Knights From Kolkata Win The Night
Virat Kohli won his third toss and decided to chase against KKR in Sharjah. Mitchell Starc backed his decision, bowling an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Kolkata skipper for his third duck in a row. Albie Morkel then picked up the in-form Manish Pandey. Kallis and Chris Lynn then had to ensure the team did not lose any more wickets without hitting over the top managed to reach the score of 42 at the end of the 6th over.
In came the legendary spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan and it wasn't a start he was looking forward to as Chris Lynn hit him for two sixes for in his first over this IPL. They kept picking at the RCB bowlers before Varun dealt KKR a double blow in the 12th over, dismissing the dangerous looking Chris Lynn and then getting the enigmatic Yusuf Pathan on his second ball. By the 15th over the side from Kolkata managed to reach 106 for the loss of 6 wickets.
Yuzvendra Chahal then got the all important wicket of a set Jacques Kallis as the Bangalore team then had two relatively new batsmen at the crease to bowl to. KKR managed to add 44 runs in the last five overs of their innings losing wickets at regular overs. They were limited to a score of 150/7 when they finished off batting.
RCB got off to a good start with Takawale playing his first game of the season showing us why he was picked ahead of Nic Maddinson. He started off taking on Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav from the word go. Parthiv joined in on the fun hitting a few trademark strokes to take the score to 49 runs at the loss of no wickets.
In the first two overs after the end of powerplay KKR struck twice with Jacques Kallis getting Takawale and Vinay Kumar forcing Parthiv to pop up an easy catch to Chris Lynn. After the openers gave them a good start RCB then had Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh taking care of the middle overs in the innings getting occasional boundaries and making sure the asking rate never went out of hand. Bangalore managed to score 116 for the loss of 2 wickets by the end of 15 overs, leaving them needing 35 runs of the last 5 overs in the innings.
Sunil Narine then beat Kohli’s defense and hit the stumps in his last over to make things interesting towards the end. RCB then lost a bit of momentum with that wicket needing 18 of the last 2 overs. Things got even more exciting as Umesh Yadav picked up the wicket of Yuvraj Singh in the penultimate over to bring the hard hitting Albie Morkel in. It seemed that AB de Villiers’ hit off the next ball had gone through a fallen Chris Lynn’s hands to clear the ropes then Lynn had kept his composure to take an unbelievable catch.
KKR offered two more full tosses to end the over but Albie couldn’t get under them well enough, managing only 3 off the last two. KKR sealed an enthralling game of cricket to give RCB their first loss of the season. Royal Challengers Bangalore next face the Rajasthan Royals on the 26th of April.