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RCB vs KKR Eliminator, IPL 2021 Highlights: Narine helps KKR beat RCB by 4 wickets

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights: KKR defeat RCB by 4 wickets as they enter Qualifier 2

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: October 11, 2021 11:44:52 pm
RCB VS KKR, IPL 2021 Eliminator

Sunil Narine gave glimpses of his ‘old mystery’ with the ball and then topped it up with three monster sixes as Kolkata Knight Riders’ four-wicket victory in an exciting ‘Eliminator’ dashed Virat Kohli’s dream of winning an IPL trophy while leading Royal Challengers Bangalore. KKR will now meet Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier on Wednesday to decide Chennai Super Kings’ rivals for the title clash on October 15.

Narine, who had to remodel his action after coming under the scanner due to a suspect action multiple times, singlehandedly “eliminated” Royal Challengers Bangalore with bowling figures of 4 for 21.

Match EndedIndian Premier League, 2021 - Eliminator

Royal Challengers Bangalore

138/7 (20.0)

Kolkata Knight Riders

139/6 (19.4)
Match Ended ( Day - Eliminator )
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets

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RCB vs KKR Eliminator, IPL 2021 Highlights:

23:13 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Jack. Pause. Gently. Open. Box 😤 🆒 👹 🆒 😤

It was on the fifth delivery of the 11th over. Venkatesh Iyer had just received a reprieve in the previous over when Shahbaz Ahmed got into the classical muddle of hands cupped up or down. The convoluted ramp shot was dipping at an angle on Ahmed and it bounced off his confused palms for a royal pop. It was here that Virat Kohli had made visible peace with it next over, and stood still like a rifle shooter on a range, minus the rifle or a target, for that matter. With his hands crossed behind his back. This was right after the umpire had summoned him for a 'chill, Captain' lecture. And very soon after Iyer was dropped, and had stuck his tongue out like a mischief-tot and traced the curve of the shot, reliving the moment in relief of the dropped catch. Kohli in the meantime composed himself, shook his head like a sage, and moved on. Iyer would soon perish, caught behind from a chunky edge. And Kohli would return to his nerve-popping celebration, a bit abbreviated though. Like a roar-lite. Then take a deep breath and adopt a monk's visage. Until the next wicket fetched up. The calm between storms was growing longer in Kohli-land

23:05 (IST)11 Oct 2021
KKR win by 4 wickets

And Christian has been hit for a 4 by Shakib. The pressure has lifted. And it's all over. KKR has beaten RCB by 4 wickets

23:02 (IST)11 Oct 2021
19 overs gone

Garton to bowl the penultimate over. Just 5 from it. KKR need 7 from 6 balls in the last over. KKR 132/6 after 19 overs

22:56 (IST)11 Oct 2021
KKR six down

And now Karthik is gone. KKR might just throw this one away. RCB right back in it. It's taken upstairs and it's finally given out. KKR in a mess. KKR 126/6 after 17.4 overs.

22:51 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Siraj takes Narine

Siraj to finish his spell now. And he takes the wicket of Narine. Surely not? 150 T20 wickets for Siraj as he bowled him Narine goes for 26. KKR 125/5 after 17.2 overs

22:47 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Harshal ends spell

Patel comes in to bowl his last over of the match. And DDP has dropped a catch. Can he get number 33? Nope. Very nice over to finish though. Just 4 off it. KKR 124/4 after 17 overs.

22:43 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Knights chipping away

Katthik hits a four to start Maxwell's over. Knights keep chipping away. 8 runs off this over. KKR 120/4 after 16 overs.

22:34 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Chahal picks Rana

And Rana is taken now. Chahal picks up another wicket. Rana going for a poor-shot choice, giving RCB a sniff in. KKR 110/4 after 14.2 overs.

22:24 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Narine goes berserk

Narine hits back to back sixers!!! What a night this man is having. First with the ball, now with the ball. Christain is distraught. And another 6 to finish the over. And a wide. Oh dear! Christian is not having the best of overs. 22 runs off this one. KKR 101/3 after 12 overs.

