RCB chased down the total of 129 runs against KKR in the 20th over on Wednesday.
KKR: 128 (18.5 overs)
RCB: 132/7 (19.2 overs)
Kolkata Knight Riders after a successful run chase against Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of IPL 2022, faced Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Match 6 at DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Wednesday. RCB won the match against the Knights by 3 wickets with four balls to spare. Wanindu Hasaranga became Player of the Match by taking highest wickets for RCB.
RCB won the toss and opted to bowl first. After KKR’s batting line-up lost wickets in quick succession, the team managed to post a total of 128 runs as it got all out in 18.5 overs with Varun Chakravarthy as last standing (10 not out).
Andre Russell was the top scorer for KKR with 25 runs in 18 deliveries. RCB all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga took 4 wickets for 20 runs, while Akash Deep (3/45) and Harshal Patel (2/11) helped RCB in bowling.
The low scoring match turned into an interesting target chase. Skipper Shreyas Iyer’s Kolkata defended their best to win the match which led to similar situation in RCB’s dugout as they lost quick early wickets too.
Sherfane Rutherford (28 off 40) and Shahbaz Ahmed (27 off 20) partnership in between sailed the boat close to the victory land. Dinesh Karthik and Harshal Patel took the command in the last overs, especially when Karthik got saved after a missed run-out chance on the second ball of Venkatesh Iyer in the 19th over.
What just happened? – RCB Survived Run-out
Karthik hit the ball to backward point where Umesh Yadav couldn’t reach the catch. Patel took the single whilst Karthik was at the same striker’s end. KKR missed the chance of run-out as Yadav threw the ball at striker’s end, that missed and led Karthik reach the other end. Hilarious, isn’t it?
Patel went out for two boundaries later in the same over of Iyer and turned the equation to 7 from the 6 balls remaining. Karthik, who was on the strike, pulled a six on the first ball of Russell and a four in the next ball of 20th over. DK led RCB to a win against his old team in the nail-biting match.
After match 6, RCB stars Faf du Plessis (93 runs) and Wanindu Hasaranga (5 wickets) are orange and purple cap holders respectively. MI’s Ishan Kishan seconds the runs table whereas KKR’s Umesh Yadav and RCB’s Akash Deep with 4 wickets each are at second and third sport in the chart.
Take aways for RCB despite winning
RCB needs to gear up from the start in batting, bowling and most importantly fielding. There have been crucial matches for RCB where either-or has worked for them. Even after a high scoring total of 205 runs against Punjab Kings, RCB lost the match due to poor defence.
Whereas, the match against KKR turned into a nail-biting finish in low scoring total that reflected RCB batting side with top order dismissal. These types of performances will affect RCB’s game on points table in future due to margins of net run-rate that can cost them playoffs.
RCB Playing XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
KKR Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Published By: Manan Khurana
Edited By: Subbuthai padma