It was billed as the clash of the titans. Two of the most successful IPL batsmen and aggressive captains, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli went head to head as Kolkata Knights Riders took on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens.
It was RCB who controlled the first half of the match after bowling out KKR for a sub-par total of 131. With a batting line-up comprising of big names like Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers, this was expected to be a cakewalk for the visitors.
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But RCB’s chase started off on the worst possible note as skipper Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck. Things turned worse when ABD was sent packing in the third over by speedster Umesh Yadav. Mandeep Singh and Kedar Jadhav soon followed their teammates back in the dugout. The last nail in the coffin came in the form of Chris Gayle’s wicket, RCB’s last bet with the bat.
No words. Incredible. Where were #RCB tonight?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 23, 2017
The writing was on the wall as the Challengers succumbed to a paltry 49, handing the hosts a huge victory of 82 runs. A game which was RCB’s to lose at the mid-way stage turned in a no-contest thanks to some splendid pace bowling from the KKR quartet. Even when the last wicket fell, RCB failed to understand what actually transpired in the middle. Kohli was obviously dejected, but normally grim-faced Gautam Gambhir was all smiles he walked up to the presentation ceremony.
A look at some the numbers from the dramatic game at the Eden Gardens.
1 – This is the first instance in IPL history when no batsmen from a team could reach double digit score.
4 – Number of instances in IPL when RCB have been bowled out below 100.
6 – Number of ducks for Virat Kohli in IPL, the joint highest with AB de Villiers for any RCB player.
3.3 – Colin de Grandhomme’s strike rate in this match, the fourth-best for any bowler playing for KKR.
9.4 – Least number of overs in which a team has been all out.
49 – Lowest score for which a team has been bowled out in the history of IPL.
82 – Second largest margin of victory for KKR in IPL. The highest margin of 140 runs too came against RCB in the very first of IPL on April 18, 2008.
180 – 9th lowest match aggregates across all the seasons of IPL, also the 3rd lowest in a match involving RCB.
And finally, one staggering coincidence-
23rd April 2013 | RCB: 263/5, the highest IPL total.
23rd April 2017 | RCB: 49 all out, the lowest IPL total.