IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders outplay Bangalore, register a massive 9-wicket win
Abu Dhabi: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets in their Indian Premier League match here on Monday.
Chasing a paltry 93 for a win, Shubman Gill (48) and debutant Venkatesh Iyer (41 not out) stitched 82 runs for the opening wicket as KKR reached 94/1 in just 10 overs.
Earlier, electing to bat, RCB were bundled out for 92 with Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy taking three wickets apiece for 9 and 13 runs respectively.
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RCB captain Virat Kohli observed that the grass covering on the pitch was there to hold the surface together. He also believed that the pitch will slow down as the game progresses.
Kohli, playing his 200th IPL match, said that Monday’s match is special for his team due to wearing blue jerseys, as a mark of tribute for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 92 all out in 19 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 22; Varun Chakravarthy 3/13, Andre Russell 3/9, Lockie Ferguson 2/24).
Kolkata Knight Riders: 94/1 in 10 overs (Shubman Gill 48, Venkatesh Iyer 41 not out).
KKR Playing XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (captain), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy and Prasidh Krishna
RCB Playing XI: Virat Kohli (captain), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal.