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PICS: Clinical Royal Challengers outclass Knight Riders

Last updated on: October 13, 2020 01:12 IST
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Images from Monday's IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Sharjah. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB deVilliers during his blazing knock against Kolkata Knight Riders

IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB deVilliers during his blazing knock against Kolkata Knight Riders, in the IPL match in Sharjah on Monday. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore, powered by a blazing knock from A B de Villiers and clinical bowling, proved too good for Kolkata Knight Riders, winning their Indian Premier League match in Sharjah by 82 runs, on Monday.

 

The South African batsman had things his way, smashing six sixes and five fours in his unbeaten 73 off just 33 balls, in the company of skipper Virat Kohli (33 not out off 28 balls) during an unbroken third-wicket stand of 100 runs from 7.4 overs as Royal Challengers put to 194 for 2.

In reply, the Knight Riders, despite a fine knock from opener Shubman Gill (34 off 25) were restricted to just 112 for 9.

Chris Morris celebrates with Virat Kohli after dismissing Pat Cummins.

IMAGE: Chris Morris celebrates with Virat Kohli after dismissing Pat Cummins. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Chris Morris (2-17) and Washington Sundar (2-20) bowled tidy spells for the Royal Challengers, while Yuzvendra Chahal was the most economical with figures of 1 for 12 in his four overs.

The victory took Royal Challengers to third place in the league standings with 10 points from 7 matches, the same as table toppers Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals.

The Knight Riders are in fourth place with 8 points from 7 matches.   

A B deVilliers is congratulated by Virat Kohli after completing his fifty.

IMAGE: A B deVilliers is congratulated by Virat Kohli after completing his fifty. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Earlier, on a pitch that was slowing down, spinner Varun Chakravarthy bowled a tidy 0/25 from four overs, while young pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti (0/36 from four overs) cleverly mixed up his deliveries with cutters to check the Royal Challengers’ momentum midway in their innings.

Opener Aaron Finch (47 from 37 balls) looked sluggish in the middle and struggled to find boundaries before being castled by Prasidh Krishna.

Virat Kohli's cautious knock had just one four

IMAGE: Virat Kohli's cautious knock had just one four. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

With boundaries drying up, De Villiers unleashed his array of shots against a disciplined Nagarkoti, smashing him for consecutive sixes, over midwicket, one of which hit a running car.

The South African raced to his fifty off 23 balls as Royal Challengers took 83 runs from the last five overs to boost the total.

Devdutt Padikkal is bowled by Andre Russell

IMAGE: Devdutt Padikkal is bowled by Andre Russell. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Earlier, opting to bat, openers Finch and Padikkal started off in a blazing fashion and attacked KKR’s new-ball bowlers Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishna.

Finch clubbed one out of the stadium in Prasidh's first over before he failed to read the yorker and was bowled for 46 from 37 balls.

Aaron Finch is bowled by Prasidh Krishna

IMAGE: Aaron Finch is bowled by Prasidh Krishna. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

The boundaries soon dried up after the Power-Play, with Russell providing KKR the breakthrough by cleaning up Padikkal with a fuller delivery. The talented youngster earlier hit back-to-back boundaries off Cummins.

However, he was done in by Russell after making room for a big shot. He went too wide and found his stumps go all over the place. He scored 32 from 23 balls.

Shubman Gill put up gutsy fight, scoring 34 off 25 balls.

IMAGE: Shubman Gill put up gutsy fight, scoring 34 off 25 balls. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Bowling in absence of ace spinner Sunil Narine, who was left out after being reported for suspect action, Chakravarthy bowled a tidy spell.

Replying to the huge total, the Knight Riders batsmen never got going. Save a gutsy 34 off 25 balls from young opener Shubman Gill none could come up a decent knock.

Nitish Rana is bowled by Washington Sundar

IMAGE: Nitish Rana is bowled by Washington Sundar. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Navdeep Saini drew first blood, spoiling the debut of talented Tom Banton (8) as Kolkata’s ploy to open with the Englishman came a cropper. 

The under-rated Sundar was top class and virtually derailed the KKR run-chase with the prized-scalp of the in-form Eoin Morgan (8) and Nitish Rana (9).

Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates after taking the wicket of Dinesh Karthik.

IMAGE: Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates after taking the wicket of Dinesh Karthik. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Well-set opener Shubman Gill (34 from 25 balls) was run-out during Sundar's miserly spell as the KKR batsmen struggled for runs.

Chahal accounted for Kolkata’s last match hero, captain Dinesh Karthik (1). The batsman was deceived by the flight and dragged one onto his stumps.

Andre Russell, from whom much was expected, continued his poor run, scoring a 10-ball 16.

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