'What is happening': Fans turn on Virat Kohli after 'horrible' moment

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Virat Kohli, pictured here being dismissed for a golden duck for the fourth time in his IPL career.
Virat Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck for the fourth time in his IPL career. Image: IPL

Virat Kohli's horror run with the bat has continued in the IPL after the India superstar was dismissed for a golden duck on Tuesday.

Kohli has suffered a lean run in recent times and gave up the India captaincy in T20 and ODI formats.

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However relinquishing the leadership duties hasn't helped his form, and things went from bad to worse on Tuesday.

Kohli was out first ball in Royal Challengers Bangalore's win over Lucknow Super Giants after he spooned an easy catch to point off the bowling of Sri Lanka fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera.

Kohli, whose top score this season is just 48, suffered the fourth golden duck of his IPL career.

The Indian superstar looked gobsmacked to have fallen first ball before trudging off the field.

Fans immediately flocked to social media, piling the pain on Kohli amid his horror run.

Some even suggested Bangalore should drop the former captain for someone in better form.

Josh Hazlewood stars in tense Bangalore victory

Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis just missed out on a maiden IPL century while Josh Hazlewood grabbed 4-25 as Bangalore beat Lucknow by 18 runs.

Du Plessis smashed 96 off 64 balls as Bangalore made 6-181 after being asked to bat first.

Hazlewood then strangled Lucknow on a lively, bouncy wicket as the Super Giants were limited to 8-163.

Krunal Pandya top-scored for Lucknow with 42 off 28 balls, but it wasn't enough.

“Faf had a few lean games but tonight he took his time, kept the score going and finished with a bang, so credit to him,” Hazlewood said.

With the victory, Bangalore went level with Gujarat Titans at the top of the table on 10 points.

Lucknow is now fourth with eight points from seven matches.

Glenn Maxwell hit 23 off 11 balls but fell in the batting powerplay to a mistimed reverse sweep as Jason Holder plucked a brilliant one-handed diving catch.

But du Plessis shared a 70-run stand with Shahbaz Ahmed and dominated leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who returned expensive figures of 0-47.

The Bangalore skipper hit 11 fours and two sixes before he fell in the final over, holing out to Marcus Stoinis off Holder’s slow bouncer.

Lucknow's top-order then struggled against Hazlewood as the Australian fast bowler removed Quinton de Kock (3) and Manish Pandey (6) inside the batting powerplay.

Captain KL Rahul looked to have put the chase back on track with 30 off 24 balls before he got an edge while attempting to leg-glance Harshal Patel.

Maxwell, who bowled an over with the new ball, returned to claim the wicket of Pandya as the left-hander was caught at deep mid-wicket.

Hazlewood then put the game beyond Lucknow’s reach by having Ayush Badoni caught behind before clean-bowling Stoinis for 24 in the penultimate over.

“We needed one batter in the top three or four to play a long innings and for other batters to play with him but we couldn’t get that,” Lucknow skipper Rahul said.

“When we’re up, we have to keep the opposition down and restrict them to as low a score as possible and that’ll make batting easier chasing.”

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