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Gujarat Lions have come into this match after their unbeaten run was broken in the 4th match and Royal Challengers will be playing their away game after successfully defending twice in IPL 2016. In the tournament where most of the matches have been won by the team chasing, only 3 matches have won by the team batting first, RCB have done it twice and DD once (today’s match excluded).
As batting is the strength of RCB, Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat. IPL 2016 hasn’t been great for the opening pair of RCB. Three batting pairs have been tried so far and none batting with Virat Kohli have supported him. As a result, their No 3 batsman AB de Villiers has come in to bat in the early overs on almost all occasions this season. Thanks to the maiden century from Virat Kohli, RCB put up a target of 181 runs for the Gujarat Lions batsman.
Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum started off well but none of the other batsmen could capitalize on the blazing start that the team got from their openers. Tabriaz Shamsi bowled well as his 4 overs went only for 21 runs. But the initial push provided by the openers and good contribution from Dinesh Karthik took the match to the last over. In the end, Gujarat Lions won the match 3 balls and 6 wickets to spare.
Here’s bringing important numbers from the match between Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore
In Form of his Life – Kohli has now scored more than 30 runs in all the 5 innings of IPL 2016 he has played so far.
VK-ABD Combo – Kohli and de Villiers have become the first batting pair in IPL to put up 5 consecutive 50 runs plus stand in an IPL season.
A First 100 for Kohli – Virat Kohli scored his maiden T20 hundred in this match. He had scored 42 half centuries before in T20 cricket but couldn’t take it to the 3 figure mark. What better day could it be to score his maiden 100 than this – Sachin Tendulkar’s Birthday.
4th captain with an IPL 100 – Kohli also becomes the 4th captain after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Adam Gilchrist to score an IPL 100 as a captain.
Leading run-scorer in IPL 2016 – Virat has now scored 367 runs from 5 matches in IPL 2016. Orange Cap belongs to him now. Second on the list is David Warner with 294 runs.
Best Powerplay in IPL 2016 – Gujarat Lions scored 72 runs at the loss of one wicket in the first 6 overs. This is the best powerplay score for any team in IPL 2016 so far.