In the 39th match of the IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) claimed a big victory after thrashing Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by eight wickets at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
KKR captain Eoin Morgan decided to bat first after winning the toss. However, they struggled in the entire first innings and managed to score only 84/8 (20 overs). In reply, RCB chased down the target in 13.3 overs after losing only their both openers.
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IPL 2020, Match 39: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (KKR vs RCB) – Highlights
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) innings
RCB openers Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch provided a proper start as they built up the 46 runs partnership for the opening wicket. Just after the powerplay, in the seventh over of that innings, Lockie Ferguson dismissed Finch for 16 runs.
In that same seventh over, another opening batsman Padikkal was also run-out after scoring 25 runs off 17 balls (3 fours).
But the next two batsmen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and captain Virat Kohli comfortably finished the game without losing their respective wickets. While captain Kohli remained not out on 18 runs off 17 balls (2 fours), Gurkeerat scored 21 not out off 26 balls (4 fours).
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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) innings
KKR had a very poor start in the first innings and they never managed to get out from that situation in that entire innings. Pacer Mohammed Siraj provided a brilliant start as he got three wickets and also delivered two maiden overs in the powerplay and became the first bowler to deliver more than one maiden over in an IPL match. At the end of the powerplay, KKR scored 17/4.
While captain Eoin Morgan was the only batsman for KKR to score 20+ runs in that innings as the left-handed batsman fought very hard and scored 30 runs off 34 balls (4 fours and only six), only three more batsmen managed to reach the double-digit scores in that innings (Tom Banton 10, Kuldeep Yadav 12 and Lockie Ferguson 19*).
Mohammed Siraj was the best bowler for RCB as he had the bowling figures of 4-2-8-3. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the other bowler, who managed to pick up two wickets in that innings as he had the bowling figures of 4-0-15-2. Apart from Navdeep Saini (3-0-23-1), all other RCB bowlers maintained their economy rate 6.00 or lesser.
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