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Kolkata Knight Riders chased RCB's 158/6, posting 159/4 in 15.1 overs to secure a six wicket win at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday evening.
Gautam Gambhir won the toss and the Kolkata Knight Riders captain put RCB in to bat first in our Go Green match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Travis Head replaced Shane Watson in the RCB line up.
RCB XI: Mandeep, Gayle, Kohli(c), AB, Head, Jadhav(w), Negi, Aravind, Badree, Aniket Choudhary, Chahal
RCB's batting woes continued as Chris Gayle could only manage a leading edge against Umesh Yadav off the first ball of the innings which was pouched easily by a whooping Gautam Gambhir at short cover. Umesh struck again when he deceived Virat Kohli with a slower one to trap him plumb LBW. AB de Villiers had another short stay that followed the pattern of the season - boundaries to show intent against a bowler followed by an easy dismissal, in this case by being bowled around the legs by Sunil Narine right after hitting him for a boundary. The three big guns had been sent back with RCB's score at just 34/3.
At the other end, Mandeep Singh went hard at the KKR attack. Alongwith Travis Head, Singh consolidated even if the moist conditions made the ball stop and the tennis ball bounce made timing difficult. RCB reached 40/3 at the end of the powerplay and 59/3 by the halfway mark. Though boundaries didn't come regularly, the duo ran hard to bring up the fifty of their partnership in the 13th over and had begun to accelerate when rain interrupted play with the score at 100/3 in 14.1 overs.
Mandeep was 48* when rain interrupted and brought up his fifty soon after play resumed but was dismissed trying to slog sweep Narine, bringing Kedar Jadhav in. He couldn't get his timing going and was set up by Chris Woakes to expect something short on the leg side but baited with a full, fast and wide one outside off. The mishit went to Yadav wide of long-off. Pawan Negi couldn't get going either and was dismissed for 5 but Travis Head brought out the big hits to help RCB take 50 off the last 4 overs and reach 158/6.
Head struck three fours and five sixes, reaching 50 off 41b and finishing on 75* off 47b, the highest individual score at the Chinnaswamy Stadium this VIVO IPL season.
Chris Lynn had raced to 29 off 14b after the first three overs then Narine let loose in a blinding assault which saw him bring up the joint-fastest VIVO IPL fifty of all time - off 15 deliveries, taking 35 off compatriot Samuel Badree and 26 off Sreenath Aravind. Lynn came back on strike the next over and took 20 off Chahal as KKR posted the highest powerplay score ever in a VIVO IPL game - 105/0 after 6 overs.
Aniket Choudhary provided RCB the breakthrough right after the strategic time out, with a short and wide delivery which Narine edged to Kedar Jadhav. He finished the over a wicket-maiden, his second in two games. Chris Lynn reached his fifty off a relatively sedate 21b but fell soon after trying to play across the line to Pawan Negi.
With the pressure off them, Colin de Grandhomme and Gautam Gambhir were content to deal in singles with the occassional boundary. Travis Head came in to bowl after Choudhary had to walk off the field having hurt himself while bowling and de Grandhomme hit him for a big six. Negi got another wicket when de Grandhomme charged down to him and was stumped. Gambhir threw his wicket away to Chahal with a simple catch to Negi at cover. Chahal drew a big nick from Yusuf Pathan in the same over, making him swing and miss repeatedly but the umpire declined to give it out. Pandey hit the winning runs in the next over to seal KKR a 6 wicket win.