Chris Gayle has scored 469 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders in nine innings, with four 80-plus scores. Gautam Gambhir will become the second player to captain 100 IPL matches, after MS Dhoni. The Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers have played each other 16 times in the IPL with the head to head locked at 8-8. AB de Villiers has taken the most catches among fielders this season - nine. In the 24 combined innings between Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers against KKR in IPL, they have put together 443 runs at 21.65 with a highest of 40 not out. At Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB lead 4-2 over KKR. In all the six games at Chinnaswamy between RCB & KKR, KKR batted first.
However, the bulk of the credit has to go to MI's bowlers who pulled things back after Smith cracked a breezy innings. The duo of Bumrah and McClenaghan befuddled the opposition with their box of tricks. Harbhajan clamped down on the scoring rate by bowling with discipline. For RPS, Tiwary crunched a fifty, but lost the plot in the slog overs. Rohit Sharma's unsullied and effortless game, ensured MI would overhaul RPS' target convincingly. Runs flowed smoothly from the fulcrum of MI's batting line-up. He cut, drove and pulled; unhurried and languid. Rohit also threaded gaps with surgical-like finesse to keep the scorecard ticking. The trio of Parthiv, Buttler and Rayudu played useful hands.
"And Dhoni has failed again. Being a good fan of Dhoni, I would like to see Dhoni as an opener or coming 1-down.. He should try something different.. Even his ODI best 183* came when he played one down.. He really does the damage in the Powerplay overs.. He should try opening the innings.. - A fan suggestion - a wish maybe.."
"I think it was a great effort although we didn't started the way we wanted to. We didn't field well. Dropping catches is never a good sign. Restricting them to 160 was a great effort, given the way they started. Spinners and fast bowlers did well in the middle, and Bumrah and McClenaghan finished it off well. I have not had a great time batting first, but when you are chasing, the target is in front and you can plan. Toss is not in our hands and whatever you end up doing, you have to do well. We are on the right track but there's room to improve our fielding. These things (the Harbhajan-Rayudu confrontation) happen. Both are quite aggressive on the field and they like to give it all. They have been playing together for a long time for MI and they must be having a good time now off the field. We saw them hug when Bhajji got Handscomb out. They are mature professional cricketers and they know how to handle themselves in the field. Going into the next game, we will try and keep everything in mind", says Rohit Sharma who's the Man of the Match (and is holding a cheque that's bigger than my bedroom's window).
2.2 over for T Perera to Rohit, SIX, he's just turned 29 and he's hit one for a 79-metre six. You don't bowl short to Rohit, do you? When you do that, he languidly pulls it over mid-wicket.
7.6 over for Ashwin to Rayudu, SIX, oh my giddy aunt! That's huge. Ashwin flighted this a little, Rayudu shimmied down the pitch and manhandled it over cow corner.
8.3 over for R Bhatia to Rohit, SIX, Happy Maharashtra Day! If Rayudu can, Rohit can too. That was gargantuan. 104 metres. I'm not lying! A feeble length ball, Sharma winds up on the back foot and mows it over long-on. Wow
Captain Dhoni says: "I think we didn't bat well after the 10th over, and that includes me. At times, we thought too much about losing wickets. From next game, we have to give responsibilty to a few guys to bat through the innings and others can play around them. We need to go out and express ourselves. We might get out for 140 odd but we will also give ourselves a chance. Bowling has improved. But for giving runs on both the sides, we had done well today. But nothing counts if we are not winning. We have to change a few theories. We don't have much to lose. Go out there and take things as they come."
18.3 over Murugan Ashwin to Rohit, SIX, makes sense that someone from Maharashtra wins this on Maharashtra Day. But a boring win - another target mediocred, another Rohit Sharma half-century and another loss at home ground for Pune... who last won a home match when United States had paid maternity leaves. That is never. Anyway, coming to the winning shot now. Rohit wound up on the back foot, cleared his front leg and slogged this over mid-wicket to rubber the winning spree. Mumbai Indians won by 8 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)