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Match #38: RCB vs KKR @ Eden Gardens

This was the away match for Vettori and co. They were facing KKR at their den which and looked forward to snatch some points from the high flying KKR team.

Royal Challengers Bangalore had earned a considerable amount of support in the eastern metropolis. They were raring to go with full steam against the Knights who were in a purple patch. Royals were buoyed by the return of Vettori and a fir Chris Gayle in their wing. Their previous match being washed out had let them earn a solitary point against the CSK. It was a golden opportunity for the RCB to
capitalize on a pitch that was unlike that of Eden. It had loads of runs in it.

As the spectators barged in the magnificent amphitheater it seeped into me the passion people of Kolkata harbor for this game. Eden was near to its full capacity, and it had all the making for a spectacular show. The weather was also unlike that of Kolkata in the late April. A gentle breeze was sweeping across the ground when the home team won the toss and elected to bat. RCB had
fielded a full strength team and a brilliant chance to score any modest target that was dished out to them. Gautam and McCullum took their off the blocks at a rapid pace with Gautam taking the onus to score runs at will. Gautam scored heavily to the square of the wicket and set the stadium alight with brilliant stroke display. The wicket looked easy paced and it was a mouth watering
prospect to see Chris Gayle batting on the track. Owing to the brilliance of Gautam and a late impetus provided by Kallis KKR got past the 190 mark and a
set a formidable target for RCB which seemed achievable with Chris Gayle in tremendous form. Gauti scored his highest of this IPL, 93 off just 51 balls.

The DJ did keep the crowd on their feet during the break and the Mexican wave was going round the Eden at half past 9 with crowd expecting a rollicking start from the Royal Challengers. Yusuf Pathan became the surprise bunny who came to open the KKR bowling attack. TM Dilshan and Gayle had expected a bit more pace first up. Pathan bowled a tight first five deliveries which cost KKR just 2. The pressure was getting on to Dilshan as he was trying to score big on the slow right arm off-spin from a part timer.

Dilshan went to take the attack to the opposition and in his endeavor his bat turned and Bhatia grabbed a simple catch at mid-off. This was big wicket for KKR as was evident from the raucous celebration of Yusuf. Virat came into bat. The promising youngster had not been firing for the RCB for quite some time and it was a big day for him to show his mettle. The match dragged on beautifully with
the crowd getting behind both the teams. Gayle smashed a six of Yusuf's second over which saw his end of spell. Former RCB mate Kallis came into bowl and soon scalped Virat which was a big blow to the chase. Losing quality player first up in this mammoth chase was a severe dent. It became even tougher when he took out the dependable AB de Villiers in the consecutive deliveries. Then the chase
lost its sting with Gayle and Saurabh Tiwary trying to consolidate the innings.

The spectators were waiting for a Gayle storm to arrive on the windy Eden pitch. But they were made to wait for long. In the 13th over Rajat Bhatia took out Tiwary and the match was perhaps half lost at that point of time. It became a one sided affair with Gayle left to do too much. Mayank Agarwal also failed to impress. Gayle tried to take the ship home with some lusty blows at
the fag end of the innings but it was out of bounds at that time. RCB lost unfortunately by 47 runs and slid further down in the points table.

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