All-rounder Andre Russell produced a blistering performance with the bat to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Kolkata were able to chase down a score of 206 set by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Bangalore winless streak continued despite scintillating performances from Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers.
Royal Challengers Bangalore looked in control of the game with Kolkata needing 66 runs off 24 balls to win the game. Andre Russell certainly played his strokes against the likes of Mohammad Siraj and Marcus Stoinis to keep Kolkata’s hopes alive of winning the game.
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee came to the attack and missed his lengths against Russell, who smashed him for four sixes and a four to see Kolkata inch closer towards a possible win.
The spin duo of Pawan Negi and Yuzvendra Chahal produced an excellent effort for RCB and did not allow Kolkata to score freely.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Pawan Negi came into the attack in the 10th over of the innings. He struck immediately for RCB and dismissed Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa in a space of few overs.
Lynn and Uthappa put on a 65 run partnership to rebuild the innings. Lynn scored 43 off 31 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes, while Uthappa scored 33 off 25 balls.
Left-handed batsman Nitish Rana chipped in with crucial score to keep Kolkata in the hunt to win the game. He scored 37 off 23 balls with the help of two sixes. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of Rana to see Kolkata needing 67 runs off 26 balls to win the game.
Andre Russell came to the crease and certainly signaled his intentions from the word go. Kolkata Captain smashed a four and a six off the bowling of Navdeep Saini. Karthik could not last longer as he was dismissed in the 17th over of the innings.
Russell certainly went berserk in the last three overs of the innings to see Kolkata pull of a thrilling win over Bangalore.
Andre Russell produced an unbeaten 48 off just 13 balls to see Kolkata pull off a thrilling win over Mumbai
Earlier in day, Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli got the side off to good start. The duo added 64 runs for the opening wicket to lay down a perfect platform for the likes of AB De Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer to play their natural game.
Kohli certainly looked in fantastic form for RCB and smashed boundaries off the bowling of Prasidh Krishna. Lockie Ferguson also erred in his lengths as Kohli smashed three boundaries in the second over of the innings.
Parthiv Patel was dismissed by part-timer Nitish Rana to see Royal Challengers Bangalore lose their first wicket in the 8th over of the innings.
AB De Villiers came to the crease and put on a 108-run partnership to see the home side in a strong position to post a mammoth score on the board.
This was Kohli’s third 100-run partnership with De Villiers in the Indian Premier League.Kohli continued to score freely and struck boundaries at regular intervals.
On the other hand, De Villiers shifted gears and smashed two sixes off the bowling of Andre Russell.
Nitish Rana also leaked a lot of runs as he was smashed for two sixes and a four to see Bangalore inch closer towards 200-run mark.
RCB Captain Virat Kohli scored 84 off 49 balls with the help of nine fours and two sixes. He was well supported by AB De Villiers, who chipped in with 63 off 32 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes.
Marcus Stoinis then smashed a quick-fire 28 runs off 13 balls to see Royal Challengers Bangalore post 205 for 3 in their 20 overs.
For Kolkata, the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine bowled well and picked two wickets between them. The rest of the bowling attack conceded more than ten runs an over.