It was the second game at the Eden Gardens and we had witnessed the ambience of another 70000 crowd. It was the match between the men in purple, Kolkata Knight Riders Vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore. The game was hugely important for RCB and they had to win each of the two games to find a narrow chance for making to the play-offs. The game has been a high scoring one and for yet another time the host crowd witnessed the home team getting victorious quite comfortably. There has been some sensational performances and also some disappointing ones. Here are them:
FLOPS Of The Match
Gautam Gambhir (KKR): The KKR skipper had a bad day at the centre. He was dismissed in the very first over while trying to glide a ball through the legs. He managed to score just 4 runs off 4 balls and was dismissed by Mitchell Starc.
Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB): The promising uncapped leg-spinner of RCB did not manage to keep things tight tonight and failed to bowl according to field setups. He bowled several wide deliveries and Uthappa thrashed him for boundaries. He gave 24 runs in his 4th over and Shakib thrashed him for 3 sixes. He gave 50 runs off his 4 overs and went wicketless.
Chris Gayle (RCB): For once again, the big man disappointed with his performance. He remained out of form throughout the tournament and failed to score a single half century till now. He looked uncomfortable at the crease and struggled against the KKR bowlers. He scored just 6 runs off 9 deliveries.
AB De Villiers (RCB): This man came to bat when the game was going almost out of the reach for RCB and needed a fiery innings from him but he failed to deliver today and just scored 13 runs off 13 deliveries with a single boundary.
HITS Of The Match
Robin Uthappa (KKR): Once again this man came up with a fantastic innings. It was his 8th consecutive knock of 40+ runs, previous ones were like these, 47, 65, 47, 46, 80, 40, 67 in this IPL and surely this man is carrying the KKR’s baton with his batting. Today he scored an unbeaten knock of 83 runs off 51 deliveries with 10 fours and a six. He was also involved in a century partnership with Shakib Al Hasan. He received the Orange Cap today.
Shakib Al Hasan (KKR): The Bangladeshi all-rounder did play his part today. He was involved in a brilliant partnership with Uthappa and himself, played very aggressively. He scored 60 runs off 38 deliveries with 5 fours and 3 sixes. He was also handy with the ball and gave just 27 runs in his 4 overs.
Sunil Narine (KKR): The sensational match-winning spinner once again came up with golden colours for the knights. He took crucial wickets at crucial times and broke the healthy partnership of Kohli and Takawale. His 4th over was priceless when he took the wickets of Yuvraj Singh and AB De Villiers. He took 4 wickets in his 4 overs and gave just 20 runs. He was truly economical and bowled 9 dot balls.