Royal Challengers Bangalore have probably the best batting line-up this IPL but their bowling has let them down at times. After an hours delay in the match due to rain, we did get to see complete 40 overs of the match. Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to field, this is the first time RCB will be chasing in this season of Indian Premier League. As RCB are struggling to get their combination right, Virat Kohli again made 4 changes in the team to ensure they get the right combination of bowlers and batsman this time.
As SRH came in to bat, Dhawan got out early but Warner continued his good form and scored 92 runs. Kane Williamson getting a game today also scored a 50 and cameo from Henriques in the end to the Sunrisers score to 194 in 20 overs. Yet again RCB bowlers bowled poorly, though the pitch was good to bat on, 194 was too much.
Virat and Lokesh Rahul started off well in the chase but Kohli soon lost his wicket and de Villiers couldn’t last longer either. All the big names were soon in the dug-out and there wasn’t much the middle order could do. In the end, Royal Challengers fought hard but lost the match by 15 runs.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and stats from this match
30th Fifty in IPL – David Warner became the first player in the history of IPL to have thirty 50+ scores. Rohit Sharma and Gambhir are in 2nd spot with 29 50+ scores in IPL.
The 90s in T20 – David Warner scored 92 runs in this match. He now has 4 scores of the 90s in IPL. He has been out on 3 occasions and not-out once.
2nd most sixes in IPL – David Warner has now hit 120 sixes in IPL. The second most for an overseas IPL player. Chris Gayle leads the list with a high margin.
1000+ T20 runs in a calendar year – Virat Kohli becomes 2nd Indian after Suresh Raina to score 1000+ T20 runs in a calendar year. It took just 18 innings for Kohli to reach this mark in 2016. He bettered Gayle’s record of 21 innings.
Run-machine takes a pause – Kohli scored just 14 runs in this match. For the first time, IPL 2016 has Virat failed to score over 30 runs in a match.
Orange Cap – David Warner has now scored 386 runs in 7 innings. He tops the list and the Orange Cap now belongs to him. Virat is behind him with 381 runs in 6 innings.
Teams that have defended successfully this IPL 2016 – Before this game RCB (2), DD (2), GL (1), MI (1) have defended their score in IPL 2016. Sunrisers Hyderabad are now the latest entrant into this list as they defended 194 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Off the 27 games played – On 7 occasions team have defended successfully.