An outstanding spell with neat looking figures of 3-2-2-3 by Mohammed Siraj in his opening spell reduced Kolkata Knight Riders to 10/4, and the KKR vs RCB match went as expected from there. Those two runs came in just the third over he bowled, while his first two overs made him the first ever bowler with multiple maiden overs in IPL.
Siraj is playing for the first time in six days, after being dropped against RR due to figures of 0/44 in his previous match. In his last three encounters against KKR, Siraj conceded 98 runs in just 9.2 overs picking only one wicket. One of those matches made him a meme material as he not just went wicketless at an economy rate of 15, but also dropped two catches.
On the back of such pressure, he returned and bowled the spell of his life breaking many records while restricting KKR to 84/8. Royal Challengers took all their time with nearly equal contributions from their top-4, in chasing the low target with ease. Here are a few numbers from this (mis)match.
2.00 – Economy rate of Mohammed Siraj, which is the second lowest by any Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler in their four-over quota in IPL history, after Yuzvendra Chahal. It is the joint second lowest against KKR after Fidel Edwards (1.75), tied with Dwayne Smith.
Best economy rate by an RCB bowler in IPL (in 4 overs):-
1.50 – Yuzvendra Chahal v CSK in 2019
2.00 – Mohammed Siraj v KKR in 2020
2.25 – Samuel Badree v MI in 2017
3.00 – Anil Kumble v CSK in 2009
3.00 – Yuzvendra Chahal v KKR in 2020
3.00 – Washington Sundar v MI in 2020
3.25 – Siraj enters the above list with all other bowlers being spinners. Until Siraj’s brilliant spell, the best economy rate by an RCB pacer was 3.25 by RP Singh against RR in 2013.
2.00 – Siraj’s economy rate is the joint best for pacers in IPL, among all the bowlers who took at least three wickets. Only Anil Kumble, also achieving for RCB, has better numbers.
Best economy in an IPL innings (min: 3 wickets):-
1.58 – Anil Kumble v RR in 2009 (5 wkts)
2.00 – Mohammed Siraj v KKR in 2020 (3 wkts)
2.00 – Dale Steyn v RCB in 2012 (4 wkts)
2.00 – Dwayne Smith v KKR in 2016 (3 wkts)
4 – Total maiden overs bowled by RCB bowlers in the match, as Mohammed Siraj becomes the first to bowl two in a match. No other IPL innings had more than two maiden overs being bowled. There were 18 innings in IPL earlier with two maiden overs.
30 – Eoin Morgan’s score today, which is the top-score by a player in both the innings of the match. This is the joint fourth lowest top-score in any non-reduced IPL match. Here’s the list of the “lowest” top-scores in IPL matches.
22 – Shikhar Dhawan for SRH v DC, 2013
24 – Shane Watson for RR v RCB, 2016
29 – Parthiv Patel for RCB v CSK, 2019
30 – Eoin Morgan for KKR v RCB, 2020
30 – Thisara Perera for SRH v PWI, 2013
30 – Kedar Jadhav for DC v SRH, 2013
2017 – The last time before RCB’s chase when there wasn’t any six hit during the second innings of an IPL match. It was by SRH in 2016, while successfully chasing 155 against GL.
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500 – Yet a milestone regarding boundaries was achieved. Virat Kohli became the second player after Shikhar Dhawan to hit 500 fours in IPL career.
39 – Number of balls remaining at the end of the innings, making it RCB’s fifth biggest win in IPL and their biggest against KKR.
Biggest wins by RCB (by balls remaining):-
71 – vs KXIP at Indore, 2018
57 – vs DC at Delhi, 2015
56 – vs RR at Bangalore, 2010
41 – vs KTK at Bangalore, 2011
39 – vs KKR at Abu Dhabi, 2020