Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) & Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), both have played seven games before the IPL was put on hold in May. It is contrasting to see that Royal Challengers Bangalore had five wins and Kolkata Knight Riders had five losses. In Abu Dhabi on Monday night, though, it looked like the two teams had swapped their fates. The KKR bowlers putting in a clinical performance to bowl RCB out for just 92. It should be noted that it is RCB’s third-lowest while batting first in the IPL.
We predicted in our last Fantasy Prediction & Dream11 Prediction that it will be difficult for KKR to win the match. Turns out, that KKR proved our Fantasy Prediction & Dream11 Prediction completely wrong. The achieved the target without any difficulties & their bowlers were well disciplined to bowl with line & length.
As the match begin, it looked like RCB is some amateur, gully cricket team. The big three of RCB, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers, fell for 5, 10 and 0 respectively.
First Innings: KKR vs RCB
Captain Kohli of RCB won the toss & decided to bat first. This decision of Kohli turned out to be a nightmare for the whole team. If the Royal Challengers batters looked scratchy and rusty, the Knight Riders bowlers were right on the money. They bowled in the corridor, surprised the batters with pace and bounce on a spongy pitch.
Once Royal Challengers were reduced to 63 for 5, mystery spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine kept the middle and lower order guessing with their guile and turn. The team still had a hope from the duo of de Villiers and Maxwell to salvage the innings. But Andre Russell extinguished those hopes by slipping in a leg-stump yorker to bowl de Villiers for a golden duck. The runs dried up further and Maxwell’s frustration was evident as he crawled to 10 off 16 without a single boundary.
There was not much to save Royal Challengers from 63 for 6 as Varun also got Baby in his next over and ran Jamieson out at the non-striker’s end by deflecting the ball to the stumps. He finished with stunning figures of 3 for 13 including 15 dot balls. Russell took the last wicket and finished with 3 for 9 from three overs.
Second Innings: KKR vs RCB
After the terrible performance by RCB, KKR came on to bat & it was expected that the team will try to bounce back with the likes of Harshal Patel & Mohammed Siraj. But since the beginning of the second innings, things were not looking good. Venkatesh Iyer, the 26-year-old left-hand batter who plays for Madhya Pradesh, showed immediately why he was given his maiden IPL cap on Monday. In the first over itself, he drove and punched Mohammed Siraj on the off side for successive fours.
On the other side, Shubham Gill was all set to destroy the bowling line up of RCB. Gill was equally fluent with his pulls and drives at the other end, nearly scoring his first half-century of IPL 2021. Once they had 56 on the board in the power play, Knight Riders only needed another 24 balls to finish things off. Things became very easy for Gill & Iyer in the 10th over to seal the victory.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 94/1 (Shubman Gill 48, Venkatesh Iyer 41*; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/23) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 92 all out (Devdutt Padikkal 22, KS Bharat 16; Andre Russell 3/9) by nine wickets