Match no: 6
Venue : Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Teams : Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) Vs Kings XI Punjab(KXIP)
Toss : Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and Elected to Bowl first
Team Updates: RCB(Royal Challengers Bangalore) played with unchanged XI from their previous match . For KXIP, Captain came up with two changes Jimmy Neesham got a cap for Punjab replacing Chris Jordan & leg spinner Murugan Ashwin came into their playingXI replacing Krishnappa Gowtham.
Here is our Review and Analysis for the match between RCB & KXIP. Kings XI started their IPL campaign with a heartbreaking Super Over loss at their first match against Delhi Capitals.And Royal Challengers came with a victory on their First Match against SRH.
In First Innings,KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal came up with a perfect start for KXIP, scoring 50 runs partnership without a wicket loss in the powerplay overs.Yuzvendra Chahal broke the partnership of Rahul & Mayank with his googly. But ,KXIP Captain took the responsibility and reduced the pressure for other batsmens. Also, he registered the record of Fastest Indian Batsman to score 2000 Runs in IPL Career within 60 Innings and broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar who previously had 63 Innings . KL Rahul was unstoppable , though the wickets were falling on the other end , he scored around 132 Runs in 69 Deliveries which covers almost 70 percent of the Team Total Score. Virat Kohli dropped two crucial catches from Rahul which in turn resulted in Kings XI to score 200 plus runs on their scorecard .For RCB , Chahal was the only Economical bowler with 25 runs and a wicket other than that no one was impressed with their bowling performance . KL Rahul Outplayed RCB bowling attack with his classic sixers and Fours in Dubai and set the Target of 207 which involves 74 Runs between 16 -20 Overs which was huge setback for Royal Challengers Bangalore due to their poor death Bowling Performance.
On Chasing these kinds of huge total in the ground like Dubai, RCB must have a proper start but Padikkal went for an early wicket, the young lad who was impressive in his debut match failed to prove him in these kinds of big chases. Jos Phillippe , Virat Kohli did not stay in the crease and went for back to back wickets against the deadly spell of Sheldon Cotrell. No Batsmen in RCB bat well up to their capacity . Kings XI completely outplayed them in both the Innings .RCB lost the game in early stages of their innings by losing Virat & AB De wickets, since there is no strong lower middle order for them. KXIP won RCB by 97 Runs.It was an easy win for KXIP and sealed the top spot in Dream11 IPL2020 points table.
KL Rahul was the one man show for this match , he was everywhere and we cannot think of other Player, he proved himself as a Batsman & a good captain by choosing Murgan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi in the Playing XI instead of all rounder Krishnapa Gowtham which worked well for his Team.
Man of the Match Award:
KL Rahul was awarded man of the match award for his 132(69) which includes 14 Fours & 7 Sixes.
Players to Watch out :
Ravi Bishnoi, one of the great find of Punjab an youngster spinning the ball with confidence clearly show the mentorship of Leg Spin Legend Anil Kumble and captains trust on him, the way he was bowling googly and leg spins was highly impressive, with his wicket taking ability and he has a great chance to play in Next year T20 World Cup for India , if he performed with these kind of spells in IPL 2020.