The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore ended up as a desperate mess for the latter. Bangalore collapsed at the lowest score of IPL history chasing the target of 132 posed by Kolkata. The team could not even sustain half the inning being all out at 9.4 overs. Captain Virat Kohli was down with a golden duck, all AB de Villiers could do was beat 2 boundaries for 8 runs and Chris Gayle scored 7 off 17 balls, fairly guarding his wicket as an opener. The Challengers are now among the bottom team of the point chart and with such instance, there seems little hope if they don’t change for better.
The match started late and Kolkata batted early with a brisk strike. There were no partnership and big runs in the inning, but the players knocked fast and did not compromise their wickets for runs. The openers were headstrong, which built the foundation for the decent score. Sunil Narine hammered a 17 ball 34, which became the lifeline of the inning. The batsman was removed before the powerplay overs, but he accomplished enough hauling the score to 65 before the sixth over. The rest of the batsmen kept on adding keeping the momentum alive. The squad exhausted before the last two balls.
Knight Riders bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme scalped three wickets each. None of Bangalore bowlers could score a double-digit figure. In the match, Kolkata bowlers had it all. Coulter-Nile took Kohli’s wicket in the first over beginning the slide. It was his strike that took down the prime batsmen, the bowler, emerging as the Player of the Match. By the third over, de Villiers and Mandeep Singh was also removed. The batsmen just could not sustain the attacks. The first six wickets were caught and the middle over was trapped with lbws. Gayle and Stuart Binny were removed in the sixth over. The match finally ended with two wickets in the tenth over. The Knight Riders won by 82 runs, creating a milestone in IPL history.
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