Maxwell, de Villiers turn out too good for KKR
Royal Challengers Bangalore have made it three-in-three in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), as they handed Kolkata Knight Riders a 38-run defeat in Chennai on Sunday.
In reply to Bangalore’s mammoth 204 for four, Kolkata’s innings ended on 166 for eight. This is Kolkata’s second consecutive loss, following their victory in the first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, Bangalore were boosted by Glenn Maxwell’s second fifty on the trot. This time, Maxwell scored 78 off 49 balls with the help of 9 fours and 3 sixes.
But just when Maxwell looked poised for a three-digit score, he was caught by Pat Cummins off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh in the last delivery of 17th over.
But despite Maxwell’s departure, Kolkata found no respite, as AB de Villiers were already in the middle, and finished the innings for the Virat Kohli-led side in style. His unbeaten 76 off 34 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes made sure RCB cross the 200-run mark.
For Kolkata, Varun Chakravarthy took two wickets for 39 runs, while Cummins and Prasidh Krishna took one wicket apiece. Harbhajan bowled four overs but remained wicketless, conceding 38 runs. Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell bowled two overs each, giving away 24 and 38 runs, respectively.
In reply, Kolkata top four batsmen got set in the middle, but each of them failed to get going. As a result, after the departure of captain Eoin Morgan who scored 29 off 23 balls, KKR were still trailing by 91 runs from 38 balls.
The 41-run partnership between Shakib and Russell for the sixth wicket showed a ray of hope, but once Shakib was bowled by Kyle Jamieson scoring a 25-ball-26, KKR’s chase towards victory somehow became a race against time.
Even Russell had nothing much left to do with it. He was bowled by Harshal Patel in the final over of the match, scoring 31 off 20 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. But the match was already lost by then.
Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers for RCB, as he grabbed three wickets for 41 runs in three overs. Harshal took two for 17 runs in his four overs, while Yuzvendra Chahal also got two.
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 204 for four in 20 overs (Maxwell 78, de Villiers 76*; Chakravarthy 2/39) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 166 for eight in 20 overs (Russell 31, Morgan 29; Jamieson 3/41) by 38 runs.