The belligerent Chris Gayle was in a destructive mood as the 50-ball 85 that he cracked was laced by four hits to the fence and nine big ones over it – needless to say,Kolkata Knight Riders’ armour was punctured time and again. Royal Challengers Bangalore,like in their last fixture,comfortably chased down the total.
The team now leads the group standings.
It wasn’t an ideal start to the run-chase as opener Mayank Agarwal departed in the third over. In-form Virat Kohli continued from where he left as the Delhi dasher timed it sweetly in the middle. However,the skipper couldn’t see his side through as L Balaji’s slower one did the trick for the tourists.
It wasn’t a good sight after that as Delhi boys Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were involved in a heated argument,but another Delhi boy,Rajat Bhatia,intervened and controlled the situation.
However,the fall of wickets didn’t affect Gayle’s game as the opener was clearing the ropes with utmost ease and did most of the scoring in the middle.
KKR will not be pleased with Ryan McLaren and Pradeep Sangwan’s effort as both the seamers were all over the place and went for plenty. In fact,none of the KKR bowler posed any major threat as Kohli and Co. went about doing business in fine fashion.
As expected,Sunil Narine was the most economical bowler as the mystery spinner went for only 17 in his four overs.
Earlier,RCB skipper Virat Kohli asked KKR to bat on lively pitch with enough grass to excite any seam bowler. Kohli read the pitch well as the quicks enjoyed bowling on this strip.
Apart from reading the pitch well,the move to give Moises Henriques the new ball worked wonders as the all-rounder removed the struggling Manvinder Bisla in the very first over of the innings.
He rotated the bowlers well and didn’t allow the batsmen to adjust to one particular line and length. However,giving Muttiah Muralitharan a go in the first six overs didn’t work as the spinner went for 13 in his first over.
Gambhir,along with Jacques Kallis,was doing the right thing by rotating the strike well and getting the odd boundary. The rescue act didn’t last long as the South African couldn’t carry on and was removed by seamer Vinay Kumar.
Next man in,Yusuf Pathan,made his intention of going after everything quite clear. The attacking batsman played a short cameo and was sent back in the hut by Henriques.
Wickets kept tumbling at the other end but Gambhir held one end up and brought up a well-compiled half-century.
However,the skipper was not able to bat through the innings as he,in an attempt to accelerate the scoring,fell prey to Vinay Kumar.
Almost every KKR batsman got off to good starts but except Gambhir,no one made an impression. The RCB will be content with their effort as their plan of using the freshness of the track worked well. Seamers enjoyed success on this strip as seven of the eight wickets were taken by them.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
MA Agarwal,CH Gayle,V Kohli(c),AB de Villiers,MC Henriques,KB Arun Karthik(wk),KL Rahul,R Vinay Kumar,RP Singh,JD Unadkat,M Muralitharan
Kolkata Knight Riders
G Gambhir(c),MS Bisla(wk),JH Kallis,MK Tiwary,YK Pathan,EJG Morgan,R McLaren,R Bhatia,PJ Sangwan,SP Narine,L Balaji