KXIP vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the twenty-eighth encounter

KXIP vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the twenty-eighth encounter

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) registered their first win in this season of Indian Premier League (IPL) over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 8 wickets in Mohali on Saturday, April 13. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Punjab openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul added 60 runs in the powerplay. Apart from Gayle, other batsmen were not able to reach the 20-run mark. Gayle, on the other hand, scored 99* off 64, including 10 boundaries and 5 sixes and put up 173 on board.

Chasing 174, Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers scored 67 and 59* respectively. Their 85-run partnership and Marcus Stoinis’ quickfire 28 off 16 helped them to claim their first win of the season.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99

Punjab came to bat after losing the toss. They were hoping for a flying start while they struggled to score in the first two overs. However, Gayle was the one who started hitting first. He hit Umesh Yadav for a boundary and a maximum in the consecutive deliveries and later KL Rahul took on Yadav for two back-to-back boundaries. They put up 60 runs in the powerplay.

KL Rahul couldn’t do much as he was dismissed for 18 in the 7th over which included two boundaries and a six. In-form Mayank Agarwal also failed to impress and was dismissed for 15. However, Gayle reached his fifty in the 9th over. Another in-form batsman Sarfaraz Khan also got out for 15 off 13.

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Gayle, somehow, failed to maintain the same strike rate during the middle-overs (7-15).  He managed to score just 18 runs off 23 balls. This cost Punjab’s batting as well because the other batsmen were not able to contribute much.

Gayle was lucky enough to not get dismissed in the very first over when he was trapped before the stump by Umesh Yadav. But umpire didn’t raise his finger and Virat Kohli also didn’t take any review. Gayle anchored the innings till the end and scored an unbeaten 99 which helped them to put up 173 on board after 20 overs.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ partnership

Chasing the total, Bangalore opener Parthiv Patel started with a boundary off Sam Curran. Then Kohli took on Shami for two consecutive boundaries in the second over. There back to back boundaries showed that they were there to win the game. However, Parthiv Patel got out in the 4th over for 19 off 9 but that didn’t slow down their scoring.

His dismissal brought AB de Villiers in the crease; who showcased his talent from the very first over he faced. They put up 63 runs in the first six overs. However, they both rotated the strike beautifully and hit big shots whenever needed. They scored 98 runs in 11 overs and Kohli reached his half-century off 37 deliveries.

Kohli was dismissed for 67 off 53, including 8 boundaries. On the other hand, de Villiers was there, stood strong and anchored the innings till the end. Bangalore needed 38 runs in the last three overs when some big hittings from AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis took the team over the line.

Punjab’s dismal bowling in death overs

The equation was 38 needed off 18 deliveries and the two set batsmen, AB de Villiers, and Marcus Stoinis were in the middle. Andrew Tye came to bowl the 18th over where he was hit by Stoinis for a boundary in the very first ball. Stoinis hit another boundary in the next ball through backward point. The fourth delivery went for a maximum over extra cover and Tye conceded 18 runs in the over.

Shami started the next over quite well but a boundary in the fourth ball by Stoinis and a maximum by de Villiers in the final ball of the over ease the pressure. When they were needed only 6 runs in the final over, Ashwin handed over the ball to Sarfaraz Khan; who haven’t bowled before and that was his first over in the IPL history.

However, he failed to restrict the runs as Stoinis hit a boundary in the very first ball, took two runs in the next ball and Bangalore registered their first victory of the season with four balls to spare. Had the bowlers able to restrict them in the death overs, the result might have been different.

Warner-Bairstow becomes second pair after Kohli-de Villers to hit centuries in same innings

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Hyderabad has seen a huge run fest during the game against Bangalore. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow both smashed centuries and guided to a huge total of 231 after 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). 

RCB won the toss and chose to field first. Openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner started the innings on a high note. They didn’t allow the bowlers to create pressure on them. 

David Warner has been in a formidable form from the beginning of the season but today Jonny Bairstow took the charge. Newbie Prayas Roy Barman’s second over to Bairstow was a remarkable one. At first, he hit a maximum over deep cover, then back to back boundaries and reached his maiden fifty in the IPL off 28 balls.

While Bairstow was hitting big shots, Warner held at the other side. He completed his half-century in the 13th over. However, by then both of them made the highest partnership for SRH. Bairstow didn’t slow down his scoring and reached his maiden IPL hundred in the 16th over.

