KKR vs RCB: Shubman Gill in action vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.© BCCI/IPL
After winning the toss and opting to bat first Royal Challengers (RCB) posted runs after their first innings against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their first match of the UAE-leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Shiekh Zayed Stadium. All the RCB batsmen failed to perform as earlier KKR pacers and then mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy didn’t let the batters to fire. Chakravarthy ended his four overs with the figures of 3/13, Russell also got three wickets and, apart from them Lokie Ferguson, got two wickets and Prasidh Krishna got one wicket. Now all eyes are on KKR batsmen on how they will go in this low chase. (LIVE SCORECARD)
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2021 Match 31 Highlights From Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
KKR Win By 9 Wickets!
Back to back boundaries for KKR and they won the game by 9 wickets. Shubman Gill missed out his fifty just by 2 runs but his opening mate Venkatesh Iyer held the crease till the end.
Chahal to Gill, OUT, easy catch for Mohammed Siraj. Shubman Gill departs after scoring 48 runs. RCB got first breakthrough but it’s too late now.
Shubman Gill c Siraj b Chahal 48(34) (4s-6 6s-1)
KKR Nearing Victory!
Cracking SIX from Shubman Gill, stepped up and picked the googly from Hasaranga. KKR nearing the victory line.
KKR 68/0, need 25 runs to win
KKR Need 37 Runs From 14 Overs To Win!
KKR need 37 runs from 86 balls to win the match vs RCB. Till now openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer dominated the RCB bowlers and they are looking to complete a low chase soon to boost up their net run-rate as well.
KKR 56/0 after 6 overs
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Chahal to Gill, FOUR, sweeps to deep square leg. KKR batters want to end the game early.
KKR In Dominating Position!
After the fifth over KKR have 45 runs on the board with a SIX off the last ball of the Kyle Jamieson’s over.
KKR 45/0 after 5 overs
Jamieson to Shubman Gill, FOUR, to long-off. Inside out and nicely played by Gill.
Jamieson to Shubman Gill, FOUR, to long-off. Good start of the over.
Good Start From KKR!
KKR off to a good start as Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer are going strong in a low chase of 93 runs. RCB need wickets to be in the game.
KKR 29/0 after 4 overs
Hasaranga to Iyer, FOUR, to long off. Good shot and he is proving the point of being sent as a opener.
Jamieson to Gill, FOUR, to long on. Stepped out and got the result with his timing.
Siraj to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR, What a shot that was from Iyer to deep extra cover. Brilliantly placed to the gap.
Siraj to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR, cracking shot from the debutant to square of the wicket
Ventakesh Opening For KKR!
Not Nitish Rana, it’s debutant Venkatesh Iyer opening along with Subhman Gill for KKR.
Dot Ball To Start!
Dot ball from Mohammad Siraj to start the second innings.
RCB 92 All Out!
Russell to Siraj, OUT, caught by captain Eoin Morgan. Third wicket for Andre Russell.
RCB all out for 92 runs.
KKR need 93 runs to win.
Krishna to Siraj, FOUR, cuts to third man.
RCB 89/9 in 18 overs. Can they go past 100-run mark?
RCB Nine Down!
Ninth wicket down for RCB, Ferguson bowled Harshal Patel.
Harshal Patel b Ferguson 12(10) (4s-2)
Ferguson to Harshal Patel, FOUR to the third man. RCB need more boundaries now!!! Every run is important for them.
Brilliant Spell From Chakravarthy!
End of a brilliant spell from Varun Chakravarthy.
Three wickets and he conceded just 13 runs in his four overs quota.
RCB 79/8 after 16 overs
Chakravarthy to Harshal, looks like a run out and yes the review clearly shows Varun got his hands on the ball as it drills down the pitch to the non-striker’s end.
Jamieson run out (Chakravarthy) 4(12)
Much Needed Boundary!
Narine to Harshal Patel, FOUR, to third man. Much needed boundary for RCB.
Third Wicket For Chakravarthy!
Chakravarthy to Sachin Baby, OUT, good catch by by Nitish Rana. Third wicket for Chakravarthy.
Chakravarthy With His Mystery Spin!
Varun Chakravarthy bowled with tight line and length till now and took two wicket of Glenn Maxwell and Wanindu Hasaranga today. The mystery spinner is also part of the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE. The way he bowled till now clearly showed he is packed with confidence after being selected in the national side for the marque event starting next month.
TWO in TWO for Chakravarthy!
Chakravarthy to Hasaranga, OUT LBW!!
Debutant Hasaranga got out on a duck. KKR are on top now.
Hasaranga lbw b Chakravarthy 0(1)
Chakravarthy to Maxwell, OUT BOWLED!! Maxwell was looking for a big shot but missed the line completely. RCB are five wickets down now.
Maxwell b Chakravarthy 10(17)
RCB 60/4 in 11 overs!
Ferguson to Maxwell, dot ball on the from the free-hit. How often we see a dot ball on free-hit!! Excellent yorker from Ferguson
RCB 60/4 after 11 overs
All Eyes On Maxwell!
RCB are at 54/4 after 10 overs. As of now they lost Kohli, ABD, Padikkal, Bharat and now their this year’s most crucial investment Glenn Maxwell has a lot to do along with Sachin Baby who is playing for the first time in IPL since 2017.
ABD Gone For A Duck!
Russell to de Villiers, OUT Bowled. Big wicket for KKR.
ABD gone a duck!!!!
AB de Villiers b Russell 0(1)
Russell to Bharat, OUT caught by Shubman Gill. Third wicket goes down for RCB.
Srikar Bharat c Gill b Russell 16(19) (4s-1)
RCB are trusting their first half batting order only there’s is change in Number 3 where KS Bharat is batting today. Glenn Maxwell came in at No. 4 while it looks like ABD will continue at No.5.
RCB 51/2 after 8 overs.
Feguson to Padikkal, OUT, caught behind by Dinesh Karthik on the last ball of the powerplay.
Padikkal c Karthik b Ferguson 22(20) (4s-3)
RCB 41/2 after 6 overs
Ferguson to Devdutt Padikkal, FOUR, What a shot to backward point. RCB making most of the final few balls in the powerplay overs.
Narine to Bharat, FOUR, inside out and played nicely to deep extra covers. Bharat is proving why he was promoted ahead of ABD and Maxwell.
Another free hit and this time Padikkal made no mistake, pushed the ball to the fine leg for a boundary.
Back To Back No Balls!
Krishna to Bharat, no ball again, 1 run. Free hit still on the next ball.
No AB, No Maxwell At No. 3!
Not AB de Villiers, not Glenn Maxwell at No.3 for RCB yet again. In the first half in India they went with Rajat Patidar for Number 3 also Shabhaz Ahmed in few matches but here they sent debutant KS Bharat in the middle. Bharat was the part of the Indian Test side last month in England and that confidence of sharing the dressing room with senior players of the national set up might have helped the youngster.
Ferguson to Padikkal, FOUR, to long on. Picked up the length early and the youngster is continuing from where he left in the first half.
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