Both Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore are at the bottom of the table. While KXIP are last, RCB are on 7th. The winner of this match would move up to 6th spot and keep their hopes alive to qualify for the playoffs. The loser would almost end their chances of qualifying for the playoff this season, more importantly, KXIP as they have played a match extra compared to RCB.
Murali Vijay won the toss and chose to field, which is no more a surprise for anyone in this season of IPL. Kohli and Rahul started well with Rahul taking on the attack and Virat took his innings slow, unlike the Virat we know. Kohli missed out on a good innings today as he scored 20 off 21 balls. Once the attack of Rahul ended, AB de Villiers took over with an even bigger carnage as he scored 64 off just 35 balls. No other batsmen could play a big innings and as a result RCB manage, 175 runs in 20 overs.
Learning from the mistake of the previous match, KXIP sent in Amla to open along with Vijay, thus giving Amla the position he likes batting at. Ama departed in the last over of the powerplay. Murali Vijay took complete responsibility as he played a captain’s inning. He scored 89 runs but missed the likes of Maxwell, in the end, to finish things off. Stoinis tried his level best in the end but KXIP fell a run short of a win.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and stats from this match –
No Toss, No Match – KXIP and RCB have won only 3 tosses so far, the least among all the 8 captains in IPL 2016. In a season where toss plays a crucial role, it is obvious that both RCB and KXIP are at the bottom of the table.
Super Virat – Virat might not have had a good day with the bat today, but he is only to score more than 500 runs in 4 seasons of IPL. 3 off which have come as captain.
RCB Bat Big – RCB have played 9 matches so far in IPL 2016, in all of the 9 matches, they scored above 170. No other team has done that.
First duck for Miller – Miller recorded his first in his IPL career. He was the only batsmen to have scored more than 1000 runs and not be out for a duck.
Second highest score for KXIP captain – Murali Vijay scored 89 runs in this match, this is the highest score for a KXIP captain. Highest is by Adam Gilchrist scoring 106 against RCB.