RCB’s Bowlers Fail to Challenge The Riders

With de Villiers not in the team, and having lost the in-form de Kock quite early in the innings, RCB found themselves in a bit of trouble. Though McCullum was still in there, but RCB couldn’t rely on him as he had not been in the greatest of touch.

As de Kock returned to the pavilion after scoring 29 off 27 balls, in walked the captain, Virat Kohli. Kohli took time to get himself in. In the meantime, he lost partners on the other end. Brendon McCullum and Manan Vohra got out to Andre Russell on two successive deliveries, leaving RCB in deep trouble at the end of 10th over with the scoreboard showing, 75-3.

The next man in was Mandeep Singh. He supported Kohli quite well. With Mandeep, Kohli built a partnership of 75 runs over the next 7.3 overs. The 75-run stand was entirely dominated by the Captain, with Mandeep contributing just 19 runs. Kohli scored a magnificent 68 off just 44 balls with the help of 5 fours and 3 sixes. It was his master-class that helped Bangalore reach a respectable total of 175 in their 20-overs.

Chasing the target, KKR came in roaring. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine had an opening stand of 59 runs in just 7.1 overs before the latter got out to the leggie, M. Ashwin. His walk back to the pavilion saw Uthappa walking in. He came in with an intent of hitting every ball, no matter what. But his carnage didn’t last long. After scoring a quick 21-ball 36, he fell prey to M. Ashwin’s flighted delivery and was caught by Southee at long-on. Being in a bit of a trouble at the end of 15th over, KKR needed 53 off the next 5 to win the game.

Chris Lynn, along with KKR captain, Dinesh Karthik took team to winning position before the latter got out to Siraj in the 19th over. He went after scoring very important 23 runs off just 10 balls.

KKR then needed just 4 off the final over. With Shubham Gill on strike, and Chris Lynn still hanging around, it was quite an easy task. Umesh Yadav came in to bowl the final over of the innings.

The first ball he bowled was slapped away for four by Shubham Gill, thus winning the match for KKR.

Kohli’s knock went in vain. His brilliance couldn’t win the game for RCB. Just like every time, RCB’s bowlers left no chance to let their team down. No matter what the target be, RCB’s bowlers cannot defend it.


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