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Can RCB repeat their form from the first leg?
Hello and welcome to our live blog for match number 31. Eoin Morgan's Kolkata Knight Riders take on Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi. You can find out scorecard here
KKR WIN BY 9 WICKETS!What a beating RCB have taken, but take nothing away from KKR who were ever so clinical! This is one of the heaviest defeats in IPL history in terms of balls to spare with KKR chasing down the required 93 in just 10 overs! That's how heavy a blow it was! Shubman Gill was the only wicket to fall for 48 (off 34), but he was sublime while he was in, but how good was KKR's debutant Venkatesh Iyer? He struck back-to-back boundaries to take his side over the line unbeaten on 41 off 27. RCB were clueless and couldn't make inroads when required, but the game was as good as conceded in the first half.
KKR wouldn't have been as comfortable with the bat had it not been for the combined brilliance of Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy who broke the back of RCB's batting with double strikes in respective overs. The quick wickets dried up the runs and RCB only could manage 92 in their 19 overs. All in all, KKR came out all guns blazing after the lengthy break, but they look a dangerous unit. Can they sustain the momentum from this game and take it forward? We'll wait and see. Thank you for your company today. Do join us tomorrow when Punjab Kings take on Rajasthan Royals.
Superb powerplay from KKR
Some flowing shots from Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer as KKR finish with 56 runs in the powerplay. This looks like a landslide win for KKR… or do we have a twist? Surely not.
Russell and Chakravarthy return three apiece
It's all happened so quickly. RCB have been bowled out for 92 in 19 overs after opting to bat first. Russell and Chakravarthy's double-strikes in an over broke the back of RCB after they lost their openers in Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal inside the powerplay. At 54/4 after 10 overs, all their hopes pinned on Glenn Maxwell, but the Australian was bowled by Chakravarthy after being tied down. They struggled thereafter to get going and finished with a below-par score.
Maxwell departs in huge blow
He had been tied down in sub sixties strike-rate, slogs against Varun Chakravarthy to break free and loses his stumps instead… And in the same over, Hasaranga fails to pick one and is hit plumb in front. RCB 64 for 6 wow.
Double strike from Russell
First gets S Bharat with a short ball, caught at deep midwicket, and then bowls a pearler of a yorker to de Villiers first ball. Bowled. RCB in some trouble here after opting to bat first. This is a decent pitch. 54/4 after 10 overs
Two inside the powerplay
Last ball of the sixth over and Devdutt Padikkal gets a ramp shot horribly wrong and manages a thin edge to the keeper. Goes back for 22 off 20 balls as RCB manage 41/2 after 6 overs.
Kohli falls early
Punches one through cover and then falls to the one that nips in and traps him in front. Prasidh Krishna with that delivery and he clearly watched a lot of the Test series in England.
Kohli reviewed the onfield decision and the ball-tracking took ages to return he verdict. Three reds.
RCB win toss and bat
Kohli wins toss in his 200th game for RCB and decides to bat. He's in a gorgeous blue kit that he and his team are wearing today to support covid-19 frontline warriors all around the world. Debuts for KS Bharat and Wanindu Hasaranga while KKR hand a debut to Venkatesh Iyer.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
RCB: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Wanindu Hasaranga, Sachin Baby, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
The lead-up to this game was dominated by Virat Kohli's announcement that he will step aside as RCB's captain after this season. The news comes on the heels of another announcement by Kohli, mentioning that he'd relinquish his India T20 captaincy after the World Cup. For a team that swears by its captain, it will be interesting to see how they come together to make this a memorable season for Kohli. Nothing less than the trophy will made do.
KKR, on the other hand, would want to get back on track and a break couldn't have come at a better time for them. They have their issues which Deepu Narayanan addresses very well in our preview of sorts for this leg. Akash Sarkar focuses on this particular game in our match preview.
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