In the 39th match of IPL-13 played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets. Batting first in the match, KKR had scored 84 runs for 8 wickets, which was the lowest score of the season and overall the second lowest score of KKR. His batsmen could not stand in front of Bangalore bowlers including Mohammad Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal. In reply, Bangalore won by losing 2 wickets in 13.3 overs.
KKR scored the smallest score of the season
Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore held Kolkata Knight Riders to the lowest score of this season due to their superb bowling. Kolkata were able to score 84 runs after losing eight wickets after playing 20 overs. Only four of his bats could barely touch the double figures. Mohammad Siraj, who replaced Shahbaz Ahmed in this match, gave Bangalore the best start of the season so far.
Siraj’s ambush boling
Siraj, who came in the second over, brought Kolkata under pressure by dismissing Rahul Tripathi (1) and Nitish Rana (0) on two consecutive balls. In the next over, Navdeep Saini caught Shubman Gill (1) in the hands of Chris Maurice. Then Siraj, who brought his next over, dismissed Kolkata’s Tom Benton (10) in this match, and made Kolkata score 15/4.
Just 17 runs in powerplay
Kolkata scored just 17 runs in the Pawarplay. Captain Ian Morgan and Dinesh Karthik (4) were now the team’s weight, but Kohli’s biggest weapon Yuzvendra Chahal first made Karthik his victim then the umpire gave Pat Cummins LBW on his ball, but Cummins gave the review Laya therefore survived. Cummins survived here but Chahal finally trapped Cummins in his trick on the third ball in the 13th over. Cummins could score only four runs.
Morgan scored 30 runs
Chahal’s partner off-spinner Washington Sundar then broke Morgan’s back by dismissing Morgan. Morgan scored 30 runs. Kuldeep Yadav (12) and Lockie Ferguson (19 not out) tried to take the team beyond the 100 but could not succeed. For Kolkata, Siraj took three, Chahal two, Saini and Sundar took one wicket each.
Good start for RCB
The Bangalore team got off to a decent start to chase down an easy target. Opener Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch added 46 runs in 6.4 overs. During this time, Devdutt was seen in rhythm and KKR’s strategy was also beyond comprehension. Lockie Ferguson, who won the last match, did not give the bowling in the powerplay.
Two wickets fell in Locky Ferguson’s over
When Lockie got the ball in the 7th over, he gave Aaron Finch the first success of the wicket when he caught Dinesh Karthik behind the wicket. Finch scored 16 runs in 21 balls. Devdutt Padikkal was also run out on the fourth ball of the same over. He scored 25 runs in 17 balls with the help of 3 fours.