22:18 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Iyer gone

And Patel has taken Iyer. Just as the partnership was forming. RCB needed this wicket. That is 32 wickets for Harshal this season, and he ties with Bravo for most wickets in an IPL season. Bharat dives to his right to take this. KKR 79/3 after 11 overs.

22:10 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Rana running away

And Rana has picked it up. A huge 6 off Maxwell.What a reverse sweep!! And Rana ends the over with a 4. Giving Maxwell the Maxwell treatment. 13 off this over. KKR 73/2 after 10 overs.

22:07 (IST)11 Oct 2021
KKR slowing down

Chahal is brought back to bowl the 9th over. Quiet overs for KKR since Gill departed. Weirdly mirroring the RCB innings. Just 4 off this over. KKR 61/2 after 9 overs.

22:01 (IST)11 Oct 2021
And Tripathi walks

Chahal is brought into the attack. And he gets Iyer. Second wicket down. Game is turning. Huge appeal for leg before, but not given. Kohli reviews. The ball strikes Tripathi's front pad as he looks to jab at that but is beaten. Hits him just above his knee after pitching on a good length outside off, and turning sharply into him. No inside edge is confirmed by UltraEdge. And replays show the ball would have taken the leg stump. KKR 53/2 after 7 overs.

21:49 (IST)11 Oct 2021

Final over of the powerplay. Can RCB do some damage to KKR by taking one of these openers or will KKR inflict more damage to the Royal Challengers. Patel to attack. And that's what they needed. Gill tries to hit it and he goes. KKR 41/1 after 5.2 overs

21:42 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Hattrick of 4s

Gill starts Garton's over with a 4. Beautiful shot. Straight down the field. And another one. Explosive. Just explosive. And another to follow. This one was lucky. It's 3 fours in a row. Vey good over for KKR. 15 off this one. KKR 34/0 after 4 overs.

21:34 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Iyer goes higher

Garton in to bowl the second over. And a Sixxxxxxxxxxx. Thought it would be a slow over but oh no. Iyer puts it over the boundary. First six of the match if you can believe it. KKR 16/0 after 2 overs.

21:29 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Gill with a 4

Gill hits a 4 right off the bat. Siraj is clobbered in the 4th ball of the first over.  7 off the over. KKR 7/0 after 1 over.

21:26 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Chase starts

Siraj will start with the new ball. As usual, Knight Riders will expect some stability from Gill and Iyer.

21:18 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Sharma on a slow-turning rotisserie 🕵️‍♂️🍢🌯☝🏼

It was the slowest decison by the on-field umpire Virender Sharma and the quickest reversal by the third umpire Anil Chaudhary. Shahbaz Ahmed had gone for a reverse sweep off Varun Chakravarthy and it hit the edge and deviated the width of two stumps almost to hit his pad. Chakravarthy appealed. And appealed. Shahbaz ran and reached the other end when Virender decided to wilt and put his finger up. The other batsman Glenn Maxwell was shocked and said "it hit bat!'. Third umpire had one look and decided 'clearly off the bat', and said he didn't need any more replays or hawk-eye etc. And that was that.

21:11 (IST)11 Oct 2021
RCB finish at 138/7 after 20 overs

Mavi to bowl the last over.  This innings has not had a single six thus far. Can it change in this over? A no ball and the free hit is punished for a 4 by Patel. And another wicket falls for RCB. Run-out at the bowler's end. Too ambitious to go for a second run after that misfield. RCB are 7 down now. 12 off the last over. RCB 138/7 after 20 overs

RCB captain Virat Kohli in action (IPL)

On the face of it, this is an IPL Eliminator, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah. But from RCB captain Virat Kohli’s perspective, this game probably presents a bigger picture. Kohli will step down from IPL captaincy at the end of this year’s tournament, and Monday’s game could well be his last as the Bangalore-based franchise’s skipper, after nine years in charge. The decision announced during the middle of the tournament eases some of the pressure on captain Kohli, for it takes away the debaters’ privilege to demand his removal, if he fails again to win the title. Still, another trophy-less season would see critics sharpen their knives, pointing towards an empty cabinet. (READ MORE)

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