RCB vs KKR IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders staged a comeback in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 with a 9 wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.
It was KKR’s third win of the season and first in the UAE as the bowlers laid the foundation for a comprehensive victory over Virat Kohli-led side.
KKR bowlers led by mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell restricted the RCB to a paltry 92 runs. The duo shared six wickets among themselves as they rattled the entire batting line-up of RCB in just 19 overs. Skipper Virat Kohli (5 runs) too failed with the bat, while de Villiers who scored a century in the practice game got duck out off Russell’s delivery.
RCB’s middle order merely succeeded in aggregating runs and kept on giving away easy wickets. As a result, KKR were given to chase just 93 runs off 120 deliveries.
KKR started off steadily and scored 41 runs in the batting powerplay. Debutant Venkatesh Iyer scored an unbeaten 41* runs while Shubman Gill missed his well-deserved half century by just two runs. He stepped out of the crease off Chahal’s delivery with a quest of hitting a massive six, only to give direct it towards Mohammad Siraj deep mid-cover.
RCB tasted only success in the game by taking Gills wicket, but until then, KKR only required 11 runs which they won in the next five balls.
Varun Chakravarthy won RCB vs KKR Man of the match award for his brilliant spell where he took three wickets by conceding just 13 runs in four overs. With this win, KKR climbed to 5th place in the points while RCB went down to the third place.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2021 Stats and Facts:
- This was the 7th time RCB got all out below 100 runs in an innings in the IPL history.
- This was the second time when a side scored below 100 runs in the first innings between KKR and RCB game in the UAE. Last time, KKR scored 84/8 in 20 overs vs RCB in Abu Dhabi. This year RCB got bundled out on 92 runs in the first innings on the same venue.
- Both Kohli and De Villiers contributed an aggregate of 5 runs against KKR today. The duo hold two similar records for RCB i.e., 4 runs vs SRH in 2019 and 3 runs vs MI in 2013.
- AB de Villiers got out on a duck for the 10th time in the tournament. 8 times when playing for RCB and twice when he payed for Delhi Capitals.
- Virat Kohli became the first player to play 200 matches for a single franchise in the IPL history.
- Kolkata Knight Riders registered their best win in the tournament in terms of number of balls left (60 balls and 9 wickets left)
- All the KKR bowlers conceded below 6 runs during RCB’s batting, therefore maintained the economy rate below 6.00. Varun Chakravarthy had the best economy rate i.e., 3.20 following a miserly and impressive spell of 4-13-3.
- KKR now has 15 wins against RCB, third-most by any team in the IPL history. Only CSK and MI have 17 wins over RCB.