Chasing a target of 195, the batsmen fail to get going
A.B. de Villiers’ blistering unbeaten 73 (33b, 5×4, 6×6) and a superb bowling performance powered RCB to an 82-run victory over KKR on Monday.
Chasing a target of 195, KKR would have appreciated a solid start from Shubman Gill and Tom Banton, who was making his IPL debut.
It didn’t prove a particularly memorable beginning for the highly rated 21-year-old who was bowled by a Navdeep Saini delivery clocked at 148.1kmph.
Nitish Rana was then beaten and castled in his attempt to slog-sweep the impressive Washington Sundar.
Watching all this from the other end was Gill (34, 25b, 3×4, 1×6). He was dropped on 31, but failed to capitalise on it; he was run out.
Only a series of mighty sixes from Andre Russell could have revived KKR’s hopes, but he only managed one before holing out to extra cover off Isuru Udana.
Aaron Finch b Prasidh 47 (37b, 4×4,1×6), Devdutt Padikkal b Russell 32
(23b, 4×4,1×6), Virat Kohli (not out) 33 (28b,1×4), AB de Villiers
(not out) 73 (33b, 5×4, 6×6); Extras (lb-2, w-6, nb-1): 9; Total (for
two wkts. in 20 overs): 194.
FALL OF WICKETS
1-67 (Padikkal, 7.4 overs), 2-94 (Finch,12.2).
KNIGHT RIDERS BOWLING
Cummins 4-0-38-0, Prasidh 4-0-42-1, Russell 4-0-51-1, Varun 4-0-25-0,
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