IPL 2020 Post-Match Discussion: Game 6 – RCB vs KXIP

In the game between RCB and KXIP, KL Rahul scored 132*, while RCB was all-out for 109. This pretty much sums up the entire game for us. But there were many performances and instances worth remembering in this one-sided game. Let’s have a look at them.

Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs. Match 6 scorecard.

Talking Points from the Match:

KL Rahul’s show all the way

Rahul played one of the best knocks in the history of IPL. Scoring 14 boundaries and 7 sixes, Rahul proved why he is counted among the best T20 batsmen of current times. He was dropped twice by Kohli in quick succession during the death-overs, and he made the most of it. He also scored 42 runs off the last 9 balls he faced. His wicket-keeping and captaincy too seemed flawless.

KL Rahul celebrates his century (Image Source: kxipofficial | Twitter)

You want me to sum up his knock in few words, I’ll let the Hitman do it.

Kohli, was that you?

If a person ever tells you that Kohli made a mistake on the field, you wouldn’t believe them. But Kohli dropped KL Rahul twice yesterday.

Butterfingers! (Image Source: Disney+ Hotstar)

Following that, he had a very forgettable outing with the bat scoring a solitary run off the 5 balls he faced.

The Contrasting Starts

They say that the way you start your innings matters a lot in cricket, and it did in this case. KXIP lost its first wicket at 57 runs by the end of the 6th over. Mayank Agarwal seemed to have started from where he left off in the previous game, while Rahul was at his best. This duo took on the pacers Steyn, Umesh and Saini with ease.

The Karnataka duo (Image Source: kxipofficial | Twitter)

On the contrary, RCB had a disastrous start. RCB was at 4-3 losing Padikkal, Philippe and Kohli to the ferocious pace of Cottrell and Shami leaving the team in tatters.

The Overseas Issues

RCB is clearly hit by the overseas conundrum this year. Out of its four overseas players, de Villiers has delivered while Finch has got decent starts in both the games but failed to capitalise on them. Philippe and Steyn have been less than ordinary.

Steyn in practice (Image Source: royalchallengersbangalore | Twitter)

The best way to address these issues would be replacing Steyn with Morris and replacing Philippe with Zampa with de Villiers donning the keeper’s gloves. But let’s see what RCB has in store.

The Poor-‘run’ Continues

KXIP’s Pooran has been chosen ahead of the mighty Chris Gayle, so it is obvious to have a lot of expectations on him. But his bad form with the bat continued as he scored only 17 runs in the 18 balls he faced.

Will he get more chances?

A 10/10 Bowling Attack

While KL Rahul has hit the headlines for the right reasons, you have to stand and give a huge round of applause to the KXIP bowling attack. The pace duo of Shami and Cottrell was perhaps more lethal than it was in its first game against DC. The start given by it dictated the game.

Salute the KXIP bowling line-up (Image Source: kxipofficial | Twitter)

And Kumble’s masterstroke of including two legspinners paid rich rewards too. Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin shared six wickets among them proving their worth.

And the 5th and 6th bowlers, Neesham and Maxwell did exactly what was expected of them. They didn’t give away many runs.

That’s the perfect bowling attack one can ever ask for.

Questions to answer:
  • Will Chris Gayle finally replace Nick Pooran for KXIP?
  • How will RCB sort its death-bowling issues?
  • Will Dale Steyn and Josh Philippe be replaced?

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