Finally, he got dismissed in the 17th over for 114. Both he and David Warner made a 185-run opening stand which surpassed Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn’s 184*-run partnership for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Gujarat Lions at Rajkot in 2017.

This partnership broke Shikar Dhawan and Kane Williamson’s 176-run opening stand against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla in 2018. This has become the highest partnership for SRH for any wicket now.

However, after Bairstow’s century, it was David Warner who took on the bowlers and completed his 4th IPL century in the final over when he hit Siraj for a boundary behind square on the off-side. 

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With this century, SRH openers became the second pair after Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to do so in IPL. Kohli and de Villiers smashed centuries against Gujarat Lions in Bangalore in 2016. Their century stand becomes the fourth pair in the list of two individual 100s in the same innings in T20-cricket:

K O’Brien and H Marshall, Gloucestershire v Middlesex, Uxbridge, 2011
V Kohli and AB de Villiers, RCB v GL, Bengaluru, 2016
A Hales and R Rossouw, R Riders v C Vikings, Chattogram, 2019
D Warner and J Bairstow, SRH v RCB, 2019

However, similar innings were played by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for RCB in 2016 when they took on Gujarat Lions. After Gayle’s early dismissal, AB de Villiers joined Kohli on the field. Both the batsmen punished the bowlers till the end. AB de Villiers was more dangerous, he reached his century in the 16t over where he hit three maximums and a boundary.

After getting a hundred, de Villiers didn’t show any mercy to the bowlers. Then Kohli chose Shivil Kaushik in the 19th over where the first ball went for a six over the covers. The second one went for a boundary through the same area. The next three deliveries were consecutive sixes from Kohli and the last delivery went for 2 runs. Before the over, Kohli was on 65 off 45 and the over ended with Kohli on 95 off 51.

Kohli reached his ton by hitting a maximum and ended up scoring 109 off 55 with the strike rate of 198.18 which included 5 boundaries and 8 maximums. On the other hand, AB de Villiers remained unbeaten at 129 off 52 with the strike rate of 248.07 which included 10 boundaries and 12 sixes.

In today’s match, Bairstow’s 114 came off 56 balls with a strike rate of 203.57 which included 12 boundaries and 7 sixes. David Warner took 55 balls to reach his ton which came at a strike rate of 181.82, including 5 boundaries and as many sixes.

Both the scores came for winning causes and hopefully, this IPL will bring many more performances like these.

AB de Villiers signs for Middlesex to play in the upcoming T20 Blast

AB de Villiers signs for Middlesex to play in the upcoming T20 BlastAB de Villiers signs for Middlesex to play in the upcoming T20 Blast

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has signed for Middlesex to play in the upcoming Twenty20 Blast. 

AB de Villiers will play his first English county cricket which will start from July. However, he has signed up for the first seven group matches but he will be available for the latter stages also.

The Twenty20 tournament is scheduled to start on 18 July where Middlesex will face Essex at Lord’s. It is expected that de Villiers might play in the opening match. The 35-year old retired from international cricket in May 2018. Since then, he has been taking part in T20 leagues all around the world, including the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), the Mzansi Super League, and the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Middlesex head coach Stuart Law has expressed his excitement about de Villiers’ arrival to the club. This will surely strengthen their batting line up. Moreover, his inclusion will help the youngsters as well.

“It’s exciting for all here at Middlesex to announce the arrival of AB de Villiers for the T20 Blast this season,” Law said. “It’s a great opportunity for some of our younger players to pick the brain of one of the best players to have graced the game of cricket and for the support staff to work with him as well.”

“I look forward to working with AB this season and can’t wait to watch one of my favourite modern day batsman up close and personal,” Law further added.

AB de Villiers too expressed that he has always wanted to play county cricket and playing at Lord’s is always special.

“I have always wanted to play county cricket,” De Villiers said. “Playing at Lord’s is always a wonderful privilege, and I’m looking forward to the match at Richmond, a beautiful ground in south-west London. That will be a great experience.”

One of the greatest batsmen of all time, AB de Villiers has played 272 T20 matches and amassed over 7000 runs at a strike rate of 148.85. He has played more than 400 International matches and has more than 20,000 runs in his name.

He has been in a great form in the ongoing PSL and recently concluded BPL. He scored a 40-ball 45* and a 29-ball 52* in his last two matches for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL. He smashed a quickfire 50-ball hundred in the BPL, earlier this year.

