The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) registered a jail break 10-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. However, it was not at all an easy victory as KKR batting duo comprising of Nitish Rana and Andre Russell almost pulled off stunning effort to help their team hunt down the monumental first innings total of 213 runs. 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.
The guys tried very hard
Russell played a staggering innings of 65 runs off 25 balls which consisted of 9 gigantic sixes. After the game, Russell revealed that losing such games like this rather gives a sweet and sour feeling. He mentioned that boys played really well to take the game as close as possible. Russell stated that they have learned a lot from this loss.
“When you lose cricket games like this, it’s a sweet and sour feeling. The guys tried very hard tonight. Just a four and a six would have taken us over the line. But we have a lot to learn from this game,” quoted Andre Russell during the media conference after the match.
We lost the game in the middle
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, Robin Uthappa played a terrible knock coming in at number four.
He scored 9 runs off 20 balls at a meager strike-rate of 45 putting his team under immense pressure. However, then 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.
“I’m disappointed to be honest. We lost the game in the middle even though we should have restricted RCB for less than 200. The ball was in our court and we tossed the ball on their side. To lose by 10 runs, its just two hits away. In the middle period, if we scored a bit faster we would definitely get the runs with even balls to spare,” Russell added.
Teams will try their best to get me out
Russell went on to state that he will not mind coming up the order at number four position. He also noted that he knows the fact that Virat Kohli and the other skippers will try their best to get him dismissed early. “When you look at the makeup of our team, I would not mind going to bat at No. 4. I believe when I am at the crease, Virat Kohli is going to bowl his best bowlers to get me out,” the Windies all-rounder concluded.