IPL 2021: KKR thrash RCB by nine wickets

 Varun Chakarvarthy
KKR spinner Varun Chakarvarthy picked up three wickets. Photo: Twitter/IPL

Abu Dhabi: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bossed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from the beginning to the end to record a convincing nine-wicket win in their Indian Premier League match here on Monday.

Showing serious intent after their mediocre outing in the first phase of the league earlier this year, the KKR bowlers fired in unison to bundle out RCB for a paltry 92.

Then, the opening duo of Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer played some breathtaking shots and made light work of the chase of 93, completing the formality with as many as 10 overs to spare.

The supremely-talented Gill got out for a 48 off 34 deliveries while Iyer, who could have been a successful management professional after finishing his MBA in finance and giving up a placement as a tax consultant, was looking good on a 27-ball 41 not out when the winning run was hit.

The result not just boosted KKR's morale immensely but also improved their net run rate big time.

Opening the bowling, architect-turned-mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy (3/13) did the star turn with three wickets in an excellent four-over spell. Star all-rounder Andre Russell (3/9 in three overs) also bagged three wickets, including AB de Villiers for a golden duck, while there were two for Lockie Ferguson.

Prasidh Krishna
Prasidh Krishna traps Virat Kohli in front of the wicket. Photo: Twitter/KKR


Devdutt Padikkal was the highest scorer with 22 runs. It was a forgettable outing for skipper Virat Kohli in his 200th game for RCB.

Bowling the day's second over, right-arm pacer Prasidh Krishna dealt RCB a big blow when he had Kohli trapped in front of wicket with his fourth delivery that jagged in and hit him above the knee-roll.

Kohli went for a review but the ball-tracking technology confirmed that it was going on to hit the stumps. This was immediately after Kohli sent a Krishna delivery in front of square on the off-side for a lovely four.

New Zealand fast bowler Ferguson replaced Chakravarthy and the gifted Padikkal smashed the pacer straight over his head to get things moving for RCB.

Krishna bowled back-to-back no balls (one front foot and one beamer) in the next over and while debutant K S Bharat failed to break the shackles, Padikkal capitalised on the extra delivery with a boundary.

KKR skipper Eoin Morgan made another bowling change by bringing in Sunil Narine and while the Trinidadian spinner could not get a breakthrough in his first over, Ferguson succeeded in his second when he had Padikkal caught behind when the batsman tried to play the ball fine past the keeper despite hardly getting any room to execute the ramp shot.

Russell ended Bharat's stay in the middle as the pressure mounted on the batsman.

And then came the biggest blow for RCB when Russell bowled de Villiers for a first-ball duck with a top-notch yorker targeting the leg-stump.

RCB were in all sorts of trouble at 5/4 in the ninth over and it became only worse for them with the departure of Glenn Maxwell, who brought his own downfall with a needless heave against Chakravarthy's tossed-up delivery, and Wanindu Hasaranga, the team's another debutant, getting out cheaply.

Both the batsmen were dismissed off successive balls on a surface that was on the slower side.

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