Kolkata Knight Riders humble Royal Challengers Bangalore in Virat Kohli’s 200th match

An official Kolkata Knight Riders dominated Royal Challengers Bangalore from start to finish to register a nine-wicket win in their Indian Premier League match here on Monday. Showing serious intent after a mediocre outing in the first leg of the league earlier this year, Knight Riders’ bowlers bundled out Royal Challengers Bangalore for 92 runs.

Then, the opening pair of Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer played some breathtaking shots and made light work of the target of 93 runs, with 10 overs remaining to complete the formalities. The supremely-talented Gill was dismissed for 48 off 34 balls, while Iyer, who could have been a successful management professional after pursuing an MBA in finance and leaving a placement as a tax consultant, looked good, scoring 41 off 27 balls. . When the winning run was hit. This result will not only boost their morale but will also improve KKR’s net run rate.

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Opening the bowling, architect-turned-mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty (3/13) took a star turn with three wickets in a brilliant four-over spell. Star all-rounder Andre Russell (3/9 in three overs) also picked up three wickets, including a golden duck from AB de Villiers, while two for Lockie Ferguson. Devdutt Padikkal was skipper Virat Kohli’s highest scorer for RCB in his 200th match with 22 runs in a memorable outing.

Bowling the second over of the day, right-arm medium-pacer Pramukh Krishna dealt a major blow to RCB when he trapped Virat Kohli in front of the wicket with his fourth ball, which hit him over a knee roll. After completing a match double century for RCB, Kohli went for a review but the ball-tracking technique confirmed that it was going to the stumps. This happened soon after Kohli dispatched Krishna to the front of the square on the off side for a lovely boundary. New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson replaced Chakraborty and the talented Devdutt Padikkal hit the pacer over the head to push things forward for RCB.

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Krishna bowled back-to-back no balls (a front foot and a beamer) in the next over and when debutant Sreekar Bharata failed to break the chain, Padikkal took advantage of an extra delivery with a boundary. KKR captain Eoin Morgan made another bowling change bringing in Sunil Narine and when the Trinidadian spinner was not successful in his first over, Ferguson succeeded in his second over when he overtook Padikkal when the batsman hit the ball. Tried to play well. Keeper despite hardly getting any space to execute the ramp shot.

Due to increasing pressure on the batsman, Russell ended Bharat’s stay midway. And then came the biggest blow for RCB when Russell hit AB de Villiers for a first ball duck with a top yorker targeting the leg-stump.

RCB were in all sorts of trouble at 52 for four in the ninth over and it got worse for them with the departure of Glenn Maxwell, who unnecessarily collapsed himself against Chakraborty’s bouncy delivery and Vanindu Hasaranga . Another debut for the team, out cheaply. Both the batsmen were dismissed in successive deliveries on a surface that was on the slower side, something that Kohli did after deciding to bat at the toss.

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