IPL 2019: Match 35, KKR vs. RCB Player’s Report Card
WOW! That’s the only adjective that comes to mind when I think of the match I just witnessed. It had everything you would expect from a high scoring match – a century, couple of half centuries, a few cameos, lots of sixes and a nail biting finish. In the end, a match filled with lots of drama and intense moments came to an end in exciting fashion with RCB walking away with the victory.
Anyway, we have analyzed the players’ performance in this match and assigned a rating to each player. The players’ report card along with their rating is given below.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
You could tell by the way RCB played that they were determined to win this match. Despite getting off to a slow start at the beginning, they made up for it by scoring 91 runs in the final five overs of the match. Virat’s Kohli's century and Moeen Ali’s half century helped RCB reach a total of 213/4.
Surprisingly, RCB managed to hold their nerve till the very end of the match to win by just 10 runs.
The players’ report cards are given below:
Parthiv Patel (Runs: 11 St.Rate: 100)
Parthiv Patel struggled to get going at the start of the innings like he usually does. This slowed up RCB’s run-rate in the powerplay. He could've tried to play till the end of the powerplay but threw his wicket away.
Virat Kohli (Runs: 100 St.Rate: 172.41)
What can you really say about Virat Kohli that hasn’t been said before? When he is the mood for runs, no bowler can stop him. Although He was a bit slow at the start, he made up for it in the end and ensured his team got to 200. It was an absolute batting master class!
Akshdeep Nath (Runs: 13 St.Rate: 86.87)
Akshdeep Nath squandered the amazing opportunity to score some massive runs for his franchise. Virat & co. backed him to play a big role on this beautiful batting surface, but Akshdeep struggled to get going and eventually got out for just 13 runs.
Moeen Ali (Runs: 66 St.Rate: 235.71 Wickets: 0 Eco.Rate: 13)
Moeen Ali was one of the biggest reasons behind RCB’s huge total against KKR. He was the one who got the ball rolling and started hitting those massive sixes. In total, Ali hit 5 fours and 6 sixes. Ali even hammered 26 runs off Kuldeep Yadav’s over which turned the game in RCB’s favour.
His performances didn’t just stop after his dismissal. He bowled one over for RCB and helped them (RCB) seal the win.
Marcus Stoinis (Runs: 17 St.Rate: 212:50 Wickets: 1 Eco.Rate: 8)
Marcus Stoinis came in to bat a bit late in the innings, but made best use of the situation, scoring 17 runs from just 8 deliveries. With the ball, he was quite useful and picked up the wicket of Robin Uthappa. Surprisingly, Stoinis was one of the most economical bowlers for RCB.
Dale Steyn (Wickets: 2 Eco.Rate: 10)
Dale Steyn bowled really well in the powerplay and he got the ball to shape away from the batsmen. He struck early with the wickets of Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill. However, his final over was quite expensive. He kept bowling in the slot and was hammered for 18 runs in his final over.
Navdeep Saini (Wicket: 1 Eco.Rate: 7.75)
Navdeep Saini was the most economic bowler of his team. He kept bowling in good areas and didn’t give the batsmen too much width to free their arms. Even while bowling to Russell, he held his nerve and bowled in good areas. Saini definitely looks to be a good prospect for India in the future.
Mohammed Siraj (Wickets: 0 Eco.Rate: 9.5)
Mohammed Siraj bowled quite well early on, but his struggle for wickets continued. He was quite expensive in the death overs and kept bowling in Russell’s arc allowing the West Indian to put him away with ease.
Yuzvendra Chahal (Wickets: 0 Eco.Rate: 15)
This just wasn’t Yuzvendra Chahal’s night. Nothing went right for the leggie. He kept bowling wide of the stump and the batsmen had no problem in hitting him for sixes. He gave away a couple of extras as well which could’ve been avoided.