Royal Challengers Bangalore are in a situation where they need to win every match from now on to make it to the playoffs. Knight Riders, on the other hand, are placed on 2nd position with 14 points in 11 matches. Now that we are closing in at the end of the finishing league stage, every match can change the standings.
Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl as few teams have been successful against KKR while chasing. As KKR came in to bat, Robin Uthappa lost his wicket early. Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey steadied the innings as both batsmen scored their 50s. In the end, it was Andre Russell and Shakib al Hasan who gave the teams run rate a push and thanks to which KKR managed to score 183 runs in 20 overs.
Gayle has had a poor T20 season this year but this match has changed the fortune for him as Gayle was striking the ball as we have seen him play in previous seasons. Gayle scored 49 runs in just 31 deliveries. But once de Villiers arrived, it was only a matter of time that Kohli and de Villiers started attacking. Once these two got started, KKR bowlers had no answers what so ever.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and stats from this match –
Big Numbers – Chris Gayle played his 250th T20 match while this was Virat Kohli’s 200th T20 Match.
Still no 100 – Gautam Gambhir scored his 44th T20 50 in this match, he is yet to score a 100 in T20 cricket.
20th run-out – Gambhir was a run-out 20th time in T20 Cricket. This is the joint highest number of times that a player has been run-out. Only other player to be run out 20 times in T20 cricket is Mahela Jayawardena.
Gambhir’s favorite opposition – Gambhir completes 600 runs against RCB. He is the first player to score more than 600 runs against RCB.
4000 club for Pathan – Yusuf Pathan completes his 4000 runs in T20 cricket.
Most catches in a season – de Villiers now has 14 catches in IPL 2016, this is the most number of catches a player has taken in a single edition of IPL. Bravo did it in 2013 while Miller in 2014.
No record too big for Kohli – Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers now have 7 50+ stands in this season of IPL. This is the most by any pair in a T20 tournament.
Most runs in an IPL season – Virat has gone past Gayle and Hussey who had scored 733 runs in one season of IPL, the joint highest for any player. Virat Kohli has gone past 733 runs and now holds the record to score most number of runs in an IPL season.