Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), riding on opener Chris Lynn’s 62 and Robin Uthappa’s 36, with 5 balls to spare, at the M.Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday.
The win, which came after two straight losses, took KKR to the fourth spot with eight points while RCB is at seventh spot with four points.
Chasing 176, the visitors got off to a perfect start as Lynn and Sunil Narine (27) forged 59-run partnership in 7.1 overs before the West Indian departed by Murugan Ashwin.
New batsman Uthappa and Lynn then played sensibly and punished the bad balls. The duo managed to take Kolkata past 100-run mark. But just when things seemed good in the middle, Uthappa was dismissed by Ashwin in the 13th over.
New batsman Nitish Rana (15), who was looking good at the crease, got retired hurt.
All-rounder Andre Russel (0) and Dinesh Karthik (23) were also sent packing soon but at that time Lynn has already put his team on the front foot and then went on to complete the proceeding in the last over with Shubman Gill (5 not out).
For RCB, Ashwin and Mohammed Siraj took two wickets each.
Earlier, put into bat, Bangalore started on a cautious note as openers Quinton de Kock (29 off 27) and Brendon McCullum (38 off 28) shared a 67-run partnership for the first wicket.
Later, skipper Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 68-run knock off 44 balls helped the home side to post a respectable total of 175/4.
For Kolkata, Russel was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/31 while Kuldeep scalped a wicket for 20 runs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the RCB’s loss against KKR:
As always it is only Virat Kohli who wants to do everything to win the game for his side.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 29, 2018
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) April 29, 2018
— RK (@RK_sports) April 29, 2018
.@RCBtweets can still qualify to the last four. Need to win at least six from the remaining seven!
Remember they had won seven consecutive games in 2011 (22 Apr to 14 May) after winning just one from their first four! Went on to reach final!
Time to #ReinventYourGame #RCBvKKR
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 29, 2018
Fee bad for Kohli every time I see him speak at the post match presentation. Very strong words from him today. Team has to realize one man cannot win you all the games, it has to be a collective effort. #RCBvsKKR
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 29, 2018
Brilliant catch by Kohli, but in a lost cause at this stage. @RCBTweets let down by bowling again. And fielding below par too
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 29, 2018
— Manya (@CSKian716) April 29, 2018
Virat Kohli scoring runs and bowlers leaking runs is like Dad earns hard money and kids spending lavishly…
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 29, 2018
Virat Kohli looks dejected. Gotta feel for him. Batted brilliantly again, played a much better team without AB and still the same story. #IPL2018
— Shuβh Aggarwal (@shubh_chintak) April 29, 2018
— Akash RS🇮🇳 (@ViratBomB) April 29, 2018
— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) April 29, 2018
— Everyday Quiz (@RealHistoryPicx) April 29, 2018
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 29, 2018
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) April 29, 2018