In the 35th match of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) recorded a sensational 10-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The jam packed crowd seated at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata got to witness an absolute blockbuster of encounter in which an astounding total of 413 runs were scored combined by both the teams. RCB recorded a monumental first innings total on the back of Virat Kohli’s scintillating hundred and Moeen Ali’s entertaining half-century.
While in the second innings, even after a disappointing start, the belligerent KKR duo comprising of Nitish Rana and Andre Russell stole the show with some incredible and astonishing hitting. The pair smashed the RCB bowlers handsomely in different parts of the ground but eventually fell short of taking their team over the finishing line. This is KKR’s fourth loss in a row this season and after a great start, the Dinesh Karthik-led team now finds itself languishing behind at the sixth position on the points table.
Kohli’s terrific century and Ali’s flamboyance power RCB to a monumental total
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, RCB got off to a poor start as opener Parthiv Patel got dismissed in the fourth over itself with the scorecard reading just 18 runs. Akshdeep Nath was then promoted up the order in order to hold the innings along with skipper Virat Kohli, but the former failed to grab the opportunity, getting dismissed for a 15-ball 13. In the first 10 overs, RCB managed to score 70 runs and it looked like the visitors would only get close to a par total. But then the game saw a massive turning point as Moeen Ali came out in a dazzling mood, taking the KKR bowlers on remand and smashing them in all parts of the ground.
Ali played a stunning knock of 66 runs off just 29 balls which consisted of 5 fours and 6 sixes and together with Virat, the duo compiled a fabulous partnership of 90 runs. On the other hand, Virat who started his innings on a tentative note, after getting settled on the crease, he too started to toil with the KKR bowling, racking up an amazing hundred off just 57 balls. Virat compiled a staggering century knock which included 9 fours and 4 sixes, to help RCB reach a massive total of 213 runs.
RCB bowlers survive massive Russell-Rana scare
In the second innings, KKR got off to a horrible start, losing three big wickets of Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Shubman Gill with just 33 runs on the scoreboard. RCB’s latest recruit Dale Steyn delivered an excellent opening spell to rattle the KKR top-order. After those early jitters, it was the pair of Nitish Rana and Andre Russell which started a herculean recovery. The duo ripped apart the RCB bowling line-up into mere bits of paper, racking up a staggering tally of 118 runs in just eight overs to make a thrilling game out of nowhere.
Russell smashed a thunderous knock of 65 runs off just 25 balls which consisted of 9 gigantic sixes and 2 fours and during that process he almost pulled off an incredible win for his team. But in the end, Moeen Ali held his nerves to successfully see off an unbeaten Nitish Rana strangled in the chase for a fabulous 46-ball 85.
RCB: 213/4 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli-100, Moeen Ali-66; Andre Russell 1/17)
KKR: 203/5 in 20 overs (Nitish Rana-85*, Andre Russell-65; Dale Steyn 2/40)
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 10 runs.