On Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) managed to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 9 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match played in Abu Dhabi. Winning the toss, RCB captain Virat Kohli chose to bat first. However, the team RCB was bundled out by the KKR bowlers for only 92 runs in 19 overs.
KKR batsman took only 10 overs to chase down the runs leading to a 9 wickets win in the 31st match of the ongoing edition of the IPL. KKR skipper Eoin Morgan said to the press after the match, “We have a long way to go, we need a lot of things to go right. Today’s the right start. I need that run of confidence. We haven’t turned up for the majority of the tournament, but today was a great start.”
The match started with all eyes on Virat Kohli who was playing his 200th IPL match after announcing his stepping down as RCB captain after this IPL. However, he was unable to leave any mark as Prasidh Krishna ended his stay in the 2nd over of the match.
KKR bowlers bullied the team RCB throughout the entire match with their outstanding bowling performance. KKR mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy stole the show with 3 wickets in his 4 over spell while giving away only 13 runs. Chakravarthy picked up the most important wicket of Glenn Maxwell before letting him settle in the pitch.
Star all-rounder Andre Russell also bagged 3 wickets including that of AB de Villiers with an impressive Yorker. Talking about their bowling strategy, Chakravarthy told the broadcasters, “The plan was to attack the stumps, the ball was doing a bit initially, now it has flattened, so we just stuck to our plans.”
The match became KKR’s biggest victory and RCB’s biggest defeat in terms of balls remaining (60 balls). Apart from Varun, the biggest discovery of the match was debutant Venkatesh Iyer who showed his class with his match finishing innings of 41 not out.
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