played spoilsport as the blockbuster clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad was called off due to rain at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Due to the sharing of points, both teams made a slight upward movement in the Indian Premier League table.
Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad now has nine points from 8 games, one point more than fourth-place Rising Pune Supergiant.
While as for Bangalore, they now take up the sixth spot in the league, one point more than seventh-placed Delhi Daredevils.
RCB next take on Gujarat Lions on Thursday while Hyderabad next lock horns against Kings XI Punjab on Friday.