With a scintillating victory over Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore have made a statement that they will be a dangerous team going ahead in the competition. Chasing a target of 150, RCB had a good start with Kohli and Padikkal making full use of powerplay restrictions. Despite losing the openers in quick succession, wicketkeeper Bharat and Maxwell ensured the team got over the line comfortably in the end. Earlier, RR scored a below par 149/9 on a good batting surface despite a flying start from their openers.
Royal Challengers have strengthened their position in the top 4 with two successive wins. They will now be eyeing a top two finish. With 7 wins in 11 matches, they comfortably sit at 3rd position in the points table and will be looking to qualify for playoffs for second successive year. Meanwhile, things are not looking good for the Royals as they have lost 7 games. One more loss could get them out of the playoffs race.
|Team||Matches||Wins||Losses||Net Run Rate||Points|
|Chennai Super Kings||10||8||2||+1.069||16|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||11||7||4||-0.200||14|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||11||5||6||+0.363||10|
Shikhar Dhawan holds the Orange Cap but Sanju Samson and KL Rahul are not far away. Samson is just two runs behind Dhawan in the list with 452 runs to his name. KL Rahul is third while CSK openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad are 4th and 5th respectively. Given that CSK have a match against SRH tonight, both these can go further up in the list. Also, Glenn Maxwell is making great strides and has moved up to 6th position with his good batting form.
|Player||Matches||Runs||Bat Avg.||Strike Rate||Highest Score|
|Faf du Plessis||10||394||49.25||141.21||95*|
Harshal Patel has further strengthened his top position with 3 wickets in the last game vs Rajasthan Royals. Avesh Khan and Jasprit Bumrah are 2nd and 3rd in the Purple cap list respectively. PBKS fast bowler Mohammed Shami has moved up the list while Morris’ poor form has pushed him down to 5th on the list. RR seamer Mustafizur Rahman has been in good form this season and has moved to 10th position.
|Player||Matches||Wickets||Bowl. Avg.||Econ. Rate||Best Figures|