IPL 2020: Mohammad Siraj rocks as records galore after RCB decimate KKR
This was Kolkata Knight Riders' fifth defeat of the season in 10 matches, besides winning the remaining five, as they stay on the fourth spot. Meanwhile. Royal Challengers Bangalore register their seventh win of the season in the same number of matches as KKR, as they rise to the second.
In what turned out to be low-scoring one-sided domination, former champions Kolkata Knight Riders succumbed to an eight-wicket defeat. In Match 39 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) outplayed KKR at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The win took RCB to the second spot, as we take a look at the records broken.
KKR lose three in fewest: KKR were 3/3 by the third over itself. As a result, they have now lost the fifth most opening three wickets at the lowest score, while the record for the same is held by Deccan Chargers (1/3).
A first for Mohammad Siraj: Mohammad Siraj finished with phenomenal figures of 3/8. He also bowled a couple of maidens during the KKR innings, as he became the first bowler in the tournament's history to do so.
Lowest powerplay total: Consequently, KKR came under immense pressure, as they could only score 17/4 in the powerplay. This was the lowest total during the phase this season, going past the previous lowest of 23/2 by Delhi Capitals (DC). This was also KKR's lowest in the phase, in IPL history.
KKR score lowest after 10 overs: KKR could only manage 36/5 by the half-way mark (10 overs). In the process, they scored the third-lowest total after the same in the tournament's history. They also hold the record for the same (31/3 against Deccan Chargers in 2009).
KKR slowest to 50: KKR kept posting new lows, as they could score 50 only after 15 overs, which is the slowest by any team in the IPL to date. The previous slowest happened to be Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), in 13.1 overs.
KKR score lowest after 20 overs: RCB's deadly bowling could only allow KKR to post 84/8 in 20 overs, which was the lowest in the competition's history after the 20 overs. The previous lowest was 92/8 by KXIP.
Siraj creates a cheapest spell: Siraj also became the fourth bowler to register the cheapest three-plus wicket spell in the IPL. The record for the same is held by Anil Kumble (5/5).
RCB produce a unique one: RCB bowlers were spot on, as they bowled four maidens during the innings. It was also the first time that a team had bowled so in the tournament's history, with the previous record being two.
Kohli joins 500-club: Kohli played a knock of an unbeaten 18, which included a couple of fours. As a result, he has now become the second batsman to hit 500 fours in the competition, after Shikhar Dhawan.
Match summary: Winning the toss, KKR skipper Eoin Morgan elected to bat. However, they were off to a horror start, as they lost four wickets in the powerplay. It was Morgan, who played a brave knock of 30, while Siraj's 3/8 restricted them to 84/8 in 20 overs. In reply, RCB had the psychological advantage, as despite losing two wickets, they chased it down with ease, in 14 overs.