In just three balls, Sunil Narine changed the fate of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) & ended the IPL 2021 trophy dream for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The Eoin Morgan-led unit will now square off against Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 and the winner of that match will take on Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash.
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First Innings: RCB vs KKR
Virat Kohli. Clean bowled. AB de Villiers. Clean Bowled. Glenn Maxwell. Completely deceived. Most people need a cheat code and a computer screen to pull that off. Narine doesn’t. He imposed video game logic on this real life game and turned it in Knight Riders’ favor.
RCB were quick off the blocks, courtesy captain Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal. While Kohli creamed three fours in the first two overs, Padikkal hit two fours in the fourth before RCB moved to 49/0 at the end of five overs. KKR struck on the first ball of the sixth over as Lockie Ferguson dismissed Padikkal after the left-hander dragged one back onto the stumps.
While Kohli survived a close run-out, thanks to his brilliant dive and KS Bharat got a reprieve in the eighth over, KKR struck in the 10th over as Sunil Narine picked a wicket in his first over, dismissing KS Bharat. Narine continued to make merry and KKR continued to dominate the proceedings as Glenn Maxwell was dismissed in the 17th over. KKR continued to keep RCB in check and limited them to 138/7.
Second Innings: RCB vs KKR
Kohli wanted this one badly. He got in the face of the umpire when he made a poor decision. When the resulting DRS proved how plumb the lbw was he roared like only he can. He had said this would be his last season as captain in the IPL. Harshal Patel has the honour in 2021 and he responded by knocking out Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. Those two wickets took his season tally to 32, an IPL record, tied with 2013 Dwayne Bravo.
Two overs later, Yuzvendra Chahal trapped Rahul Tripathi before the wickets. Harshal then picked up his 32nd wicket of the season as he had Iyer caught behind the wickets. KKR then promoted Narine up the order and he hammered 3 sixes on the first legal deliveries he faced and helped KKR zoom past hundred. RCB though continued to fight hard as Chahal had Rana in the 15th over before Mohammed Siraj’s double-wicket 18th over – where he dismissed Narine and Dinesh Karthik – took the things right down to the wire. Captain Eoin Morgan and Shakib Al Hasan though held their nerve and took KKR home with two balls to spare.
Kolkata Knight Riders 139/6 (Shubman Gill 29, Sunil Narine 26; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/16) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 138/7 (Virat Kohli 39, Devdutt Padikkal 21; Sunil Narine 4/21) by 4 wickets.