After dismissing Royal Challengers Bangalore for 92, Kolkata Knight Riders Humble reached the target with 10 overs to spare
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders win by 9 wickets
Chasing a paltry 93 for a win, Shubman Gill (48) and debutant Venkatesh Iyer (41 not out) stitched 82 runs for the opening wicket as KKR reached 94 for 1 in just 10 overs. Earlier, electing to bat, RCB were bundled out for 92 with Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy taking three wickets apiece for 9 and 13 runs respectively. The win helped KKR move to fifth place. RCB remain third.
Kolkata Kight Riders outplayed Royal Challengers Bangalore. Canter to a nine-wicket victory. KKR - 94/1 (10); RCB - 92 (19)
Shubman Gill (48 off 34) departs. Mohammed Siraj takes a simple catch. Wicket for Yuzvendra Chahal. KKR need 11 off 65. KKR - 82/1 (9.1); RCB - 92 (19)
KKR need another 31 runs from 78 balls. Shubman Gill (33 off 24) and Venkatesh Iyer (24 off 19). KKR - 62/0 (7); RCB - 92 (19)
Rousing start from Shubman Gill (10 off 9) and Venkatesh Iyer (16 off 15). KKR - 29/0 (4); RCB - 92 (19)
A new opening pair for KKR in Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. And Iyer hits Mohammed Siraj for back-to-back fours. KKR 10/0 (1); RCB - 92 (19)
Andre Russell (3/9) and Varun Chakravarthy (3/13) picked up three wickets each as Kolkata Knight Riders bundled out a much-fancied Royal Challengers Bangalore for just 92 in their IPL 2021 UAE-leg opener today. Heavyweights on paper, RCB never got going as skipper Virat Kohli, playing his 200th IPL match, fell in just the second over. Devdutt Padikkal, who has been in fine form lately scored a breezy 22 before edging behind to Dinesh Karthik off Lockie Ferguson. However, the turning point came in the ninth over when Russell picked up two wickets including the dangerous AB de Villiers for a duck. Thereafter, RCB kept on losing wickets as KKR bowlers pressed the button hard to tighten the grip on the opposition. Ferguson (2/24) and Prashidh Krishna (1/24) also took wickets.
It's all over for RCB in 19 overs as they are all out for 92. Russell (3/9) and Chakravarthy (3/13) did most of the damage.
Ferguson dismisses Patel for 12, bowled. Chahal (0*), Siraj (2*). RCB 83/9 after 16.4 overs.
Gone! This time it's big Jamieson who falls short of the crease for 4. RCB 76/8 in 15.4 overs.
Chakravarthy dismissed Baby for 7, caught by Rana. Jamieson (2*), Patel (0*) RCB 66/7 after 13.4 overs.
Chakravarthy gets Maxwell (10), Hasaranga (0) in same over RCB 63/6 after 12 overs.
At halfway stage, RCB are 54/4. Baby (1*) and Maxwell (7*) at the crease.
Russell picks Bharat (16) and De Villiers (0) in same over. RCB 52/4 after 9 overs.
Ferguson picks Padikkal for 22. Bharat (15*) and Maxwell (2). RCB 47/2 after 7 overs.
Paddikal is striking the ball well. Paddikal (10*) and Srikar Bharat (4*). RCB 20/1 after 3 overs.
Krishna traps Kohli in front for 5. Paddikal (4*). RCB 12/1 in 2 overs.
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Good start by KKR as Varun Chakravarthy keeps things tight in the first over. Virat Kohli (1*) and Devdutt Paddikal (3*). RCB 4/0 after 1 over.
The pitch has a little bit of grass and is likely to have a tennis ball bounce along with a little bit of movement. Pacers will get help. The average score for the team batting first is 165. As far as weather is concerned, it's hot, around 40 degrees.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (W), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
RCB won the toss and they have elected to bat first.
Eoin Morgan - Looks really good, it should stay pretty similar for the entire length of the game. Hoping that the performances will change in this phase of the tournament. It's been challenging, but we are happy to be back here.
Virat Kohli - 'We will bat first. Looks like a good pitch, the grass will hold it together, will slow down as the game progresses. This one's special, we promised back in May that we'll play for the Covid warriors, here it is - we''' auction this uniform and the proceed will go to them. Two debutants for us - KS Bharat and Wanindu Hasranga'
The UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is ‘special’ for Virat Kohli. Not because Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are sitting pretty in the third position on the points table but this will be Kohli’s last season as RCB captain. Monday will be a special day for the Indian captain. He will be playing his 200th IPL match and the only one to have played this many for a single franchise. It will be a fresh start for both RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi. The first half of IPL 2021 played in India saw RCB in great form. They won five matches out of the seven played. KKR did the exact opposite -- five defeats from seven games. KKR have a better head-to-head record against RCB. The two teams have contested in 28 matches with KKR winning 15 against RCB’s 13. RCB defeated KKR by 38 runs in their only outing this season. With a star-studded batting line-up including Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Devdutt Paddikal, AB de Villiers, RCB clearly have the upper hand against their opposition. Kolkata Knight Riders will be without their top all-rounder Pat Cummins. The Aussie is expecting the birth of his child. KKR will bank on West Indian Andre Russell, fresh from the Caribbean Premier League. And tonight's match could see some lusty hitting. Get live cricket scores of KKR vs RCB here.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Christian, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Azharuddeen, George Garton, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Akash Deep
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