IPL 2019, Match 35: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- Moeen Ali Changed the Game in 3 Overs Says Mom Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore narrowly managed to remain afloat in Vivo IPL 12 after registering a hard-fought victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 35th match of the tournament. It was a great batting performance from Bangalore but the bowlers again faltered. However, the RCB bowlers held their nerves and eventually handed the visitors a 10 runs victory.
It was Dinesh Karthik who won the toss and asked RCB to bat. In the absence of AB de Villiers, it was Akshdeep Nath who got promoted up the order. Bangalore lost two quick wickets but the onslaught of Moeen Ali proved to be a major difference between the two teams in the end. The southpaw looked in sublime touch and smashed a quickfire 66 of just 27 deliveries which included 5 fours and 6 sixes. He also smashed Kuldeep Yadav for 27 runs in a single over.
After the fall of Moeen Ali’s wicket, it was Virat Kohli who changed the complexion of the match with his big hits. He smashed the KKR bowlers all around the Eden Gardens and reached his 5th IPL century in the final over of the RCB innings. His innings was studded with 9 fours and 4 sixes.
Kolkata Knight Riders needed to get off to a great start to harbour hopes of any hopes of chasing the target down. However, they lost 3 quick wickets which made the task very difficult for them. Robin Uthappa played one of the ugliest innings of all time and it was certainly bamboozling to see such an experienced batsman bat like that.
The match was almost done and dusted when Andre Russell came out in the middle and yet again changed the complexion of the game. The power hitter again started smashing the ball from the outset and made the dead clash alive. His power hitting also rubbed off in Nitish Rana as the southpaw also took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners.
24 runs were required of the final over when Nitish Rana faced the strike of Moeen Ali. The first two deliveries gave KKR just a solitary run which turned the match in RCB’s way. Andre Russell struck a six of the 3rd delivery of the over but a miss in the next meant RCB kept their hopes alive in the tournament. Courtesy his sensational century, Virat Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match Award.
Here is what Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation
Felt really good after what happened last year. Was important to have a win under our belt. There’s no point in panicking in these types of situations, you got to leave it to the bowlers to decide what they want to do. Few good decisions by Stoinis and then Moeen in the end. I think the way Stoinis bowled those two-three dot balls, it was very crucial.
They both showed composure and that’s what you expect from your teams mates. Our communication during the second time-out was to get 170-175, we didn’t think we could get 200-plus. It was difficult to put the length balls away. Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game.
Moeen said I am going to go now and I asked him to go for it. He targeted the small boundaries and changed the game in those few overs. It was important to bat along when AB is not here, as a senior player. AB was disappointed for not making it for the game tonight and I told him that I’ll give him a hug if we win tonight.
In the end, death overs are going to be difficult with this kind of ground, where the outfield is lightning quick. Credit to Russell for setting up those kind of games. Having Dale with his kind of experience, gave bowlers like Saini some kind of confidence. Steyn getting those crucial wickets was important for us. I think picking wickets in the powerplay is crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the innings.
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