KKR suffer massive defeat at the hands of RCB!
Galatta | Oct 22, 2020, 12:39 am
In what was expected to be a clash of equals, KKR and RCB took the field today and KKR won the toss and decided to bat first! They had a quiet start with just 3 runs off the first over before Mohammed Siraj changed the course of the match with his very first over, the second of the match! He took 2 wickets for no runs and Saini took out Shubman Gill in the next over to leave KKR on 13/3 after 3 overs! Siraj came back to remove Banton in the next over to leave KKR in tatters with another wicket maiden, creating a record of sorts! And Siraj became the first ever bowler to bowl 2 maidens in a single IPL game! Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik, the last recognised batting pair for KKR, tried to rebuild the innings but Karthik fell LBW to Chahal, which was granted out after a review. By the end of 10 overs, KKR were 36/5 and looking at a major defeat. However, Morgan was still at the crease, providing some sort of hope for the fans!
Chahal and Sundar tightened the screws and had Pat Cummins stranded on one end before he holed out to Padikkal for 4 off 17 balls. Kuldeep Yadav joined Morgan and the two played out a number of lean overs, before Morgan tried to hit out. Unfortunately, he too got out to Sundar for 30 off 34 balls, leaving KKR on 57/7! Kuldeep Yadav tried to force the scoring but was run-out off the last ball of the innings with KKR on 84/8! This was the lowest score ever for any team in the IPL, without losing all their wickets! RCB had achieved a number of records, including the maximum number of maiden overs in an innings and Siraj clinched it for 2 maidens from the same bowler. RCB needed just 85 to win and get their Net Run Rate boosted by quite a bit. The lowest total defended in the IPL is the 116 that was successfully defended by CSK against KXIP! But then, that was years ago!
RCB had a nervy start to their innings but steadily reached 44 for no loss in their Powerplay. In the very next over, Lockie Ferguson got Adam Finch and Padikkal was run-out to leave RCB at 46/2 at the end of the 7th over. Despite losing two quick wickets, RCB were well and truly in the game and Kohli and Gurkeerat Singh showed their class by taking RCB to victory in the 14th over with 39 balls to spare and by 8 wickets! This massive win gave RCB's Net Run Rate (NRR) a huge boost and took them to the second place on the Points Table, making the three way race to the top 3, all the more serious! Mohammed Siraj, who had a dream run with the ball, was adjudged the Player of the Match! Things are getting interesting in the top half of the table and it would sure be interesting to see who the 4 teams are, who qualify for the Playoffs! Stay tuned!