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IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB Highlights: Varun C & Russell star for Kolkata as KKR begin with a bang

IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 20, 2021 11:38:53 pm
IPL 2021, KKR vs RCBIPL 2021, KKR vs RCB Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets.

IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets in their Indian Premier League match on Monday. Chasing a paltry 93 for a win, Shubman Gill (48) and debutant Venkatesh Iyer (41 not out) stitched 82 runs for the opening wicket as KKR reached 94/1 in just 10 overs.

Earlier, electing to bat, RCB were bundled out for 92 with Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy taking three wickets apiece for 9 and 13 runs respectively.

Brief Scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 92 all out in 19 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 22; Varun Chakravarthy 3/13, Andre Russell 3/9, Lockie Ferguson 2/24).

Kolkata Knight Riders: 94/1 in 10 overs (Shubman Gill 48, Venkatesh Iyer 41 not out)

Match EndedIndian Premier League, 2021 - Match 31

Kolkata Knight Riders

94/1 (10.0)

Royal Challengers Bangalore

92 (19.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 31 )
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets

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IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB Highlights:

22:53 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Varun Chakravarthy is the Player of the Match

He says he would like to give credit to the bowlers who bowled in the powerplay for the discipline. "There wasn't much in the pitch. Wasn't much spin on offer so I had to keep it on the stumps. I thought it was out (the hattrick ball) but just saw the replay that there was an inside edge. Definitely made me feel better." 'I started very late in my career. Now getting picked for India gives me a sense of acceptance.'

22:38 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Kohli weighs in

"It was important to get a good partnership on this surface. We didn't expect that much dew to kick in so early, we couldn't have predicted that. We were 42-odd for one and then lost about five wickets within 20 runs from there, which is a very difficult situation to come back from. Bit of a collapse there for us, bit of a wake-up call and might as well have this at the start of the second leg so that we know exactly what we need to work on."

22:34 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Shubman Gill speaks

"We were determined to make a comeback and we did well in all departments. Hope we go forward and qualify for the playoffs. It was a bold statement. It was a plan to get the net run-rate going. Iyer was batting well in the practice games as well, and to make a debut and perform so well, it was very pleasing to watch. It felt good, except the way I got out, but I'll get to my fifty next match"

22:22 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Winning with most balls to spare in IPL

87 MI v KKR Mumbai 2008
76 KTK v RR Indore 2011
73 PBKS v DC Mohali 2017
71 RCB v PBKS Indore 2018
60 KKR v RCB Abu Dhabi 2021 *

22:22 (IST)20 Sep 2021
KKR win

Venkatesh Iyer hits back to back fours to take Knight Riders to victory. What a debut!!! He completes the hammering by nailing a pull through midwicket.

22:18 (IST)20 Sep 2021

The partnership is finally broken as Chahal takes Shubman Gill. He gets caught by Siraj. Gill slices this high up in the air. No mistake from Siraj coming in from the long-off boundary. KKR 82/1 after 9.1 overs

22:12 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Almost there:

The target seems near now as Venkatesh Iyer goes reverse and swats it over backward point for a 4. Worked out well for him because it was the googly that was pretty shot. KKR 75/0 after 8 overs

22:10 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Another 6

Another cracking 6 by Gill as RCB bowlers don't have any idea on how to break this partnership. KKR 70/0 after 7.4 overs

22:07 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Steady partnership going

Iyer and Gill have got a steady partnership going with 62 off 43 balls. Kolkata Knight Riders need 31 runs in 78 balls. KKR 62/0 after 7 overs


22:03 (IST)20 Sep 2021
The big-eyes appeal

Excitement makes Varun Chakravarthy wide-eyed. That’s probably the only piece of discernible emotion in a calm exterior, sometimes veering towards unassuming even. The mystery spinner had a valid reason to be excited. First he took the mickey out of Glenn Maxwell by flicking his fingers over the ball, and then made short work of debutant Wanindu Hasaranga. On a hat-trick, Varun thought he had Kyle Jamieson out leg-before; convinced enough to readily ask for a review. He proposed, his captain disposed. Eoin Morgan was rather convinced about an inside edge and the pleading fell on deaf ears. Varun’s emotional overload needed Morgan’s indifference to neuter and the skipper was right. In the grand scheme of things, the 30-year-old could well be India’s trump card in the T20 World Cup next month. That’s though with a rider; he needs to stay fit.

21:59 (IST)20 Sep 2021
50 up for KKR

KKR crosses 50 runs as he hits Chahal for a four. Away-drift and turn in from India's premier leg-spinner, and Shubman Gill plants his foot and launch a slog-sweep away towards long-on for four! KKR 56/0 after four overs

21:54 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Gill and Iyer on song

Jamieson gets hit for a 4 by Gill to long-off. He charges down once again and cross-bats this flat to the long-off boundary. A free hit in the same over gets hit for another 4. Venkatesh Iyer hits a 6 in the last ball of the over. KKR 45/0 after 5 overs.

21:48 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Iyer on a roll

Debutant Hasaranga gets hit for a four as Iyer slams it to deep extra cover. 7 off the over. Kolkata Knight Riders 29/0 after 4 overs

21:39 (IST)20 Sep 2021
KKR start quick

Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer start toying with RCB bowlers as soon as the innings started. The debutant Iyer has hit 2 fours while Gill has hit one. Two back to back wides in the second over. KKR 20 after 2 overs

21:21 (IST)20 Sep 2021
A night to forget for RCB

Lowest totals for RCB in IPL:
49 v KKR Kolkata 2017
70 v RR Abu Dhabi 2014
70 v CSK Chennai 2019
82 v KKR Bengaluru 2008
87 v CSK Port Elizabeth 2009
92 v KKR Abu Dhabi 2021 *

21:20 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Varun Chakravarthy speaks:

"It was a very disciplined bowling performance. I'm happy to do whatever the coach and the captain want me to do, be it bowling the first over or come back later. We did work a lot even during the last phase, credit goes to the team management. The plan was to attack the stumps, the ball was doing a bit initially, now it has flattened, so we just stuck to our plans."

21:18 (IST)20 Sep 2021
All gone!!

Andre Russell back in attack. Takes out Siraj.  Low full toss, Siraj shuffles and scoops. Makes decent contact with his premeditative stroke but ends up hitting it straight down fine leg's throat. RCB 92 all out in 19 overs

21:06 (IST)20 Sep 2021
RCB down to its last wicket

Ferguson bowls out Harshal Patel. Off-pace yorker was the leg-cutter. Patel backed away, cleared his front leg and tried to squeeze it away. Only managed an under-edge as the ball deflected onto his stumps. RCB 83/9

21:04 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Chakravarthy on fire

Varun Chakravarthy's figures in an impressive 4-0-13-3. He has taken Hasaranga, Sachin Baby and Jamieson

20:59 (IST)20 Sep 2021
Another down as horror show continues

Jamieson is run out. As Harshal Patel drills the ball down the pitch, Chakravarthy deflects the ball onto the stumps as he dives to his right in an attempt to stop it. Jamieson can't get back in time. RCB 77/8 after 15.3 overs.


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