Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Eliminator
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wkts
RCB promised so much this season. A campaign they can be really proud of. But the dream of Kohli winning his first title before stepping down as captain is shattered. Today they were just floored by a T20 legend who was too good for them. So KKR continue their superb run in the UAE which has seen them become such a force. Can they go all the way? Up next is DC on Wednesday. We'll be back with you then. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Goodbye!
Narine | Player of the Match: Any good performance in a match-winning game is always good. Today was my day and made the best use of it. All wickets I enjoy. I'm not that close to what I was before but I'm getting there. Hard work is paying off. Always get some heartbeats before the game. But cool and calm during the game. Prefer to have the ball in hand which you can control.
Morgan | KKR captain: He makes it look very very easy [Narine]. On an improved wicket in Sharjah he bowled outstandingly. Throughout the innings we continued to take wickets post the first six overs. Then in the chase, being in control the whole time doesn't allow you to breathe as a defending side. Don't have to do a lot of moving [so many spinners]. Huge privilege. When it comes off like that it looks quite strong and deep. The way the wicket played we thought we have to bat quite deep. Onwards and upwards for us. For us it's a matter of coming back, adjusting and seeing what the wicket does. Looking forward to it. The cricket that we have played and the consistency we have shown has surprised everybody. He's a true legend of T20 cricket and we're delighted to have him [Narine].
Shubman Gill: Big win for us. When we were coming into the second leg not many gave us a chance of qualifying and getting to the playoffs. But the way everyone has played is tremendous and hopefully we will carry on the good form. I didn't have the best first leg in India but I knew that I was batting well and just a matter of spending time in the middle, that was the conversation with the coach. They [DC] are a really balanced team as we see it and hopefully we will give another cracker of a game. This was our third match here and coming again here we know what to expect from this wicket and I think right now everyone is adjusted to how the pitch plays and the conditions. I think we would have an edge against the Delhi Capitals. The first powerplay was totally against us but the way we came back with Varun and Sunny [Narine] bowling in the middle overs was tremendous, getting those key wickets and building pressure on them.
Virat Kohli: I think those middle overs where their spinners dominated the game was the difference. They kept bowling in tight areas and kept picking wickets. We had a great start and it was about quality bowling and not bad batting. They thoroughly deserve to win this one and be in the next round. The fight till the end with the ball has been the hallmark of our team. That one big over [22 runs] in the middle deflated our chances. We fought till the last over and made an amazing game out of it. 15 runs less with the bat and a couple of big overs with the ball cost us. Sunil Narine has always been a quality bowler and today he once again showed it. Shakib, Varun and him created pressure and didn't allow our batsmen to get away in the middle. [On him leaving captaincy at RCB] I have tried my best to create a culture here where youngsters could come in and play with freedom and belief. It is something I have done with India as well. I have given my best. I don't know how the response has been, but I have given 120% to this franchise every time, which is something I will now do as a player. It is a great time to regroup and restructure for the next three years with people who will take this ahead. [On him staying with RCB] Yes definitely, I don't see myself playing anywhere else. Loyalty matters more to me than worldly pleasures. I would be in the RCB till the last day I play in the IPL.
Virat Kohli as RCB captain in IPL
4 no results
- One Final appearance in IPL (2016)
- Two wooden spoon finishes (2017 & 2019)
21:36 Local Time, 17:36 GMT, 23:06 IST: A night that belonged to Sunil Narine, sinking RCB with a brilliant performance with both ball and bat. Kohli, de Villiers, Maxwell, all nipped out in a spell that read 4-0-21-4. The pitch wasn't the easiest, it seemed slow and two-paced. And RCB seemed to be in the game while defending 139, until Narine once again came out to spell doom for their hopes of a maiden IPL title. He smashed his first three balls for six, which should have killed the contest. Things somehow got a little tense towards the end with the game going into the final over, but Shakib got the crucial boundary off the first ball and KKR weren't going to blow it from there.
19.4 Christian to Shakib, 1 run, jams a yorker into the pitch and it's an easy single. RCB knocked out while KKR will play DC in the second qualifier
19.3 Christian to Morgan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, chopped in front of point for a quick single. Scores level with three balls left
19.2 Christian to Shakib, 1 run, dances down to a ball that's been shortened, tries to pull but gets a thick bottom-edge into the on-side
19.1 Christian to Shakib, FOUR, well they're not going to be alive for long. Shakib walks across and scoops a slower ball over short fine. Elation in the KKR dugout
Daniel Christian [1.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
Wow RCB are somehow still alive
KKR: 132-6 after 19 overs
18.6 George Garton to Morgan, no run, he goes for it but connects thin air. Ooooh we're going into the final over with KKR needing 7. Dug in short outside off, Morgan looks to pull but doesn't get close
18.5 George Garton to Shakib, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, Shakib whips it to fine leg. Last ball of the over. Does Morgan go for a big hit
18.4 George Garton to Morgan, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, steered down to third
18.3George Garton to Morgan, no run, 134kph, back of a length delivery wide of off, Morgan looks to cut but misses. Tense faces in the crowd. Some KKR fans look nervous
18.2 George Garton to Morgan, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, Morgan flicks in the gap for a couple
Pranav: Super Over, anyone?
18.1 George Garton to Shakib, 1 run, back of a length on middle, Shakib tucks it behind square
George Garton [2.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack