IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore sinks to second lowest opening game total

Royal Challengers Bangalore was bundled out for 70 by Chennai Super Kings, sinking to the the second lowest total in an opening fixture in the 12 seasons of the Indian Premier League.

RCB captain Virat Kohli managed to score only six runs against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.   -  AP PHOTO

Royal Challengers Bangalore's Indian Premier League campaign got off to a disastrous start as Virat Kohli's men posted the second lowest score in an opening fixture of an IPL season. The lowest score in an opening IPL game came in 2009 when Rajasthan Royals scored 58 against RCB in 2009.

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RCB was bundled out for 70 by Chennai Super Kings in Chennai's Chepauk Stadium on Saturday. This is also the sixth lowest score in IPL history, and the lowest total at Chepauk.

This is the sixth lowest IPL total and the lowest ever at Chepauk.

RCB 49 in 9.4 overs

RR 58 in 15.1 overs

DD 66 in 13.4 overs

DD 67 in 17.1 overs

KKR 67 in 15.2 overs

RCB 70 in 17.1 overs


Spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir wreaked havoc as they scalped three wickets each, while Ravindra Jadeja also picked up two.

The RCB batting line-up endured a disastrous outing, with opener Parthiv Patel top-scoring with 29 runs. Parthiv was the only batsman to reach double figures, while debutants Shimron Hetmyer and Shivam Dube scored 0 and 2 respectively. Skipper Virat Kohli, who was  52 runs short of 5,000 IPL runs, managed to get only six runs.