Why Royal Challengers' fielders are their sixth bowler

T20 matches are often decided by the smallest of margins. Every run scored or saved is more likely to make a difference in the shortest format than in others, and umpiring decisions are often game-changing. Fielding has often flown under the radar in cricket's older formats. In T20s, where margins are narrow, fielding is more frequently in the spotlight as a decisive factor than it ever has been. With data sourced from Cricket21, we look at how the teams have fared on the field and with their reviews in IPL 2018.

RCB's silver lining in the field
Royal Challengers Bangalore may be having issues with their death-overs bowling, but their fielders have done superbly to try and offset that. They have saved a net total of 36 runs in the field.* Kings XI Punjab, who had identified fielding as a weakness, have conceded a net total of 31 runs.

Mumbai's safe hands, Royals' butter fingers
Rajasthan Royals dropped three catches against Mumbai Indians on Sunday, and took six. This was below their normal catching rate this season - 74% - which is the lowest for any team.

DRS calls in review
Kolkata Knight Riders have the worst ratio of unsuccessful reviews this season, with 62.5% of their reviews being unsuccessful. Sunrisers Hyderabad are the most successful by the same metric, with a 50% success rate over a relatively large number of reviews.

*All stats as of May 13