On Friday (5th April) night, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) snatched a brilliant victory against the host side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru).
The visiting captain Dinesh Karthik decided to field first after winning the toss. RCB managed to score 205/3 (20 overs) in the first innings. Though KKR was mostly under pressure during their innings, Andre Russell’s unbelievable destructive batting secured a memorable victory for KKR. The visiting side chased down the target in 19.1 overs after losing five wickets.
Brief Scores: RCB – 205/3 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 84, AB de Villiers 63; Nitish Rana 1/22)
KKR – 206/5 in 19.1 overs (Andre Russell 48*, Chris Lynn 43; Pawan Negi 2/21)
Result – KKR won by five wickets
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) RCB scored 205/3 (20 overs) in the first innings.
- It is the highest T20 total for RCB against KKR. Their previous record was 186/1 (18.4 overs) at Kolkata on 16th May 2016.
ii) RCB has faced six straight defeats, including five defeats in this season.
- It is RCB’s joint longest losing streak in their T20 cricket history.
i) KKR successfully chased down the 206-run target (206/5 in 19.1 overs).
- It is the highest successful chase for KKR. Their previous record chase was 200 runs (200/7) against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Bengaluru on 1st June 2014.
i) By the end of this match, Virat Kohli has scored 8,067 T20 runs.
- Virat Kohli became the second Indian to score 8,000+ T20 runs. Suresh Raina (8,110 runs) was the first Indian batsman to achieve this feat.
- Virat Kohli became the seventh batsman to score 8,000+ T20 runs. While he achieved this feat in 243 T20 innings, he became the second fastest batsman (according to the number of innings) to complete 8,000 T20 runs. Only Chris Gayle is ahead of him who completed 8,000 T20 runs in 213 innings.
ii) By the end of this match, Virat Kohli has scored 6,049 T20 runs in India.
- Virat Kohli became the second cricketer to score 6,000+ T20 runs in a country. Suresh Raina was the first player to achieve this feat as he also scored 6,000+ T20 runs in India.
iii) On Friday night, Virat Kohli played his 63rd 50+ score in T20 career.
- It is the third most 50+ score for any batsman in T20 career. While Virat Kohli surpassed Brendon McCullum (62 times 50+ score in T20 career), only Chris Gayle (98 times 50+ score in T20 career) and David Warner (72 times 50+ score in T20 career) are ahead of him.
iv) In this match, Virat Kohli scored 84 runs.
- It was the second highest individual score by an RCB batsman against KKR at M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru). The record is 85* by Chris Gayle on 11th April 2013.
AB de Villiers
i) AB de Villiers has scored 3,469 T20 runs for RCB.
- The right-handed batsman is the second most T20 run-scorer for RCB. During this match, he surpassed Chris Gayle who scored 3,420 T20 runs for RCB. At present, only Virat Kohli (5,534 runs) is ahead of AB de Villiers.
i) By the end of this match, Robin Uthappa has scored 2,513 T20 runs for KKR.
- Robin Uthappa became the second batsman to score 2,500+ T20 runs for KKR. Gautam Gambhir (3,345 runs) was the first KKR batsman to achieve this feat.
i) Andre Russell had the strike-rate of 369.23 as he was not out on 48 runs off just 13 balls.
- It was the second highest strike-rate for a batsman in an IPL innings when the batsman faced minimum 10 deliveries. The record holder is AB de Villiers (RCB) with the strike-rate of 372.72 (41 runs off 11 balls) against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Bengaluru on 19th April 2015.
i) RCB pacer Tim Southee had the bowling figures of 4-0-61-0.
- It was the second joint most expensive bowling figures by an RCB bowler. Earlier, Shane Watson had also the similar bowling figures (4-0-61-0) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Bengaluru on 29th May 2016. The most expensive bowling figures for RCB are 4-0-69-0 by Sreenath Aravind against South Australia at Bengaluru on 5th October 2011.
- It was the second joint most expensive bowling figures in IPL history by an overseas bowler (Shane Watson also had the same bowling figures). The record is 4-0-62-0 by the Australian pacer Michael Neser (Kings XI Punjab) against RCB at Mohali on 6th May 2013.