[Cricket Match Preview] – 11th Match – Royal Challengers Bangalore V Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata’s vigorous attack lead by Sunil Narine will look to hand Bangalore their first lose of the season in Thursday night’s match in Sharjah. Parthiv Patel 94 runs has lead the Chris Gayle less RCB but with arguably the most potent lineup in the tournament, Bangalore is a constant threat to form a destructive and bowler tormenting partnership. After loading historical data in SAP HANA we can visualize last year’s two meetings between KKR and RCB to preview tonight’s match.

On April 11th in Bangalore the Royal Challengers were able to handedly chase down KKR’s target of 154 thanks in part to four substantial overs of 15 or more runs that resulted in 74 of RCB’s 158 runs. RCB’s bowlers were capable of limiting the KKR damage per over by never conceding more than 15 runs in an over and holding Kolkota to only six double digit overs. With SAP Lumira we can create a Manhattan chart of each team’s runs per over in the match.

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The Man of the Match honor was award to CSK’s Chris Gayle who after seeing the first ball of the innings was unbeaten in rout to scoring 85 runs on 50 balls for a strike-rate of 170. With SAP Lumira we can plot Chris Gayle’s runs scored ball by ball with an area chart. Note the 12 runs Gayle scored on a single ball due to a six on a no ball followed by another maximum on the resultant free hit.

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A major factor in Bangalore’s diligent overhaul of Kolkata’s total were the dozen sixes their batsmen struck in the 105 balls they faced. On the other hand the Knight Riders struggled to hit for power in the match, only mustering a pair of maximums during their 20 overs. After building a geographic hierarchy of each team’s region we can create a Geographic Choropleth chart of each team’s sixes.

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The Knight Riders redeemed their early season loss when the two sides clashed again late in the tournament in JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. The Knight Riders bowlers took nine wickets and greatly limited the destructive power of Chris Gayle by holding him to only 33 runs on 36 balls. The Knight Riders cut the number of sixes they conceded to RCB for the early match by a factor of six and held the Royal Challengers batsmen to only two overs in which they scored 10 or more runs. While looking a tad shaky at time during their 115 run chase, Kolkota mustered a big 17th over to propel them to a five wicket victory with four balls remaining. Check out the match’s Manhattan chart.

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Thanks to a sluggish surface the match in Ranchi was quite a low scoring affair as bowlers on both sides confused batsmen. All four of KKR’s bowlers who bowled four overs finished with economies of 5.50 or better. KKR’s Man of the Match, Jacques Kallis, lead all bowlers with a 4.25 economy and all batsmen with 41 runs. With SAP Lumira we can create a side by side comparison of each side’s bowlers’ efficiencies.

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Who will shine in tonight’s clash, the batsmen or the bowlers?

Keep your eyes peeled for more visualizations created in SAP Lumira using historical Indian Twenty20 data from SAP HANA. Please check back regularly during the tournament for more insights about the daily action. Also, watch out for a series of tutorial videos on how we load the data into SAP HANA.

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