The Knight Sets On RCB Hopes In IPL 7
KKR qualify for the playoffs as RCB are left in the open.
RCB travelled to Eden Gardens to face KKR at home in a make or break match. On winning the toss, Virat Kohli decided to chase. He rang in 2 changes - Yogesh Takawale and Ashok Dinda in for Parthiv Patel and Varun Aaron. Gautam Gambhir also made 2 changes to his KKR outfit, with Vinay Kumar and Morne Morkel coming in for Piyush Chawla and Pat Cummins.
RCB made a good start to proceedings with Starc managing to dismiss the KKR captain, Gautam Gambhir in the very first over. Dinda struck in the 4th over at his home ground by dismissing Manish Pandey who had hit a few boundaries to build momentum in the favour of the hosts. Yusuf Pathan hit a couple of boundaries in the powerplay to take KKR to 45/2 in 6 overs.
The very next over, Yusuf Pathan gifted his wicket away, run out by the Kohli-Takawale combo. He did score 22(13) though to give a leg-up to the next batting pair. Uthappa started hitting shots of his own after playing the silent role uptil now. Shakib manipulated the field very well and kept rotating the strike, hitting the occasional boundary along the way. Uthappa brought up yet another half century, making it his 8th consecutive score of more than 40, a world record in all T20s. Their run rate went north when Shakib smashed Yuzvendra Chahal for 24 runs in the 15th over. By 16 overs, KKR were poised for a big total at 150/3.
Shakib hit a half century too and KKR managed to squeeze out 16 runs from Dinda in the 18th over. Abu Nechim disturbed the woodwork when Shakib tried to hit him over the keeper and he departed for a well made 60. Uthappa finished off the innings well by hitting 2 boundaries off the last 2 balls by Starc and ending his innings at an unbeaten 83(51). KKR ended their innings with 195/4 on the board.
Chris Gayle’s poor run continued as Umesh Yadav trapped him plumb in front of the wicket with a swinging delivery leaving RCB a wicket down in just the second over of a tough chase. Yogesh Takawale smacked Morne Morkel all around the park just like he did in the first leg of this fixture. Along with Virat Kohli, he took RCB to 36/1 in the powerplay.
Kohli then took a liking to the pace of Vinay Kumar and hit him out of the park to snatch 17 runs from the 9th over. With the spin duo of Narine and Shakib into the attack, the batsmen found it tough to put them away. Narine got his reward when he sent both Kohli and Takawale back to the hut in the 13th over. Yuvraj Singh gave some hope to the RCB supporters when he scored 22 runs from the 16th over by Umesh Yadav. At the end of the 16th over, RCB were 128/3 and needed 68 to win from the next 4 overs.
Sunil Narine practically finished off the game in the 17th over by picking up the wickets of Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers, grabbing the Purple Cap in the process. Sachin Rana and Mitchell Starc played out the next 3 overs and KKR won the match comfortably in the end by a margin of 30 runs. This result sees KKR qualify for the playoffs and RCB knocked out of running.