However, the South African batsman is the second renowned player to sign for the club after Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman; who will join the squad for the upcoming campaign.

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A Century, A Debut & A Draw – AB de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen

A Century, A Debut & A Draw - AB de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen

There are quite a few incidents of two or more great players making their debuts in the same period. We all remember Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis making their debut in the same match in Karachi in 1989 followed by certain Shane Warne, in Tendulkar’s first Australia tour. 

Although only one player made his debut on 2nd February 2005 in Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, there was another young player from his opponents who announced himself in that match. And both of them went on to become modern legends and they are two of the most loved cricketers all over the world.

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England were touring South Africa for 5 tests and 7 One-Day Internationals. After winning the test series 2-1, the English players were quite upbeat. England squad led by Michael Vaughan were missing the service of key all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. South Africa despite being a strong team lost the test series and the first ODI. So they were already under pressure.

After the 2003 World cup, where both England and South Africa failed to make a mark, teams were going through the transition and quite a few new players were tested. For England, in the forefront was Kevin Pietersen, a swash-buckling batsman who was originally from Natal, South Africa. A wonderful young talent, Pietersen was already a flashy character, although no one would expect all the various controversies he had to face later, his talent was everyone to see. Although he appeared in test arena in 2005, he already made his ODI debut in Zimbabwe. Pietersen remained not out in three of his first 4 innings and played a steady unbeaten 22 in the first ODI to help England win by D/L method.

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For South Africa, the youngster who attracted everyone was Abraham Benjamin de Villiers. A livewire in the field, AB made his test debut during the test series and after a collective batting failure was drafted in the first eleven in the second ODI.

Sent to bat, England were in early trouble and Pietersen came to bat at 67 for 3. He took some time to settle down but once set he started to dominate the bowlers. Attractive pulls and sweeps were in display and once he passed his second ODI fifty he started acceleration. Andre Nel had to suffer as Pietersen muscled his way to his first ODI century, a brilliant effort which saw him finish with a 96-ball 108. He remained not out till the end to propel England to 270.

South Africa started the chase with Captain Smith paired with the debutant de Villiers. It was a steady start and both of them reached their twenties. But after the 10th over, while trying to up the ante, both of them perished within four balls. However Kallis and Gibbs built a good partnership and at 185 for 2 wickets in 38th Over, South Africa looked set to win. However, like many of their matches, South Africa started to mess it up suddenly. Both Kallis and Gibbs were gone by the 46th over. The target was still 34 runs. Even the big-hitter Kemp were also gone.

The final equation came down to 8 require of last 6 balls. Boucher was on strike with Pollock on the other end. A high full toss from Kabir Ali to Boucher resulted in a no-ball and boundary and gave the early advantage to South Africa who required an easy 3 of 5. But Boucher was caught next ball. A dot ball was followed by a single and the run out of new batsman Ashwell Prince.

With 2 of 2 required, Pollock somehow hit the 5th ball and scampered for one. The new batsman Andrew Hall was on strike on the last ball. Wicketkeeper Jones came close to the wicket. Ali bowled a full ball just outside off-stump, Hall missed it and in all the excitement just came out of his crease. Jones was alert enough to get the ball and flicked the bails to get a tie for England. The England team were ecstatic as it was a tie which looked unlikely even just a few overs back.

Both KP and ABDV went on to become legends of the game with some outstanding performances in next 10-12 years.

Players RCB should aim to get in the upcoming IPL auctions

Players RCB should aim to get in the upcoming IPL auctions

Indian Premier League will see the auctions for the 12th season taking place in Jaipur next month. RCB has always been in the news due to the presence of the dynamic duo of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, but the side has been unable to leave a mark. 

Ahead of the next edition, RCB have released players like Brendon McCullum and Sarfraz Khan, while Quinton de Kock has been traded to Mumbai Indians. Their bowling has been a matter of worry as well, and with most of the international stars leaving the IPL in 2019 half-way due to the World Cup, the teams would be focusing on procuring the services of domestic talent.

Here are some players RCB can target at the auctions.


Luke Ronchi

The T20 specialist was a part of the Islamabad United team that won the PSL and even won the Player of the Tournament award for his consistent showing.

With 435 runs in 11 games with a mind-boggling strike-rate of 182, Ronchi could be a potential game-changer on a flat Chinnaswamy wicket. The Kiwi player can open the innings, keep wickets and play in the middle order as well, and with McCullum released as well, RCB could potentially go after the Kiwi international.


Mohammed Shami

Though Shami has not been in the best of forms in the shorter formats for India in the last few months, he is a proven match-winner, who could be a real threat in the death overs.


The seamer has been released from The Delhi Daredevils camp for the 2019 IPL after playing for them since 2014. Shami had managed to pick up just 21 wickets in 35 games for them with an expensive economy of 9.14 runs per over. With Kohli preferring fast bowlers in his side, Shami could add a much-needed boost to the RCB line-up that already has Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee.


Heinrich Klaasen

South Africa’s Klaasen could be an ideal player to be slotted into the middle order for RCB.

Heinrich Klaasen

Over the years, the franchise has boasted of a heavy top-order, but once the top four are back in the hut, RCB have traditionally struggled to keep up with the momentum, which has caused them to lose more games than what they would have intended. Klaasen has a strike-rate of 158 in the shortest format and he will provide a wicket-keeping option to the side as well.


Thisara Perera

Thisara Perera is vastly underrated in the international scene, but he could be the X-factor for any team.

Thisara Perera

With a batting strike-rate of 145.41 and a bowling average of 25.88 in T20s, the Sri Lankan can not only strike it big but can be more than a handful with the cherry as well. RCB have struggled to find a consistent bowling all-rounder in the last few years – they had Chris Woakes last season but have released them ahead of the auctions – and with Perera being an almost like-for-like replacement to Woakes, one can expect RCB to go after him.


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Sreesanth and The Historic Victory in SA

Sreesanth and The Historic Victory in SA

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is in news again. This former Indian bowler is a participant in the latest edition of much controversial show Bigg Boss and is being anything but loved by the other contestants.

Sreesanth had already enough reasons to be disliked by the fans for his past and now he is adding some more to that. People from various fields come to the show to regain popularity or to change the image and here Sreesanth is becoming famous for all the negative reasons. One of his roommates termed him as enemy whereas he is being criticized for showing the least sportsman spirit in the house.

Sreesanth was banned by BCCI in 2013 for spot-fixing during IPL.  Post that, he tried to make a comeback through the entertainment industry. Apart from few films, he was also seen in Jhalak Dikhla Ja before Bigg Boss.

Although Bigg Boss 12 has not been very effective for Sreesanth as of now, there was a time when this former cricketer used to win matches for India and was loved by the fans. Few of his iconic performances are still remembered by them.

The Test vs South Africa, 8 wickets by Sreesanth

When Rahul Dravid led Indian team finally won a test match on the South African soil in 2006, Sreesanth became the man of the match with his massive contribution. The match drew huge media attention not just for the ill record of the Indian team, but also for Sourav Ganguly who was making a comeback after a gap of 10 months.

Indian team scored 249 in the first innings which included Ganguly’s 51 and made his comeback worth remembering for fans. The score wasn’t enough to defend the South African side consisting of Smith, Amla, Kallis, and AB de Villers but the Indian side bowled in a splendid way to restrict them for just 84 runs. Sreesanth took 5 for 40 with Zaheer and Kumble each taking 2 wickets. India came to bat again and with Laxman’s 73 put a score of 236 with South Africa already trailing behind by 165 runs. In the second innings, Anil Kumble led the show with Sreesanth and each of them took 3 wickets. South Africa was all out for 278 and India won that historic match by 123 runs.

Sreesanth played his first test in 2006 in Nagpur against England and took 4 wickets in debut match. The performance in South Africa test showed his consistency and temperament. The aggressive bowler showed calm whenever he was on the crease, unlike his off-field image. He had an interaction with Allan Donald before the South Africa tour which helped him to deliver that magical spell. He played 27 test matches and 53 ODIs with 37.59 and 33.44 averages respectively.

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that he was here to stay but he lost it all for himself. We can certainly hope for his sanity in the show so that he doesn’t make it worse for his fans.

AB de Villers will play competitive cricket after his retirement

AB de Villers will play competitive cricket after his retirement

AB de Villers is set to play Mzansi T20 League Tournament.

The post-retirement era of AB de Villers begins, he has opted to play a new T20 tournament started by Cricket South Africa.

Cricket South Africa has announced his name for their T20 tournament.

The glimpse of Mr. 360 will be seen once again.

Cricket South Africa has drafted AB de Villers’s name for their new T20 Tournament. This tournament is named as Mzansi Super League T20 Tournament.

