Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali star as Royal Challengers Bangalore edge out Kolkata Knight Riders

Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to eke out a narrow win over Kolkata Knight Riders despite a valiant innings from Andre Russell. Indian Captain Virat Kohli smashed a splendid century to help Royal Challengers Bangalore post 213 runs in 20 overs. In reply, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell produced a terrific fightback to see Kolkata fall 10 runs short of victory. With this result, Kolkata have now lost four games in a row.

Chasing 214 runs to win, Kolkata Knight Rider got off to worse possible start as Dale Steyn dismissed Chris Lynn in the opening over of the innings. Makeshift opener Sunil Narine start cautiously as Steyn bowled an excellent spell with the new-ball. Navdeep Saini dismissed Narine for 18 runs to see Kolkata lose both their openers inside four overs.

Steyn claimed his second wicket when he dismissed Shubham Gill for 9 to see Kolkata in all sorts of trouble at 33 for 3 after 5 overs.Robin Uthappa struggled to score runs in the middle and perished after scoring just 9 runs off 20 balls.

Nitish Rana played well and started his innings in a positive manner. He added 44 runs with Uthappa to lead the fightback for Kolkata in the chase. He was looking good at the crease and was joined by Andre Russell at the crease.

All-rounder Andre Russell has been in scintillating form with the bat in this year’s competition. He certainly started off with a big six off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal. He decided to up the ante and smashed three sixes in the 15th over to see Kolkata needing 93 runs off 30 balls.

Rana decided to shift gears and also smashed a four and two sixes off the bowling of Navdeep Saini. Mohammad Siraj and Dale Steyn also conceded runs in their final spells to see Kolkata needing 43 runs off 12 balls to win the game.

Marcus Stoinis also conceded three sixes in the 19th over to see Andre Russell notch up the fastest half-century of this year’s Indian Premier League. Off-spinner Moeen Ali bowled the final over of the innings and kept his cool to see RCB win the game by 10 runs.

Rana scored unbeaten 85 runs off 46 balls with the help of nine fours and five sixes. He was well supported by Russell, who produced a blistering 65 off 25 balls with the help of two fours and nine sixes.

For Bangalore, Dale Steyn was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets to his name. Marcus Stoinis also bowled well and conceded 32 runs from his four over spell.

Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali delivered splendid batting performances to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders in a game played at Eden Gardens.

Earlier, Kolkata won the toss and elected to bowl first. Sunil Narine dismissed wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel to see RCB lose their first wicket in the 4th over of the innings. Virat Kohli started his innings in a brisk manner and smashed three consecutive boundaries.

Rookie Akshdeep Nath failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 13 off 15 balls as Andre Russell picked up his first wicket of the innings.

Royal Challengers Bangalore were placed in a precarious position at 59 for 2 after 9 overs. Moeen Ali came to the crease and started to go after the bowlers. He certainly went on the attack against the spinners and smashed big sixes off the bowling of Piyush Chawla. Left-arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav also failed to keep things quiet as Ali picked up boundaries at regular intervals.

Moeen Ali look in no mind to slow down as he smashed three sixes and two fours off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav to see the momentum shift in the favor of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat Kohli notched up his half-century in 40 balls. He decided to shift gears once Moeen Ali perished in 16th over of the innings.

All-rounder Moeen Ali scored a whirlwind 66 runs off 29 balls with the help five fours and six sixes. Kohli went on the charge and added 64 runs with Marcus Stoinis to see Bangalore post 213 for 4 in 20 overs. RCB Captain scored 100 runs off 58 balls with the help of nine fours and four sixes.

For Kolkata, Kuldeep Yadav had a terrible outing with the ball in hand. Left-arm spinner conceded 59 runs from his four overs. Andre Russell was the most economical bowler on display for Kolkata and conceded 17 runs from his three overs.

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