Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) registered their fifth victory in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 after they thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by a massive margin of 82 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Chasing the challenging target of 195, Knight Riders never looked in any rhythm whatsoever. England’s young gun Tom Banton, who was playing his first game in IPL, failed to impress as Navdeep Saini dismissed him for 8 runs.
Nitish Rana (9) and Shubman Gill (34) added 28 runs for the first wicket before Washington Sundar send Rana back into the dugout.
Soon KKR lost three more wickets in the form of Gill, Dinesh Karthik (1), and Eoin Morgan (8).
Andre Russell (16) did try to accelerate the innings in the 14th over but failed to go long.
In the end, KKR could only reach 112/9, losing the game by 82 runs.
For RCB, Chris Morris and Sundar picked up two wickets each while Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Isuru Udana and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged one wicket apiece.
De Villiers’ masterclass took RCB to 194/6
Earlier, after electing to bat first, RCB openers Devdutt Padikkal (32) and Aaron Finch (47) started brilliantly. The duo added 67 runs before Russell castled Padikkal’s stumps.
After Padikkal’s dismissal, the run-rate dropped as both Finch and Virat Kohli (33 not out) were finding it difficult to score runs quickly. Due to the excessive pressure, Finch went for a glory shot in the 13th over bowled by Prasidh Krishana but missed the line and got cleaned up.
Then came the spinal column of RCB, AB de Villiers (73 not out), who completely changed the course of the match. He took KKR bowlers to the cleaners and completed his another half-century this season in just 23 deliverers. Kohli also supported his teammate as the pair stitched up a 100-run partnership to take RCB to 194/6.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
ABsolutely Devilliers.🔥🔥 #RCBvsKKR
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) October 12, 2020
— Nushrratt Bharuccha (@Nushrratt) October 12, 2020
Lowest individual innings in the match by #RCB was Padikkal- 32 runs
Best innings by #KKR was Gill-34 runs!
The 82 runs defeat for KKR is easy to understand.
Chahal-Sundar excellent in spin department. Things are finally falling in place for RCB. #RCBvsKKR #KKRvsRCB #IPL2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 12, 2020
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) October 12, 2020
Kohli watching AB bat like
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) October 12, 2020
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) October 12, 2020
Genius. Find me another word for @ABdeVilliers17. This one will do for now! Genius.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 12, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 12, 2020
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) October 12, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 12, 2020
This is a massive win for #PlayBold Improves their NRR. 5 wins at halfway stage. Three more will see them through…and with this team, they should manage more than just three out of 7. #IPL2020 #RCBvKKR
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 12, 2020
In a batters game @yuzi_chahal should get MOM here,incredible figures especially as it’s in Sharjah 👏
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) October 12, 2020
Yuzvendra Chahal 4 overs 13 dot balls 12 runs & big wicket of Dinesh Karthik
Washington Sundar 4 overs 8 dot balls 20 runs & wickets of Nitish Rana & Eoin Morgan
Spinners: 8-0-32-3 with 21 dot balls
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 12, 2020
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 12, 2020
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) October 12, 2020
The perfect game for @RCBTweets!
Out of form opener got runs.
Got out just at the right time to get AB in.
AB does AB things to finish with an above-par score
All bowlers chip, plans executed to perfection
A big win to boost the NRR
This is your year, RCB. Good luck! #KKRvRCB
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 12, 2020
Washy washing everything ashore #RCBvsKKR
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) October 12, 2020