Heading into the clash of the Royals, both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals were even with 10 wins each. However, it was the momentum off late that decided the winner. Rajasthan were down with a demoralizing loss against Chennai Super Kings and were up against a rampaging Bangalore. Put into bat, Rajasthan stumbled at the start and somehow recovered to post 177 on board. But, the Bangalore openers were too hot to handle for Rajasthan. They cruised to a 10-wicket victory and made it four in four.
Third highest total without a 50+ at Wankhede
In recent times, losing early wickets at the front has become a common problem for the Rajasthan based franchise. For the last 19 innings, they have lost at least one wicket inside the powerplay. In tonight’s game they lost three wickets in the Powerplay and scored only 32 runs. Thanks to their middle and lower middle order batsmen, they were able to post 177. None of their batsmen could register a 50+ score, highest being Shivam Dube (46). At Wankhede in IPL, this is the third highest total without a 50+ score in an innings.
Virat Kohli – the first to 6000 runs
The hunger for scoring runs is what makes this player a legendary batsman. Heading into this match, Virat Kohli had starts but couldn’t convert. In tonight’s game seeing his young opening partner tee off, Kohli registered his 50th score of over 50 as a captain in T20s. When he reached 54, he became the first ever batsman to score 6000 runs in IPL. He was the first player to 4000 runs in IPL and now he is the first player to 6000 runs.
A century at a young age
Down with COVID, Devdutt Padikkal was side-lined for the first match. The highest run scorer for Bangalore last season, made his comeback in the second match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In two innings prior to tonight, Padikkal was a bit off colour scoring 11 against Sunrisers and 25 against Kolkata. But, on a quicker pitch, Padikkal made full toe and smashed a ton in 51 balls, the quickest by an uncapped player in IPL. In addition, Padikkal became the third youngest player – 20 years and 289 days – in IPL to register a ton.
Highest opening partnership for RCB
Bangalore were off to their best start in IPL when they won their third match. In tonight’s game, their openers were off to a flyer. Chasing 178, Kohli and Padikkal stitched in an 181-run unbeaten stand, their highest ever opening partnership in IPL. Previously, the 167 runs stand between Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan in the most famous match of IPL against Pune Warriors in 2013 was the highest.
An unbroken chase
Chasing a target of 178 in 16.3 overs is still fine, but chasing it with all 10 wickets in hand is a statement. The Kohli led Bangalore team made a statement that they are one of the teams to beat this season in their win against Rajasthan. An unbeaten century from Padikkal and 72 from the skipper saw them chase a target of 178 with all 10 wickets in hand. The target of 178 chased was the third highest target chased in IPL with all 10 wickets in hand for a team. To add more, this was the fourth instance of Bangalore chasing a target with all 10 wickets in hand. No other team in IPL has achieved this as many times as they have.
Most centuries for a team in IPL
The Bangalore based franchise is known for producing power players. The likes of Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are few examples. The first Indian to score a century in IPL, Manish Pandey, also was in Bangalore colours when he achieved it. Later on, Gayle with five tons took over the century count for Bangalore. Then Kohli, in a single edition notched up four centuries and added one in 2019. AB de Villiers as well has added two to the cause. Tonight, Padikkal registered the 14th century for the Bangalore team. The 14 centuries are the most for a team in the IPL.