Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
83(46) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 11 0 2 3 3 2
AM Rahane
60(46) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
3 0 4 1 2 0 2 9

Best performances - Bowlers

KW Richardson
O3.0
M0
R13
W3
Eco4.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NLTC Perera
O4.0
M0
R34
W3
Eco8.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
20 | 7 Runs 2 Wkts | RPS: 172/8

  • Ankit Sharma3 (3b)
  • I Sharma0 (0b)
  • KW Richardson3-0-13-3
  • SR Watson4-0-31-2

So going by Dhoni's assessment at the post-match presentation, it looks like Kevin Pietersen could be out for a while. Let's hope his injury isn't all that serious and he plays a part in the tournament. For the moment though, a big thank you to all of you for joining us on the coverage. There's a double header tomorrow. Do join us then. Cheers!

RCB are now placed third. Some catching up to do for Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab

Kohli: That was closer than we thought it would be at one stage, but good to cross the line. We were playing good cricket, it just needed composure at the right moments. But I'd like to win the toss next time! Watson showed his experience, and Kane to finish off things was quite good. It was good to see the guys not panic. We spoke about 175-180, but I wasn't happy with myself, the way I batted after 30-35 balls, but I figured out it was important to stay in with AB. He kept me going and told me to play the anchor role, so that he could play his shots. The surface didn't have that much bounce to hit shots at will. AB is the best batsmen in our generation. It's a pleasure to bat alongside him. The way he communicates, he's a selfless person. He doesn't care about his own plans, but help people around him. He's a better human being than a batsman. Shamsi came in a bowled really well. One guy got out of the plane and knocked us out of the T20 World Cup. So, I told him you get off the plane and knock them out. He bowled really well. Rajkot should help us better.

AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match for his 83 off 46 balls. "It wasn't easy to get going. I maybe got away with a couple of easy boundaries. Both my sweeps didn't come off the middle, but went for six. But generally, I'm pleased with my performance. Their batting line-up was all class. Dhoni and Rahane took it deep, and we knew Thisara would keep us on our toes. He was striking it well. Happy that we crossed the line though.

Dhoni: We lost three wickets for nothing. Faf got out, then KP got injured, and Steven Smith got run-out. It was a par-plus score. With three batsmen back in, I thought the target was difficult to achieve. But I'm happy with the way we came close. KP's injury can be a blessing in disguise. We're playing with six bowlers, yet our death bowling isn't great. Maybe we can look to bring in Albie Morkel or Mitch Marsh in the next game. With the kind of players we've got, it has always been difficult to drop someone. We need to strengthen our bowling line a bit. I feel overall with less pressure and a few more games, M Ashwin will get better. Not really fussed with these results. I personally feel, we have to improve in all three departments. We have to admit there are a few slow fielders in the team, but as long as they are safe fielders and take their catches, I can't ask for more.

Watson: I was a bit here and there tonight, but for Virat and AB to do their thing tonight was incredible. Some of the shots AB is playing at the moment is breathtaking. I'm happy to sit down and watch it at the moment. We knew if we bowl well, we can get home. It got a little bit tight in the end, especially when Thisara Perera was going. I was glad to get him out, otherwise the game could have been over. I wanted to bowl a wide yorker, that was the kind of delivery I wanted to get him to hit into the breeze. We haven't won a toss yet, so haven't had a choice but to defend. Our batting line-up is incredible, but as a bowling group, every game is a learning experience. I

11:40pm RCB is the only side to have successfully defended totals this season. First against Sunrisers, where they defended 228, and now against Rising Pune Supergiants. So, the chasing record this season will stand at 14 games out of 16. Kohli is pumped, but the RCB dug out is more animated than I've ever seen them. Shows how much this win means to them. For a brief while, they were given a scare, first by Rahane and Dhoni, and later by Thisara. Cricket isn't about the what-ifs, but can't help but think how different the result would have been had Rahane-Dhoni accelerated a little earlier.

19.6
1
Richardson to Ankit Sharma, 1 run, swings and misses, but they sneak in a bye

Abhinav Suresh: "did anyone notice thisara's wicket was looking like a noball?? an RCB fan here." Was out lbw, not given. The game is a leveller

19.5
2
Richardson to Ankit Sharma, 2 runs, mistimes the slog into the deep midwicket region, for a while it looked like the hat-trick was on, de Villiers sprints around the ropes and just manages to pull it back in
19.4
W
Richardson to Ashwin, OUT, how easy has AB de Villiers made that look? Ashwin slapped that over the infield, ABD was back-pedalling from mid-off, realised he was going nowhere, so he twirled and twisted around to set himself up and then leaped to catch the ball with his palms facing skywards. Both feet were off the ground when he took the catch. Stunning
19.3
W
Richardson to Bhatia, OUT, the slower bouncer has done the trick. Bhatia fetched the pull from outside off, didn't connect well as the ball didn't arrive, too early into the stroke as it lobbed to Watson at square leg. Plucky knock but had a little too much to do in the end
19.2
2
Richardson to Bhatia, 2 runs, once again it's too full, once again a drill, this time ABD at long-off runs around to his left to mop that up
19.1
2
Richardson to Bhatia, 2 runs, half-volley outside off, drilled over the infield, Harshal does well at sweeper cover to keep it to two

Kane Richardson to finish off

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
83(46) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 11 0 2 3 3 2
AM Rahane
60(46) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
3 0 4 1 2 0 2 9

Best performances - Bowlers

KW Richardson
O3.0
M0
R13
W3
Eco4.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NLTC Perera
O4.0
M0
R34
W3
Eco8.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

RCB buck the trend

2

Number of matches won by teams batting first out of 16 matches in this IPL. Both of them have been won by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Tabraiz's 2015-16

57

First-class wickets taken by Tabraiz Shamsi in 2015-16 in South Africa - the second highest by any bowler in the season.

Maximum utilization

28

Dots in Royal Challengers' inns - the 3rd least in an inns of 20 overs in the IPL. Super Kings had faced just 25 dots against Mumbai Indians in 2013 - the least.

what a pair!

3

No. of 150-plus stands between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. No other pair has more than two such stands in all T20s.

Yet another 50 stand

11

Fifty-plus stands between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Only Kohli-Gayle (15) and Hussey-Vijay (13) have more such stands.

Kohli v Ashwin

115

Runs Virat Kohli had scored off 83 balls off R Ashwin in the IPL before this match. He is the only batsman to have scored 100-plus runs off a bowler without getting dismissed.

Imporant toss?

14

Number of games out of 15 won by teams chasing in this IPL. Only team that won batting first are Royal Challengers who have been asked to bat first in this match.

Indian Premier League

TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
MI14104020.0000.784
RPS1495018.0000.174
SRH1485017.0000.588
KKR1486016.0000.646
KXIP1477014.000-0.013
DD1468012.000-0.508
GL1441008.000-0.400
RCB1431007.000-1.301