Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) held their nerves despite some brilliant hitting from Andre Russell and Nitish Rana to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Russell and Rana displayed some impeccable hitting but fell short by 10 runs after Moeen Ali delivered under pressure.
In pursuit of 213 runs, Dale Steyn – playing for Bangalore after nine years, provided a massive start dismissing Chris Lynn in the first over the innings. Sunil Narine then combined with Shubman Gill – promoted up the order looked to bail the home side out of danger. But Navdeep Saini bounced back to get the better of Narine to have Kolkata for 24 for two. Gill soon followed the pack with Steyn making his second bunny.
Since then, Nitish Rana steered Kolkata’s luck partnering Robin Uthappa. Robin Uthappa completely looked out of socks and added 46 runs before Uthappa went back only to bring Andre Russell in the middle. They played some fierce shots to bring down the equation to 23 runs off the last over from an almost impossible position. But Moeen Ali held his composure to hand Royal Challengers Bangalore two crucial points.
Kohli leads the charge for Bangalore
Previously, Virat Kohli’s outstanding century and some blistering hitting from Moeen Ali helped them post 213 runs on the board. However, it was not at all a good start for the Bangalore franchise as they lost Parthiv Patel in the fourth over. To add on, they also lost Arshdeep Nath also went back as he looked completely out of socks. Since then, Moeen Ali and Virat Kohli completely changed the course of the game. They added 90 runs for the third wicket to set the tone for the game. Moeen played one of his best knocks scoring 66 runs off just 28 balls including a 26-run over off Kuldeep Yadav.
Although Moeen Ali went back into the hut, Virat Kohli continued with his onslaught. The talismanic run-scorer stood up when his team needed the most and scored a brilliant century to help his side post 213 runs on the board. Kohli scored 100 runs off just 58 balls including nine fours and five sixes to put enough runs on the scoreboard for the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers.
It didn't happen but is anything impossible anymore? #KKRvRCB
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 19, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 19, 2019
Russell is an immortal cricketer.He is scarier even too opponent’s fans…can’t imagine a bowler’s anxiety.#KKRvRCB
— Kannan (@KannanMarg) April 19, 2019
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) April 19, 2019
#KKRvRCB Russell the Muscle Man on fire once again, last hope for KKR, to repeat history.
— Ramesh sharma (@ramesh_sharma12) April 19, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 19, 2019
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 19, 2019
Can these RCB bowlers realize that there is something called Toe-Crasher yorkers in cricket… ? #KKRvRCB
— shri harsha (@shriharsha6) April 19, 2019
— Kirti Nair (@kirti_nair) April 19, 2019
That Virat Kohli cover drive alone was worth the price of admission to the Eden Gardens today. This will be a fabulous contest!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) April 19, 2019
#KKR – 121/4, 15 Overs
? – 214
— ROHAN SAHA (@rohansaha112) April 19, 2019
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