• V Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore in this game instead of DL Vettori. He became the 23rd captain to lead a team in IPL. He became the fifth captain to lead Royal
    Challengers Bangalore. Others are – R Dravid, A Kumble, DL Vettori and KP Pietersen in IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore became the first team in IPL to have five captains.

    R Dravid was dismissed caught and bowled for 37 in this game providing the 23rd occasion of a batsman dismissed in such a manner in IPL 2011.

    AM Rahane's run out in this game provide the 60th occasion of a batsman dismissed run out in IPL 2011.

    J Botha returned with figures of none for 42 in this game providing the 38th occasion of a bowler conceding 40 plus runs in IPL 2011. His figures also represent the 15th
    occasion of a bowler conceding 40 plus runs without capturing a wicket in IPL 2011.

    CH Gayle with his four sixes in this game took his aggregate of sixes to 30 in IPL 2011. He became the second batsman in IPL to score 30 plus sixes in a single

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  • Let's face facts. Twenty20 is here to stay and play a major role in the development of the game and its finances. It's not a passing fad. It is here to entertain and to evolve and is very much a part of the times in which we live in. For today's generation the entertainment has to be faster, shorter and crisper as we have seen other sports too like billiards and tennis. So it is with cricket which has evolved from Test cricket to the one day game and now T-20.

    Fortunately there is space for all three formats to survive and I do not share the pessimism of the cynics who are quick to write the obituary of Test cricket. That's what they did at the height of the popularity of ODIs and Test cricket warded off the challenge successfully and emerged stronger. On the face of it cricket's traditional format might be low on entertainment value though the purists would not agree. However it is high in matters of strategy and tactics and cricketing skills and players rightly admit that it gives

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  • Kings XI's victory margin of 76 runs in this game provides the 19th occasion of a team winning an IPL game by 50 plus runs margin. It also provides the fourth such occasion in IPL 2011. Other three occasions arec – Bangalore's win by 85 runs against Mohali at Bangalore on 06.05.11, Chennai's win by 63 runs against Jaipur at Jaipur on 09.05.11 and Hyderabad's win by 55 runs against Kochi at Kochi on 27.04.11.

    Mumbai was all out of 87 in this game providing the 12th occasion of a team dismissed for a total less than 100 in IPL. It also represents Mumbai's lowest total in IPL. The
    previous lowest was 116 against Delhi at East London on 08.05.09. It also represents the first occasion of Mumbai dismissed for a total less than 100 in IPL.

    AC Blizzard took three catches in this game to provide the 18th occasion of a fieldsman taking three or more catches in IPL. AC Blizzard became the fourth Mumbai fieldsman to
    take three or more catches in an innings. The other three are – SR Tendulkar {04}

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