IPL 2019: Match 35, KKR vs RCB – Royal Challengers Bangalore Player Ratings
RCB registered their second win of the season.
Published - Apr 20, 2019 4:54 am | Updated - Apr 20, 2019 4:54 am
The Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up their second win of the 2019 edition of the IPL. Albeit they were down and out when they arrived in to the playing field, they certainly had their pride to play for. For every other team, they stand as the potential party poopers in the race to the playoffs. The Kolkata Knight Riders, perhaps, became their first victim as they lost to RCB by 10 runs in a close contest.
In the game, KKR won the toss and opted to bowl first. Sans AB de Villiers, a lot dependent on Virat Kohli. And the senior player stood up big time to notch up his fifth IPL ton. He was very well supported by Moeen Ali who played a handy cameo of 66 runs. Owing to the big hitting of Kohli and Ali, RCB finished with 213/4 in their stipulated 20 overs.
In the run chase, KKR always had the catching up game to play as the wicket fell at regular intervals. The top order crumbled as Nitish Rana tried to hold the fort at one end. Rana scored an unbeaten 85 and Andre Russell hammered a 25-ball 65 to give a brief scare to RCB as their bowling seemed to faltered in the end overs. But the ask was a little too much, and KKR fell short by 10 runs in the end.
Here are the RCB Player Ratings for the match:
Parthiv Patel – 2/10
Parthiv Patel did not have the best of times at the crease in this particular game. He tried to make use of the fielding restrictions in the power play but largely failed to do so. He could only manage to score a run a ball 11 before becoming the first RCB wicket to fall down in the match.
Virat Kolli – 9/10
Virat Kohli was the star performer of the match for RCB in this match. He notched up his fifth IPL ton, and his first in last three seasons. He perfectly played the role of the anchor to score a brilliant 100 off 58 balls that ended on the last ball of the innings. His stellar knock was embellished with 9 fours and 4 sixes. When the team needed him the most, he certainly stood up and showed great spirit!
Akshdeep Nath – 2/10
With no AB de Villiers in the lineup, Akshdeep Nath had the perfect opportunity ti show his strut in the game. But the young batter failed to grab his opportunity. He was promoted to bat at number 3 and he could only score 13 off the 15 balls that he faced. He looked very uncomfortable during his stay at the crease.
Moeen Ali – 9/10
While Virat Kohli played the role of the anchor in this particular game, it was Moeen Ali who was the show stopper with the willow in hand. He hammered a quick 66 off just 28 balls with five fours and six maximums to his name to help RCB finish on a high. He could not replicate the heroics with the ball though and conceded 13 runs off the solitary over that he bowled.
Marcus Stoinis – 7/10
Marcus Stoinis had a good match with both bat and the ball. Stoinis arrived at the crease to bat in the final overs of the game and provided a solid finish to his side. He scored an unbeaten 17 off 8 balls with a six and two fours in the match. With the ball in hand, he wrapped up with figures of 1/32 in the four overs that he bowled, and took the big wicket of Robin Uthappa.
Heinrich Klassen – Not Assigned
Heinrich Klaasen played his first match for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in this match. He did not get an opportunity to show his skills with the bat.
Pawan Negi – Not Assigned
With the track showing very little assistance for the spin bowlers, it was not surprising to see Virat Kohli not turning to Pawan Negi to bowl a few overs. He did not get a chance to bat either.
Dale Steyn – 7/10
Dale Steyn made his comeback in the IPL and also played his maiden game for the RCB in this particular game. In the very first over that he bowled, he managed to dismiss Chris Lynn. He soon accounted for the wicket of Shubman Gill too. In the end overs, he was targeted by Andre Russell, that eventually spoilt his overall figures that read 2/40 in four overs.
Mohammed Siraj – 2/10
Ever since the 2019 edition of the IPL has gone underway, Mohammed Siraj has been under the pump for having failed to contain the run flow. Yet again, the Hyderabad-born pacer failed to stop the opposition for getting runs. He could not pick up any wicket and finished with 0/38 in his quota of four overs.
Navdeep Saini – 5/10
Young Indian pacer Navdeep Saini has proven to be one of the positive points in the sinking ship of RCB this season. Saini continued his good run of form in this match too. He dismissed Sunil Narine early in the innings to jolt the opposition. In the four overs that he bowled, he returned with figures of 1/31.
Yuzvendra Chahal – 1/10
Yuzvendra Chahal has been the most consistent bowler for the Royal Challenger Bangalore in this edition of the IPL. But the leggie had a forgetful outing with the ball in this particular match. Chahal was taken away for 45 runs in the 3 overs that he bowled. It was one of the rare occasions when he did not complete his quota of four overs.