MI vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the thirty-first encounter

MI vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the thirty-first encounter

Mumbai Indians (MI) registered another comfortable victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday, April 15 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. 

Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field first. Asked to bat first, Bangalore lost the opener, Virat Kohli, very cheaply. However, a 95-run partnership between AB de Villiers (75 off 51) and Moeen Ali (50 off 32) helped them to put up 171 on board. Other batsmen failed to score big as Lasith Malinga bagged a 4-wicket haul. 

Chasing 172, Mumbai openers added 70 runs within 7.1 overs. However, they lost both the openers in the same over. But a quickfire innings from both Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya guided them to another win.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Lasith Malinga’s 4-wicket haul

Put into bat, Bangalore didn’t get a flying start as they lost in-form Virat Kohli for mere 8. However, Parthiv Patel and experienced AB de Villiers tried to steady the ship and added 37 runs before Patel’s dismissal for 28. Ab de Villiers then built a partnership of 95 runs with Moeen Ali and put up 144 runs after the 17th over. They were looking too comfortable at the crease then and they were hoping for a big score from there on.

But veteran Sri Lankan bowler, Lasith Malinga had some other plans. He broke the 95-run partnership by taking up Moeen Ali after he scored a fifty off 32. He struck again in the same over when he picked up Marcus Stoinis for a two-ball duck.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KXIP vs RR

Malinga, however, came to bowl the final over. AB de Villiers got dismissed in the second ball of the over by direct throw while Malinga dismissed both Akshdeep Nath and Negi and restricted Bangalore within 171 on board. Malinga finished his spell with the figure of 4-0-31-4.

Poor bowling by Bangalore bowlers

To defend a total like 172 in the ground like Wankhede, the bowlers have to bowl in a good line and length. But once again Bangalore bowlers failed to impress with the ball.

Having started the chase with the consecutive boundaries by Quinton de Kock off Umesh Yadav in the very first over, Kohli-led Bangalore bowlers didn’t get the way to restrict both the openers as they added 67 runs in the powerplay. However, Moeen Ali gave the first breakthrough by picking up Rohit Sharma for 28. He struck again in the same over when he dismissed de Cock for 40.

Later, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Ishan Kishan for 21 off 9 and Suryakumar Yadav for 29 off 23. Apart from Moeen Ali and Yuzvendra Chahal, none of the other bowlers was bowling in a proper line and length. Chahal and Ali bowled with the economy of 6.75 and 4.50 respectively while Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, and Pawan Negi bowled with the economy of more than 10; which cost them the defeat.

Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 37

After the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav in the 16th over, one of Mumbai’s key players, all-rounder Hardik Pandya came to the crease. He tried to steady the ship with Krunal Pandya by rotating the strike and a few big shots whenever needed before Krunal’s dismissal.

However, they needed 22 in the final two overs when Virat Kohli handed over the ball to Pawan Negi. Hardik Pandya, on the other hand, changed the gear as well. he didn’t take any run in the first ball. The second one went for a maximum over long-on. The third delivery was outside off stump which went for a boundary through the gap between long-off and deep mid-wicket.

The next one again went for a boundary while the fifth ball went for a six over long on. The final ball was wide while Hardik took a single in the final ball of the penultimate over and sealed the game for Mumbai.

India World Cup squad announced; Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar included

India World Cup squad announced; Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar included

The 15-member India squad have been announced today for the upcoming ICC World Cup which is scheduled to be started from May 30. 

Today, the selector MSK Prasad announced the names of the players. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu couldn’t find their places in the squad while Dinesh Karthik was the notable inclusion. Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, and Vijay Shankar also have been selected.

Everyone was expecting the youngster Rishabh Pant will get a call but Dinesh Karthik earned the recall. However, the selector shared that Karthik was chosen because of his experience and their performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) didn’t affect the selection. The 33-year old Karthik showcased that he can finish the game with his 8-ball 29 in the Nidahas Trophy final.

“We debated at length whether to pick Pant or DK (Dinesh Karthik). We felt that either of them would only come into the XI if Mahi (Dhoni) is injured. We felt that if it is a big game like semifinal or final, keeping ability also matters. Pant was almost there,” MSK Prasad said after the selection meeting in Mumbai on Monday.

“We also discussed in a crunch match who is best suited to handle pressure. Under pressure we have seen DK finishing games,” he further added.

The selector further added that they didn’t consider the other youngsters like Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill.

“This squad was very close to the side we picked against Australia. We didn’t consider IPL form. The likes of Iyer and Shubman Gill are doing well but they were not considered,” Prasad said.

Also Read: Australia Squad for ICC World Cup 2019

On the other hand, there was a debate between Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu, who would get selected. However, Vijay Shankar has been selected over Rayudu as he has an all-rounder.

“After the 2017 Champions Trophy, we tried a lot of middle-order batsmen which included the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. Vijay offered us three dimensions — he might bowl a bit and is fantastic fielder. He is a batman who might bowl a bit. We are looking at him for the No. 4 position. Nothing went against Rayudu but lot of things went in favour of Shankar,” MSK Prasad added that.

“Yes, we are looking at Shankar in that position while Jadhav is another option. Rahul is also there which can look at one of the top order option. But for now, we have picked Rahul as the back-up opener,” he further expressed while talking about the no. 4 place in the squad.

However, the selectors also recalled left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who has an average 29.92 with the bat from 151 ODIs and 35.89 with the ball with 174 wickets. He has been in a great form in the ongoing IPL.

“Over the last couple of years, Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav) have won us a lot of games. Jadeja brings in variety among the spinner. The wickets might get drier as the tournament goes on and that’s why we have picked Jadeja,” Prasad said about their thought behind picking up Jadeja.

“Apart from the three pacers, Pandya can bowl, so can Shankar and Jadhav. So we have 7 bowling options. Khaleel (Ahmed) and Navdeep (Saini) were discussed. If need arises, one of them will be picked in the squad,” Prasad expressed while talking about the bowlers.

However, The International Cricket Council (ICC) gives the permission to all countries that they can change the option of this 15-member squad till seven days prior to the start of the mega event. But the chief selector said that this 15-member squad will not be going to be changed unless there is an injury.


Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.

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.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs CSK

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.

RCB vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twentieth encounter

RCB vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twentieth encounter

Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered yet another defeat as Delhi Capitals won the game by 4 wickets at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.  

Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field first. Bangalore expected a strong start from the openers, Parthiv Patel and captain Virat Kohli. But they lost Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers within the powerplay. Apart from Kohli and Moeen Ali, others failed to impress. Kagiso Rabada’s 4-wicket haul restricted them within 149 on board.

Chasing 150, Delhi lost their opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck. However, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer steadied the innings. Later, a quickfire 18 from Rishabh Pant guided Delhi to a comfortable win with 7balls to spare.

Here are the three talking points from the game:

RCB’s rather slow batting approach

Asked to bat first, Bangalore lost their opener Parthiv Patel for 9 and in-form AB de Villiers for 17, within the powerplay at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. After losing both the wickets in quick successions, captain Virat Kohli started playing in a defensive manner in the middle overs.

Both Kohli and Marcus Stoinis’ innings helped them to score 63/2 in 10 overs. Later, Moeen Ali started playing aggressively. He hit three sixes and a boundary in his 18-ball 32 knocks. Then, Kohli took on Lamichhane for two maximums before his dismissal. However, economical bowling in the death overs restricted them within 149/8 in 20 overs.

Kagiso Rabada’s terrific spell

Kagiso Rabada is one of the best death bowlers in recent times. Earlier, his brilliant super over helped Delhi to win the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). His brilliant spell once again dismantled Bangalore’s batting line up.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KXIP vs SRH

Rabada dismissed AB de Villiers in the last ball of the power play for 17. He then came back in the 18th over when Bangalore were 133/4 with Kohli and Akshdeep Nath in the middle. He dismissed RCB captain Virat Kohli on the first ball for 41 off 33. Then he dismissed Akshdeep Nath for 19. Later, he also cleaned up Pawan Negi for a duck off the last ball of the over which reduced Bangalore at 138/7 after 18 overs. Rabada ended his spell with the figures of 4-0-21-4.

Poor fielding of Bangalore

Chasing a total of 150, Delhi lost their opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck. Shreyas Iyer was also about to get out in the same over. But Parthiv Patel dropped the catch behind the stumps.

In the 11th over, Iyer once again got saved. Parthiv dropped the chance again when Iyer went for a sweep off Negi. Iyer made Bangalore pay for these as he scored a brilliant half-century off 50 balls which included 8 boundaries and 2 sixes.

Apart from these two chances, they had many misfields, some of them near the boundaries which gave away several runs and that cost them the defeat.

RCB vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the seventeenth encounter

IPL 2019, RR vs KKR: Fantasy Team Predictions

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) hosted Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru where Andre Russell’s heroics took KKR over the finish line with 5 balls to spare. 

Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Dinesh Karthik chose to bowl first after winning the toss. Put into bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli got off to a flying start. They added 53 runs in the powerplay. Later, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers scored sizzling half-centuries to take Bangalore to 205/3 in 20 overs.

Chasing this huge total, KKR lost their opener, Sunil Narine, within 28 off 8. Later, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, and Nitish Rana tried to resurrect the innings. But Andre Russell’s 13-ball 48 guided them to register the victory by 5 wickets.

Here are the three talking points from the encounter:

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ 108-run partnership

Put into bat, RCB lost Parthiv Patel for 64 in 7.5 overs. Then captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villers started to steady the innings. Both of them started hitting boundaries and over boundaries all over the park from the beginning. They punished every bowler and scored quick half-centuries. Kohli took 31 balls to reach his fifty while de Villers took 28 balls to score his 30th IPL half-century. 

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for CSK vs KXIP

However, Kohli’s quickfire 84 came to an end when Kuldeep took a well-judged return catch in the 18th over. Before his dismissal, they both added 108 runs. Later, de Villers also got out for 63 off 32 in the successive overs while Shubman Gill took an easy catch at long-off. Then, Stoinis’ 13-ball 28 powered them to 205/3 in 20 overs.

Andre Russell’s heroics

Chasing the huge total, KKR were needed a solid start but their opener Sunil Narine fell for 10. Later, Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa added 65 runs. But quick successions of Uthappa and Lynn left KKR at 108/3. Nitish Rana scored 37 off 23 and Dinesh Karthik scored 19 off 15 in their 206-run chase.

Karthik was dismissed in the final ball of the 16th over when KKR required 53 runs in the last three overs. Russell took just 13 balls to finish the chase. He smashed seven sixes and one boundary and won the game single-handedly. His batting heroics made the difference between the teams.

RCB’s miserable death bowling

Until 17th over, RCB were pretty much in the game as they had to defend 53 runs in 18 balls. Any team can easily defend that score in the death overs. But once again their bowling failed to restrict their opponent.

Bowling has been a problem for RCB for a long time. Though they have a strong batting line-up, their bowling never lives upto the expectations. Mohammed Siraj came to bowl the 18th over but back to back full toss left him outside. Marcus Stoinis finished the over where Russell smashed three consecutive sixes and 23 runs came from the over.

Southee came to bowl in the next over where Russell hit four maximums and a boundary and 29 runs came from the over which leveled the score. In the final over, Shubman Gill scored a single and KKR won another game with ease.

If Kohli brought Pawan Negi earlier, they might have restricted KKR as he was bowling economically. He conceded 21 runs in 3.1 overs and took 2 crucial wickets of Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa.

IPL 2019: RR vs RCB- Key Player Battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, Match 20: RCB vs DC- Key player battles to watch out for

The Rajasthan Royals will take on the Royal Challengers Bengaluru, the only two teams yet to win a game in the 2019 IPL, tonight at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday. Both teams will be reckless to defeat each other in a clash of strugglers. 

The two teams have been more than disappointing so far in the 12th edition of the IPL and desperately need a win to rejuvenate their respective campaigns in this season of the marquee T20 league. Royals have failed to tighten the screws when it mattered most. In all three matches so far, they were in a good position but could not grab the moments, losing to Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Chennai Super Kings respectively.

Both teams have faced each other 19 times in the Indian Premier League. The head-to-head record is almost neck-to-neck as RR have recorded 9 victories while RCB have won 8 times. At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, both teams have a similar record. RCB and RR have both got three victories each in Jaipur. In the corresponding fixture last season, RR defended a score of 164 and defeated the Virat Kohli-led side by 30 runs.

The home team faces an equally desirous setup in RCB, who too are looking to restore themselves. Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli had yielded that the defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, March 31, was “one of their worst losses”.

Rajasthan Royals have performed fairly well in this edition but have come up short during the important moments in all their matches. Even in their previous match against CSK, the Royals needed just 12 runs in the last over to win. But they managed only 3 as they lost the match by eight runs. Now they will hope to finally open their account against bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore.

As the two teams- placed 7th and 8th in the IPL points table lock horns against each other, let’s have a look at the key player battles for tonight:

Virat Kohli vs Dhawal Kulkarni

The Mumbai pacer who represents the Rajasthan Royals has only taken two wickets across three matches in the 12th edition of the IPL so far. However, with a rich past record against the RCB captain Virat Kohli, Dhawal Kulkarni will surely target the prized wicket on Tuesday. So far the two players have met 10 times of which Kulkarni got Kohli out 4 times. Meanwhile, Kohli has had an uneventful IPL so far and will be yearning to get back amongst the runs again. Kohli will have to be aware and choose his shots carefully. The game against the Royals on Tuesday will be another chance for him as we watch out for this key player battle.

Jos Buttler vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Buttler’s dream run in the IPL started in the 2018 season when he scored five consecutive fifties to escort the Rajasthan Royals to the playoffs in the 11th edition. While his scoring rate against the pacers is extraordinary, he has struggled a bit against spinners. Even during his dream run, the English wicketkeeper yielded to spin 6 times out of 10.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

So the key player battle to watch out for tonight would be one between Buttler and the best spinner in the RCB side. Yuzvendra Chahal being the man for Bangalore has taken six wickets in three matches so far and that includes the figures of 4-38 against Mumbai Indians. Kohli would want to give Chahal an over or two in the powerplay against Buttler to get him out early.

AB de Villers vs Ben Stokes

The very popular English all-rounder Ben Stokes has had an undistinguished IPL this season but he carries the ability to change a game quickly on its head. Playing for the Rajasthan Royals, Stokes will have the unenviable task of containing the great AB de Villiers when the two sides meet in Jaipur on Tuesday. De Villiers, who had a unique uneventful match against the Sunrisers, will hope that he can get some runs under his belt against the RR. De Villiers and Kohli are the two players who are expected to save the team in difficult situations and the former South Africa captain would be well in charge to fight out Ben Stokes as one of the key player battles.

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

IPL 2019, MI vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

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. 

Also Read: In IPL So far 3 Indians have scored 99 runs in an innings 

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.

Prithvi Shaw’s 99 makes us revisit Kohli and Raina’s innings

Prithvi Shaw's 99 makes us revisit Kohli and Raina's innings

Last night on Saturday, the 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw smashed a blistering 55-ball 99 which got all fans in awe of him. 

It’s always endearing to see a young man with a short build to carry out such a huge task. Not that he didn’t surprise us all in his Test debut for India last year. But the Indian prodigy has now established himself in the marquee T20 league as well.

Even during the previous matches of the Capitals, the young opener made a good start in the game against CSK when he hit five fours before throwing away the decent inception. In the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, he was relentless on both pace and spin and did not lose a beat in his innings as the chase proceeded. His first 50 came off 30 balls and quickly amassed the next 49 off 25 balls.

Also Read: Talking points of DC vs KKR

However, a Kuldeep Yadav-inspired Kolkata Knight Riders forced the home team in Delhi into the Super Over contest, in which Kagiso Rabada reestablished his reputation as the world’s best bowler with a standout bowling performance in defending 10 runs for DC.

Coming back to the 99 scored by Prithvi shaw, that could’ve been his first hundred in the Indian Premier League, and the second that this season has seen. It takes us back in time in the history of the marquee T20 league when two other batsmen – both ace players- scored a 99 each in their time.

Suresh Raina: 99* in 2013

The then ‘Title contenders’ of the 2013 season of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings had put up yet another complete performance as they annihilated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 77 runs to affirm their sovereignty in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday, May 8 in 2013. It was the 54th match of that season in the IPL. Mounting on Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 99 and Mike Hussey’s blistering 67, the Dhoni-led Super Kings side amassed an extensive 223 for three as the total. Sunrisers looked totally out of touch as they lost wickets at regular intervals, managing just 146 for eight from their 20 overs. It was a match where CSK exceeded the home team in all departments of the game with absolute ease. While Raina and Hussey nearly batted the opponents out of the match, the CSK bowlers also didn’t let the guard down as Sunrisers lost their first match at home. The tournament’s highest run-getter Suresh Raina, who now has 5000+ plus runs in his IPL career, became the only player to record scores of 98, 99 and 100 in the IPL history. Needless to say, Raina was the Player of the Match.

Virat Kohli: 99 in 2013

The last Indian player to be dismissed on 99 in T20 cricket was Indian skipper Virat Kohli during RCB’s match against Delhi (then Daredevils, now Capitals) in 2013 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. While Kohli’s innings of 99 off 58 had aided RCB to a four-run win, Shaw’s removal played a key role in KKR bouncing back and enforcing a Super Over. Shaw was declared the Player of the Match anyway. Dailing backward, Virat Kohli’s first 47 runs in that match came off 43 balls. When Kohli was run out while attempting the second off the last ball of the innings, he had reached 99 off 58, and Royal Challengers had finished on 183. However, Jaydev Unadkat’s five-wicket haul that crushed the Delhi Daredevils had earned him the Player of the Match award. In all three cases, the players with a score of 99 saw their team winning the game.

RCB vs MI: 3 takeaways from the seventh encounter

IPL 2019, SRH vs MI: Fantasy Team Predictions

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced Mumbai Indians (MI) in the seventh game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 where MI registered their first win in a thriller by 6 runs. 

RCB elected to field first after winning the toss. Batting first, MI put up a huge total of 187 on board in 20 overs. They have started pretty well as the openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 52 runs in the powerplay. But the big blow came with Chahal as he dismissed de Kock in the 7th over for 23.

Later, Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit added another 33 runs and another 37-run was added by Yadav and Yuvraj Singh.  Chahal’s 4-wicket haul and Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 32 guided them to put up 187.

Chasing this total, opener Moeen Ali dismissed for 13. Later captain Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel added 40-run and then Kohli and de Villers added another 49 runs. However, de Villers’ unbeaten 70 went in vain as Bumrah’s three-for restricted RCB within 181; claiming a 6 runs win.

Here are the three talking points of the game

Yuzvendra Chahal’s 4-wicket haul

Yuzvendra Chahal registered his second-best bowling figures in IPL. Chahal is one of the best spinners in the world currently and has proved his worth every time. Despite bowling at a flat batting pitch like the Chinnaswamy, he has managed to pick wickets every time.

Ever since the begin of his IPL career, Chahal has taken 87 wickets in 72 matches at an economy of 7.72 and a strike rate of 17.69. Out of these 87 wickets, 47 came at the Chinnaswamy.

During the game between the MI and RCB, Chahal conceded 38 runs in four overs and scalped 4 valuable wickets, including Quinton De Kock, Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard.

Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 32* after a middle-order collapse

Put into bat, Mumbai Indians got off to a flying start where their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 52 runs in the powerplay. Their blistering innings made the winning foundation for their team. However, Yuzvendra Chahal had other plans as he dismissed de Kock in the 7th over.

Somehow, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, and Yuvraj Singh added another 70 runs and steadied the ship but once again Chahal’s leg spin did the job as he dismantled the middle-order by picking up crucial wickets of Pollard, Yuvraj Singh and Surya Kumar Yadav and MI reduced to 146/7 with only three overs remaining.

Then Hardik Pandya came to his side’s rescue. He smashed all the bowlers in the death overs and they failed to restrict him. He scored a 14-ball 32 which included 3 maximums and 2 boundaries. His heroics helped his side to put up a decent competitive total of 187.

