This is the match between two teams that have disappointed their fans the most by their performance. Both Royal Challengers and Supergiants have a number of International players in their team, despite which the teams have failed in giving their best. As a result, Supergiants are on 6th position and Challengers on 7th in the league table.
Virat Kohli won the toss today and chose to field, backing his batsmen to chase down the target that RPS set. Usman Khawaja started aggressively but got run-out due to a mix-up with Rahane. Rahane and Sourabh Tiwary then took the game forward and put up a 100 run plus stand. Much thanks to the RCB team that missed catches, run-out, and stumpings. Rahane played through and quick contributions from middle-order batsmen helped RPS reach 191 for 6 in 20 overs.
RCB openers started well for the first time and put up a 94 run stand for the first wicket and then lost Rahul and de Villiers in the same over to Zampa. Watson came in and played some good shot to up the scoring rate. Kohli played a captain’s innings and scored his 2nd century of the tournament and led RCB to victory.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and stats from this match –
Most 50s in IPL 2016 – Rahane became the first batsman in IPL 2016 to score six 50s. Virat Kohli, David Warner, and Rohit Sharma are behind him with 5 half centuries. Virat Kohli later in the same match also scored his 6th 50 of the season.
The first powerplay without wicket – This is the first powerplay that RCB have played without losing a wicket in this season of IPL.
A First 50 run stand for RCB – Royal Challengers Bangalore have struggled to get a good start from the openers and today they managed to as this is the first 50 run plus stand for the RCB openers.
All-rounder advantage – Shane Watson became 3rd player in this IPL to score 30 plus runs and pick up 3 plus wickets in this IPL. Other two players to do so are Chris Morris and Thisara Perera.
Non-stop Kohli – Virat Kohli also became the first player in IPL 2016 to score 500 or more runs. He holds the Orange Cap now and rightly deserves so. It took him 8 innings to reach this mark. The fastest by any player in IPL. 2nd fastest is by Gayle, he took 9 innings to reach the 500 run mark.
2nd Century of Kohli – Kohli had 0 centuries before this IPL in T20 Cricket. Now he has two to his name. He also becomes the 2nd player to hit 2 centuries in an IPL season.
6000 run mark for Kohli – Kohli becomes 3rd Indian batsman after Raina and Rohit Sharma to cross the 6000 run mark in T20 Cricket.
A First Captain with 2 IPL Centuries – Kohli is also the first captain in the history of IPL to hit two centuries.