Cricket South Africa has named 6 South African players earlier but an injury to Jean-Paul Duminy has forced him out of the tournament.

There are 6 overseas players for who will be playing this tournament.

In all, there will 6 teams which will participate in this mega event.

The names of those teams have been revealed. Those are Cape Town Blitz, Durban Heat, Jozi Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Paarl Rocks, and Tshwane Spartans.

This event in South Africa will start on 16th November 2018. This will go on for a month.

But the players will compete for their services in drafts at Johannesburg today.

The name of 5 South African players alongside AB de Villers is, Faf Du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir.

The 6 overseas players who will play in this new tournament are Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan, Eoin Morgan, David Mallan, Jason Roy, and David Bravo.

ABD will play for Tshwane Spartans, Faf du Plessis will represent Paarl Rocks, Hashim Amla will play for Durban Heat, Kagiso Rabada is in for Jozi Stars and Imran Tahir will feature for the Port-Elizabeth based Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.

This league is named after a colloquial term for South Africa. The chief executive of Cricket South Africa, Thabang Moroe said that the international players want to be part of this tournament. He has received over 200 requests from the players who have expressed their desire to play the Mzansi T20 League Tournament.

The South African Cricket board had a huge loss of approximately 14 million dollars when they failed to host a T20 tournament last year.

You will be missed AB De Villiers! flasback to AB’s top 10 IPL Innings

AB DE Villiars

AB de Villiers’s Retirement from international Cricket has come as a shock to Cricket fans all across the World and though his IPL career may not be over, reliving ‘Mr 360’s’ top 10 Innings in the IPL seems like a fitting tribute to the Genius.

10. 79* (55) vs Rajasthan Royals, May 17th 2009 

AB de Villiers is a name that has become synonymous with RCB, but what a lot of people forget is that ABD started his IPL career with the Delhi Daredevils and had a very good 2009 IPL which was conducted in South Africa. The South African took on the Rajasthan Bowlers with 8 fours and 1 six to ensure that DD had a competitive total of 150, which eventually proved enough as the Delhi based side won by 14 runs.

9. 50* (38) vs Mumbai Indians May 8th, 2009

AB de Villiers didn’t have a great IPL in 2008,but 2009 was a very successful season for the South African. In the game against the Mumbai Indians at the Buffalo Park, the batsman were finding it hard to score in relatively new conditions and the Mumbai Indians put a paltry 116 runs on the board. ABD utilized all his experience on pitches like the one at Buffalo Park and scored a very crucial unbeaten 50 off 38 balls.

8. 54 (40) vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala April 9th, 2009

Mr 360 has arrived for RCB and he does it in style! ABD scored an important 54 off 40 balls while chasing 162. Scoring a half-century being an overseas player on debut for a new franchise in Indian conditions is no mean feat, but ABD was extraordinary back then and he’s still extraordinary right now!

7. 31 (8) vs Pune Warriors India April 23rd, 2013

A game that’s remembered for only one thing, Chris Gayle’s Blitzkrieg. The ‘Universe Boss’ scored 175 off 102 balls, But what propelled RCB to 263 runs? the answer is ABD, he scored a quickfire ‘see ball hit ball’ kind of innings hitting three sixes and three fours off the 8 balls he faced that eventually guided RCB to a mammoth 263 runs,

6. 66 (38) vs Rajasthan Royals May 20th, 2015

The Playoffs is a stage in the IPL where all teams are under the pump, especially during an eliminator do or die game. RCB had a shaky start de Villiers along with Mandeep (54 off 56) guided RCB to a solid score of 180 which eventually was enough to carry them into the Qualifier 2.

5. 79* (80) vs Gujarat Lions May 24, 2016

Qualifier 1, the heat is on at the Chinnaswamy and the Gujarat Lions set a tricky target of 159. RCB are in trouble as they lose Gayle(9), Kohli(0), KL Rahul(0) and Watson(1) inside the powerplay, onus was now on ABD to take his team home. We witnessed an AB classic as his 79 off 80 balls guided RCB to the final of the IPL.

4. 89* (41) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 4th May, 2014

In what seemed like a two-paced Chinnaswamy wicket, with the bat not directly coming onto the ball. SRH managed a competitive 155 runs and even got RCB’s top 4 of Gayle (27 off 35), Parthiv (3 off 7), Kohli (0 off 3) and Russow (14 off 40 ). RCB were in a spot of bother as they had not only lost wickets but had conceded far too many dot balls and that’s when AB de Villiers let loose and took his team through!

