The Indian Premier League did reach its half way mark when Kolkata Knight Riders competed against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan came together at the crease and carried a exhibition of brute force as they struck sixes at will on a flat wicket prepared for the game.The big hitting duo came and put over 90 runs partnership in just 44 ball to steer their side to victory by five wickets over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bowl first on flat wicket prepared at Bengaluru.The Knight Rider bowlers did a splendid to contain a plethora of big players from Royal Challengers Bangalore despite fifties by Kohli and KL Rahul. Virat Kohli did deliberate that total could easily be defended on this wicket.They left out Kane Richardson to muster their batting resources by including Chris Gayle.
Royal Challengers bowling was good in the initial overs as they manage to get Kolkata Knight Riders 4 wickets down for a score of 69 runs after 10 overs.Stuart Binny and Yuzvendra Chahal did bowl well on the night but others did bowled poorly given the batsmen had done all the hard work by putting up a competitive score.Royal Challengers were on top when Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan came to the crease with the equation for Knight Riders to scored 110 runs in last ten overs.The pitch was good for batting but both went after the bowlers from the word go as Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan both hit one six each to string some kind of reply to the opposition.
The bowlers like Tabraiz Shamsi were taken for plenty of runs as Yusuf Pathan notched a crucial fifty in just 27 balls and Andre Russell proving to be ideal partner at the other end.Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 60 runs off 29 balls and hit six fours and three sixes to steer his side to victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kolkata Knight Rider after their win are placed at no.3 in overall league standings while loss for Royal Challengers means they are reeling at the bottom this season.