Virat Kohli is the most consistent batsman in modern day cricket. It is very rare to see him failing to score runs that too in consecutive matches. After failing to score runs against Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, Virat Kohli failed to score some runs yet again. He managed to score a solitary boundary before a blunder from Billy Bowden cut short his innings.
Albie Morkel holds the record for playing more number of Twenty20 matches than anyone else. But still it is uncertain about his role in the team. He is neither impressive with the bat nor dangerous with the ball. Against Kings XI Punjab, he managed to score just 15 runs and gave away 24 runs in his two overs.
95, 89, 95- these are the scores registered by Glenn Maxwell in the first three matches of the 2014 IPL. Now it seems like the law of averages have seemed to have caught up with the Big Show as he failed to call the shots against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He managed to score just 6 and gave away 33 runs in three overs. He was also the only Kings XI bowler to have an economy of over 6.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been the man responsible for seeing off the new ball and set the platform for players like Maxwell and Miller to capitalise at the end. But today he failed miserably to score runs and was caught behind for 10 runs off 18 balls. He tried to guide a Dinda delivery in between the wicket keeper and slips but unfortunately ended up giving an easy catch to Parthiv Patel.
Sandeep Sharma scalped three wickets in his previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders and repeated the same against Royal Challengers Bangalore today. He got rid of dangerous Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel in hi three overs conceding just 15 runs. He was also adjudged the Man of the Match for his impressive performances.
After the early blows dented the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting line up, the onus was on the domestic bowlers of Kings XI to cash in on it. It was the moment when Rishi Dhawan stepped up. He accounted for AB de Villiers in his first over and later came back to dismiss Yuvraj Singh. He picked up two wickets for 14 runs in his four overs and scored an unbeaten 23 at the end to guide his team home.
L Balaji has been a nightmare for the foreign batsmen in the Indian Premier League and he proved it today as well. He accounted for the wicket of Albie Morkel and stopped the flow of runs in the middle overs. He conceded just 17 runs in his four overs. He complemented the bowlers well and that seemed to pay off for his team.