3. 105* (54) vs Chennai Super Kings 23rd April, 2009

Without any question, AB de Villiers’s best Innings in a DD jersey, Mr 360 wasn’t a very well known batsman back then but still managed to score a ton against CSK. His innings of 105 off 54 balls took DD to a massive total of 189 runs which proved to be enough and took DD over the line!

2. 129* (52) vs Gujarat Lions 14th May, 2016

This innings was the Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers show! Without a doubt the best performance this dynamic duo have put up. Virat scored 109 runs while ABD scored an enormous 129 off 52 balls to take RCB to a Mammoth 248 runs. Eventually RCB beat Gujarat by 144 runs that did a huge favour to their Net run rate.

1. 133* (59) vs Mumbai Indian May 10, 2015

It was the Genius’s first hundred in RCB colours and till date his best Innings in the IPL. It was another Kohli-de Villiers special as RCB piled on the runs, ABD getting an unbeaten 133 off 59 and Kohli scoring 82 off 50 balls to take RCB to 235 in 20 overs.

IPL 2018: SRH giving away points?

SRH 3 Losses

Sunrisers Hyderabad is on the lead on the scoreboard for IPL by giving out great performances throughout the series. However, it looks as though they are now slacking and have lost the last three matches consecutively, not only disappointing fans but also affecting their stand and net run rate. Although they haven’t fallen from their position yet, their weakness is becoming an advantage for other team members.

The subsequent loss started with their match with CSK. This was a highly anticipated match because the two teams on the top of the points table were going to have a face off. The match started off well for SRH however at a mere 18 runs and nearly just 3 overs into the game, Alex Hales was out by just making 2 runs. Deepak Chahar was one of the best bowlers of the match and in four overs, SRH was able to score only 16 runs and he managed to take a wicket. They were able to score a mere 29 runs in 6 overs. They were so slow that was only able to make 62 runs in 10 overs, which was very upsetting to look at. SRH and made 179 runs in total. They could have done much better, especially during such a match. CSK, on the other hand, took the pitch by storm by their wondrous batting and Ambati Rayudu managed a 100 not out!. Shane Watson and Ryaudu opened with a glorious 3 sixes by Watson. However, the sixes and fours did not stop with Ryaudu hitting 7 sixes and 7 fours in total. Manish Pandey dropped MS Dhoni’s ball and encouraged CSK even further. Siddharth Kaul and Shakib Al Hasan gave away 40 and 41 runs respectively. Their poor bowling resulted in the CSK win in 19 overs with a run rate of 9.47.

RCB was suffering by being at the bottom of the points table and it was crucial for them to win the match against SRH, in order to secure a place for themselves and stay in the running. RCB’s reputation was shoddy this time, probably, making SRH overconfident. It is well-known fact that RCB’s batting lineup is categorized as one of the strongest and this time, they indeed proved themselves. Although Kohli and Parthiv Patel were out without making any significant differences to the scoreboard, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali certainly did make a great score! a grand total of 107 runs over 57 balls. However, with Rashid Khan onboard, they did not manage to get too far. Nevertheless, apart from the 19-year-old, it appeared as though no other bowler was up to the mark and Basil Thampi was highly disappointing by letting slip 70 runs in 4 overs. Shakib Al Hasan wasn’t up to the mark at all either. On the other hand, the RCB bowlers were doing a relatively better job than SRH and pulled the team through. Dhawan was out at 18 by Yuzvendra Chahal. Alex Hales was ousted by De Villiers by his breathtaking catch. When SRH was about the turn of the tables, Williamson was ousted by Mohammed Siraj. Tim Southee successfully curbed their win in the final overs.

The third match that SRH consecutively lost was against KKR. This was a must-win if SRH wants to keep up its reputation. SRH started off good, however, it soon began slacking by the 8th over, one of the most promising batsman till then, Shreevats Goswami was out and leaving SRH at 79-1. Not a loss they cannot recover from. However, Russell who caught Goswami caught Williamson too. Although his bowling was not exceptional, it appears as though his fielding most certainly was. Dhawan who was going great until now gets out just three overs after Williamson by an LBW. This is where the fall of risers begins to happen. 15 overs down and a score of 140 was not what we were expecting, it’s slightly disappointing. Eventually, almost every over after this, one player gets out and the team is all out by the 20th over. When KKR starts batting it’s a spree of fours until the 3rd over when Sunil Narine is caught out. However, no other damage is caused to the batting until later in the 13th over when the second wicket falls, giving them enough time to Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa to balance the scores. Sandeep Sharma‘s bowling is disappointing as he gives away 30 runs in 2 overs. Although SRH does take down 5 of the opposing team’s men, their good play compared to SRH’s slacking game makes them win the match. 

