The first match of IPL 2019 saw Royal Challengers Bangalore achieve new lows when Chennai Super Kings clinched an easy victory. Today the 12th season of IPL began with the contest between the star-studded, Virat Kohli led RCB and the three times champion MS Dhoni-led CSK at the Cheapauk Stadium, Chennai.
Winning the toss, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the CSK captain chose to field first. Not a single batsman from Bangalore side could produce a decent fight apart from Parthiv Patel. While ten of the RCB batters were out for single digits, Parthiv emerged as the highest scorer from the side with 29 runs. Bangalore could set a target of mere 70. Harbhajan Singh ran through the top order of RCB and took the wickets of Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers in his first spell. Then Imran Tahir did the rest of the work by removing the lower order. He scalped the wickets of Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, and Yuzvendra Chahal. On a turning track, the visitors were sent back to the pavilion in 17.1 overs.
Winning the match initially seemed to be a matter of time for the defending champions. But CSK got a quick blow by losing Shane Watson for a duck in the 3rd over. However, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina added a 32-run partnership to overcome the initial trouble. Raina became the first batsmen to score 5000 runs in the league before being out for 19 runs. Rayudu scored 28 off 42 balls. Finally, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav finished the game by adding a small yet valuable partnership of 12 runs. Harbhajan Singh was the Man of The Match.
Record for RCB
RCB with this collapse added their name to record book. They were bowled out for the sixth-lowest total in Indian Premier League. Unfortunately, they appear thrice in the list of lowest totals in the IPL history. This is the second time when RCB were out under 100 in the opening match. Earlier this happened in the inaugural season when RCB could score only 82 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
IPL Lowest Totals
|RCB||49 runs||9.4 overs|
|RR||58 runs||15.1 overs|
|DD||66 runs||13.4 overs|
|DD||67 runs||17.1 overs|
|KKR||67 runs||15.2 overs|
|RCB||70 runs||17.1 overs|