Its RCB vs KKR. Both the teams have enjoyed lately, both the teams will come into today’s match looking to cement their position in the top 4. RCB won the toss and elected to bat first. RCB made two changes with All-Rounder Chris Morris coming into the side along with Siraj. KKR made only one change to their side with Banton making his debut in IPL in place of Sunil Narine.
RCB start slow and steady
One of the strengths of the RCB this season is the start provided by their openers. While Finch hasn’t been in the best of the form, Rookie Paddikal has been stealing the show with his performance.
RCB had a decent start to their innings today as well, with 47 runs and loss of no wickets in the Powerplay. However, the main talking point of the match in the first half of the innings was the poor fielding performance by the RCB. Andre Russel who is usually used in the death over was brought in the powerplay for a change. The change nearly worked, however, Nagarkoti dropped Finch for 19 on the last ball of Russels over. In the very next over, a misfield by Gill saw RCB gain another four runs.
The first breakthrough of the innings came in the eight over when Russell dismissed Padikkal for 32 runs.
After the fall of Padikkal, the bowling duo of mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Kamlesh Nagarkoti managed to keep the RCB quite. Varun had the figures of 4-0-25-0 and only conceded just a solitary boundary in the process. Nagarkoti keeps things tight at the other end, conceding 18 in his first three overs.
Prasidh Krishna who came into the attack managed to get the wicket of Aaron Finch in the 13th over. RCB were at 111 for 2 after the end of 15 overs.
De Villiers blazes away
After a slow start to the innings, making just 11 of 12 balls, de Villiers races away 43 off his next 12. KKR’s plan to bowl slow balls to become predictable and De Villiers lined them up. On the other hand, Cummins and Russell both missed yorker, and both were dispatched to the boundaries.
RCB managed to gather Eighty-three off the last five overs. It was that kind of day. De Villiers was unstoppable, claiming 73 off 33 balls. Both De Villers and Kohli managed to put 100 runs stand in just 46 balls.
Spinners strike for RCB
KKR had a similar start RCB, with scoring 43 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in the powerplay. Shubman Gill made an aggressive start to the second innings with 26 runs in the first six overs. On the other hand, his fellow opener did have a great start, with just 8 runs from 12 balls Banton was dismissed by Saini.
Captain Kohli introduced his spin duo of Sundar and Chahal to build some pressure on the KKR. Washington Sundar was introduced into the attack in the final over of the powerplay and quietly gives up four runs. In his next over, he fires in a dart, Rana, the left-hander, sweeps and misses and loses his wicket in the process.
With the run rate climbing to 14 Gill runs himself out for 34 off 25 balls. Morgan labors to 8 off 12 balls before Sundar traps him with extra bounce. Karthik was bowled by Chahal for 1 as the spinners run rings around the KKR line-up. KKR were 69 for 5 after the end of the 12th over.
With KKR in deep trouble, Hitman Russell was the last hope for them. Russell tried to lift some pressure on his team by hitting 4,6,4 against Udana. But Udana gets the last laugh as Russell loses his wicket for just 16 from 10. With Russell out and KKR 87 for 6 in 14 overs, chasing 195. The match was nearly over at this stage.
With not much batting left for the KKR, RCB pacers feasted upon the KKR tailenders. KKR managed to score just 112 for a loss of 9 wickets. Handing RCB a huge victory by 82 runs. Victory by such a huge margin will definitely help RCB in the net run-rate department.
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