Thus, it can be said that SRH were out of form for these three matches and it did cost them. Their Net run rate would drop and although they haven’t fallen off the top, it has affected the fans’ nerves and is proof of their weaknesses which might be aimed at again if they do not cover it up. All the best SRH!

IPL Match 53, Post-Match Analysis: RCB knocked out by RR


IPL 2018 | Match 53 | RR vs RCB: Rajasthan Royals defeat the Royal Challengers Bangalore to kick them out of the tournament yesterday at Jaipur.

RR is now still in contention for the playoffs, placed fourth. Their net run rate, however, still remains low at -0.250, allowing them to be easily surpassed by Mumbai Indians if they win today. 

RCB, on the other hand, see themselves out of the tournament with their loss placing them in the sixth position with no more matches left to allow them to make a comeback. This came as a definite shocker with RCB having the more potential of winning yesterday. 

RR won the toss and opted to bat. Rahul Tripathi (80) and Jofra Archer (0) opened the innings for the team. RR lost Archer for free to Umesh Yadav in the first over itself. A good auspicious start for RCB, but apparently not as great with the next wicket being taken only in the fourteenth over. Tripathi remained undefeated to complete the innings at 80. Captain Ajinkya Rahane (33) came in to replace Archer and partnered with Tripathi to smack Yadav for three boundaries in the fourth over, taking revenge for the early wicket. By the end of power-play, the duo had 45 runs in their pocket. Rahul Tripathi reached his third IPL fifty in just 38 balls  Their partnership pushed the score to 100 for 1 by the fourteenth over, when Umesh Yadav came in again to take out Rahane and Sanju Samson (0) one after the other.

Sanju Samson’s golden duck left everyone reeling – yesterday was not his day to make it back to form. Heinrich Klaasen’s cameo over five overs added 32 runs to the scoreboard. He went down with a bang as he infuriated Siraj with twelve runs in the nineteenth over only to be dismissed right after. Krishnappa Gowtham (14) went out on the final ball, ending the innings with a score of 164 for five.

Jofra Archer’s debut as opener did not go as planned, he will probably not be seen doing it again in their next match (if there is one).

Umesh Yadav is arguably the best bowler in RCB as he finished with a figure of 3/25. He gives away a few runs but he does remove the crucial players off the field when the team needs him to. He is second to the Purple cap Andrew Tye as he lagged behind by four wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal did not take any wickets but the leg-spinner only conceded 26 runs in his four overs.

With a target of 165 to chase, RCB decided to continue with its same line-up and opened with Virat Kohli (4) and Parthiv Patel (33). Kohli was seen off the field by Karnataka boy, Krishnappa Gowtham in the third over – the first massive blow to the team. AB de Villiers came in to replace him and secured his sixth half-century this IPL season in 32 balls. Shreyas Gopal then started his hunt with Parthiv Patel being his first wicket in the ninth over. He immediately dismissed Patel’s replacement, Moeen Ali (1), in the very same over. Mandeep Singh (3) came on to the field only to end up being Gopal’s third wicket of the evening. Even Colin de Grandhomme (2) couldn’t save his team as Ish Sodhi took him out in the twelfth over. But all through these wickets, they still had De Villiers but he was not spared by the Gopal storm as he became his fourth and final wicket for the night. After this major blow, it was all downhill for RCB with Mohammed Siraj’s (14) wicket sealing their fate at 134-all out in 19.2 overs.

Harsh Bhogle expressed his sentiments regarding RCB’s loss just as all their fans must have felt.

RCB played well in phases and every time they got a momentum going, Shreyas Gopal hit them with a wicket. AB de Villiers delivered as usual but with no major support from any of his teammates, he was unable to single-handedly serve them this victory. RCB’s biggest flaw has been the inability of the middle-order batsmen to sustain the fall of the top order but hopefully, the team will come back next season with a new and improved batting line-up.

RR will keep their fingers crossed as they hope the results of today’s remaining matches do not push them out of the top four and they make it into the playoffs.