Strange things have happened over the last few days in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) suffered one such bad day at the office after locking horns against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The Virat Kohli-led side put on its best bowling effort with Mohammed Siraj leading the pack with a sensational new ball spell upfront and it led RCB to a comfortable win in the end.
After opting to bat first, nothing went KKR’s way. Siraj spit venom with each of his deliveries in his opening spell. He got the better of Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Tom Banton in his first two overs to leave the opposition stunned. Navdeep Saini also struck at the other end to send back Shubman Gill as KKR were reduced to 14/4 in the fourth over itself.
Siraj also became the first ever bowler to deliver two maiden overs in an IPL match in the process. KKR also registered the fifth lowest powerplay score in the IPL ever. There were hopes from Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan then to take the team to a respectable total. However, that wasn’t to be. The duo added 18 runs in more than five overs only for the former to be nipped in front of the stumps by Yuzvendra Chahal.
The leggie also stifled Pat Cummins to leave KKR reeling at 40/6 in the 13th over of the innings. Runs were hard to come by but their skipper Eoin Morgan fought it out somehow to muster 30 runs off 34 balls with three fours and a six. However, when he attempted to take the attack to the opposition, the southpaw got out to Washington Sundar.
KKR could reach 84 in their 20 overs only due to the partnership between Lockie Ferguson and Kuldeep Yadav. They added 27 runs together even as the franchise named an embarrassing record of scoring the lowest total after batting for the whole 20 overs. For RCB, Siraj ended with magical figures of 3/8 in his four overs while Chahal and Sundar also went for only 28 runs in eight overs sharing three wickets between them.
Walk in the park for RCB
The 85-run target was never going to challenge the star-studded batting line-up of RCB. Their openers, Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal started off cautiously and then played some brilliant strokes to take advantage of the powerplay Finch walked down the wicket for the pacers to tackle swing and was quite successful in it. But on the only occasion when he stayed in his crease, the Australian edged one behind to the keeper off Lockie Ferguson.
Padikkal, at the other end, cleared the in-field a couple of times and was looking good to finish the chase. But he was involved in a mix-up with Gurkeerat Singh and was out on 25. However, RCB skipper Virat Kohli walked out then and made sure there were no more hiccups in the chase to get over the line in the 14th over of the innings. With this win, they also climbed up to the second position while the fight for the fourth place has livened up now in the IPL.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Fans would be sleeping early tonight. This is happening for the first time this season when CSK isn't involved. 😭#IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) October 21, 2020
Most fours hit in IPL:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 21, 2020
— Gurbinder Kaur (@GKS_18) October 21, 2020
So basically 2 #Punjabis representing @RCBTweets are having fun on the pitch and making the #Bengali blaaaad boil for @KKRiders which actually doesn't have any Bangaaalis in the team #RCBvsKKR #IPL2020
— Siddharth Sinha (@siddsin79) October 21, 2020
— Dr. Vinay Sharma (@SharmaWrittings) October 21, 2020
— SaCHiN ShArMA (@Courageous_Me_) October 21, 2020
— Abhidatta Baral (@AbhidattaBaral) October 21, 2020
Still remember what KKR did after that game in 2017! Cutting a cake with ‘Play Bowled’ written on it. Revenge is sweet but we will be classier 😎
— Ajith Ramamurthy (@Ajith_tweets) October 21, 2020
In the last game Fergusan was the best #KKR bowler on this surface. He doesn’t get to bowl in the power-play overs while the team is defending a paltry total. He comes to bowl when #RCB needs 39 to win. 🤔🧐 #IPL2020 #KKRvRCB
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 21, 2020
— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) October 21, 2020
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 21, 2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 21, 2020
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) October 21, 2020
Si-raj.. King spell from him #KKRvRCB
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) October 21, 2020
( 📷 Source: IPL/BCCI) pic.twitter.com/L65f0c829B
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 21, 2020
Hope everyone who wanted to watch low-scoring games, is happy #RCBvKKR
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) October 21, 2020
RCB just defeated both KKR and the second strategic time out.
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) October 21, 2020
Tells you how much Kohli loves batting!
RCB needed 1 run to win and he ran two runs!
Stay same, @imVkohli!🤞
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 21, 2020
Virat Kohli even after requiring 1 run to win, ran 2 runs there to seal the game. His love for twos is totally commendable.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 21, 2020
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 21, 2020
Mohammed Siraj ends the match with a Bowling Impact of +28.
That makes it the equal most valuable bowling performance we've seen this #IPL2020 season, alongside Mohammed Shami's 3-15 against Delhi Capitals.
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) October 21, 2020
Such a disappointing match. #KKR need to seriously reconsider their top order. And also get Narine back into the playing side
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 21, 2020
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