IPL 2019: Match 42, RCB vs KXIP – Royal Challengers Bangalore Player Ratings
RCB scored 64 runs in their final three overs of the innings.
Published - Apr 25, 2019 12:10 am | Updated - Apr 25, 2019 12:10 am
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are managing to hang on to their hopes of making it to the playoffs by winning close encounters in the second half of the league stages. They beat the Kings XI Punjab at home once again in a last over finish to stay afloat in the competition. The tournament seems to be having contrasting fortunes for the two sides that locked horns in Bengaluru on the day.
While RCB managed to hang on to their hopes, the fortunes for KXIP seem to be dwindling down with every game they play. They need to get back to their winning ways and were in command of the chase in this game as well, but lost by 17 runs. Earlier in the game, KXIP won the toss and asked RCB to bat on a batting beauty. The hosts lost Virat Kohli early but found a good partnership between Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers.
A middle order slump saw three wickets fall down for just 10 runs being added. AB de Villiers then played a masterclass and Marcus Stoinis played the second fiddle to take RCB total to 202/4 in 20 overs. In the final three overs, they added 64 runs. In the run chase, KXIP got off to a flying start as well, with Chris Gayle and KL Rahul showing great intent.
But unlike the case with RCB, neither of the two could take it deep in the innings. The hosts thought they were in the game but were taken aback by a Nicholas Pooran onslaught. Pooran scored a 28-ball 46 to give a brief scare to Virat Kohli and co., but the ask was a little too much to accomplish. RCB won by 17 runs.
Here are the RCB Player Ratings for the match:
Parthiv Patel – 7/10
Parthiv Patel has been the most consistent batter for RCB this season. Patel has managed to get good starts for his team in almost every game. While the senior batters around him have been inconsistent, Patel has not let that affect him. And in this particular game, he looked at his finest form. He scored a brilliant 43 off just 24 balls with 7 fours and a couple of sixes to his name. He was unlucky to have been dismissed off a top edge at a time when he looked in sublime touch.
Virat Kohli – 2/10
Virat Kohli did not have a great day with the bat. He started off decently with a couple of fours to his name, but could not make it big. He perished after scoring 13 off 8 deliveries and walked back to the dugout in the four over itself. Kohli would definitely know that he missed out on a scoring opportunity on a batting belter in Bengaluru.
AB de Villiers – 9.5/10
The Chinnaswamy Stadium was lit up by AB de Villiers. The chants of ‘ABD, ABD’ were justified rightfully with the big man stepping up on the big stage. He clobbered an unbeaten 82 off just 44 deliveries with 3 fours and 7 towering sixes. This included some fancy sixes down the ground off the back foot, a one-handed six out of the stadium, and a lot more. He played sensibly to see the spinners out, and then attacked the pace bowlers. He was electrifying on the field as well.
Akshdeep Nath – 1/10
The RCB management have stuck to the services of young Akshdeep Nath despite the fact that he has not been able to deliver. As the commentators pointed out, the management must have definitely seen some spark in the young batter, and that is why they are backing him up big time. But Akshdeep let the management down yet again and could only score 3 with the bat.
Moeen Ali – 5/10
The story for the English cricketers seems to have a similar script. They have made an impact for their respective sides but in their final game of the season, before heading back for World Cup preparations, they have failed. It was Jonny Bairstow yesterday, and today, it was Moeen Ali. Ali came in to bat at number 5 but was cleaned up on 4. With the ball in hand, he covered up for sure. In the 3 overs that he bowled, he gave away just 22 runs and picked up the big wicket of KL Rahul.
Marcus Stoinis – 8/10
Marcus Stoinis played the ideal supporting role to AB de Villiers in the RCB innings. RCB lost three wickets for 10 runs in the space of 18 deliveries, and they were in a spot of bother. Stoinis joined hands with AB de Villiers to stitch an unbeaten 121 run stand for the fifth wicket.
He was slow to start off but managed to pick things up in the final over when he took on Hardus Viljoen. He finished with an unbeaten 46 off 34 deliveries. He bowled a couple of overs as well, giving away 13 runs and picking up the wicket of Mayank Agarwal. On the field, he dropped a sitter, which will be discussed for quite some time.
Washington Sundar – 2/10
There had been a lot of talks about why Washington Sundar was not featuring in the starting eleven for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sundar, who was once seen as a big name in the IPL last season, was missing in action this year. He finally got his game today and bowled an excellent first over to concede only 2 runs. But in his second over, he was belted for three maximums by Nicholas Pooran. He finished with 0/21 in his two overs.
Tim Southee – 4/10
Tim Southee was drafted in the playing eleven at the expense of Dale Steyn, who had picked up a shoulder niggle before the game commenced. Southee led the bowling attack for the side and did a fair job with the ball. He failed to pick up any wicket and was taken away for runs in his final over. He returned with 0/33 in the three overs that he bowled.
Navdeep Saini – 8/10
As has been noted by many, Navdeep Saini has been the most impressive Indian pacer in this season of the IPL. He delivered for his side yet again. In the four overs that he bowled, he picked up two big wickets, both in his final over. He bowled the all-important penultimate over and sealed the fate of the game by conceding just 3 runs. His eventual figures read 2/33 in four overs.
Umesh Yadav – 8/10
For the second time in a row, Umesh Yadav bowled the final over of the innings with over 25 runs to defend. Unlike the game against CSK, where he had his heart in his mouth, he bowled good lines in this game. He picked up two wickets in the final over of the game after being hit for a six on the first ball. Earlier in the game, he had provided the first breakthrough to his side by dismissing a dangerous looking Chris Gayle. He finished with 3/36 in his spell.
Yuzvendra Chahal – 2/10
Yuzvendra Chahal had one of the rare off days in the field with the ball. Usually, he has been the main player for RCB in the bowling department. In this game though, he bowled just two overs and looked largely ineffective. He conceded 27 runs and was not considered to bowl again.
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