Bowling of Mumbai Indians

After Moeen Ali’s dismissal for 13, captain Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel started to steady the ship and added 40-run before Patel’s dismissal. Then it was Kohli and de Villers who again added another 49 runs and looked too comfortable in the middle.

RCB were 113-2 after 13 overs with two set batsmen Kohli and de Villers on the crease. They needed 75 off 42 which was very much gettable in the batting pitch like Chinnaswamy. But, MI captain Rohit Sharma had some other plans. He brought back Bumrah in the attack. 

First three deliveries went for singles; wherein the second delivery Kohli completed his 5000 IPL runs. The 4th delivery was the crucial one as Bumrah dismissed Kohli who gave an easy catch to Hardik Pandya and departed for 46 which included 6 boundaries. Kohli’s dismissal became the crucial wicket of the match as Bumrah conceded only 3 runs with a wicket.

Though 15th and 16th overs were quite expensive but 17th over was another crucial over where Bumrah gave only one run and dismissed Hetmyer for 5. The pressure fell upon AB de Villers to finish the chase where he smashed two consecutive sixes and a boundary off Hardik Pandya in the 18th over.

The penultimate over of Bumrah conceded just 5 runs and the last over from Malinga ended RCB’s hope of win as MI won the nail biter despite a controversial last ball.

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4 RCB players to watch out for in IPL 2019

The most 4 RCB players to watch out for in IPL 2019memorable knocks by Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore have had more misses than hits in eleven editions of the Indian Premier League, and fans will hope that IPL 2019 can be their year.

They have some of the biggest names in their ranks – players who are all capable of changing the game around with one knock or a spell. If 2019 will finally be their season or not needs to be seen, and here are the 4 players who will be key to their campaign this season.

Virat Kohli

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RCB have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the history of the league, but one star who has stood out for them has been Virat Kohli, who has stayed with the franchise since the very start. When he was bought by RCB in 2008, Kohli was just a youngster who had not yet turned into the monster that he is.

It took some years for him to blossom, and the faith paid rich dividends as he has converted into the biggest superstars in the game of cricket. In 2016, the Delhiite scaled the 1000-run mark in the edition, scoring four hundred, and his form will be crucial to RCB’s run this season. Kohli will be expected to accelerate and consolidate the innings, and if he opens, he will be expected to carry his bat through. With the World Cup taking place just a few days after the IPL, Kohli will want to get into form in the league and carry forward his momentum going forward.

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Shivam Dube

A day before the auctions in IPL 2018, all-rounder Dube smashed five sixes in an over, which ensured there was heavy bidding for him. He finally landed in RCB for INR 5 crores, and he will be one of the young stars to watch out for. Dube had first come into the limelight after smashing Pravin Tambe for five sixes in an over last year, which prompted Sunil Gavaskar to state that Dube was India’s best all-rounder.

The player had a successful Ranji Trophy, wherein he picked up 23 wickets and scored 632 runs. He played just two games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament but will be eager to latch onto his chances.

Yuzvendra Chahal

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Wrist-spinners have made a huge mark in international cricket off late, and Chahal’s rise too has been nothing less than astonishing. He has emerged as RCB’s numero uno bowler, and his effectiveness has been seen even on the flattest track in the country – at Chinnaswamy.

He didn’t have the best of series against Australia at home, but he would be eager to get back in form ahead of the World Cup. With Washington Sundar alongside him, Chahal will want to take on the spin responsibilities and pitch in with a good show.

Marcus Stoinis

Stoinis was the third highest run-getter in the recent Big Bash League, scoring 533 runs at an average of 53.30. He also scalped 14 wickets and hence it was no surprise that teams wanted him in their side after Kings XI Punjab had surprisingly let go of him. The Australian has tremendous potential and was singled out by Kohli as the most threatening player in the series against Australia at home recently.

Stoinis has marked himself as a dependable all-rounder and with RCB struggling to find a bankable all-rounder in all these editions batting down the order, one can hope that Stoinis can be an ideal fit. He can open or bat at number 3 too, according to RCB’s policy going forward into the league.