Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in the 39th match of the Indian Premier League which took place in Abu Dhabi at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Mohammed Siraj’s economical spell of eight runs with three wickets in his allotted four overs restricted KKR to a below-par 84 runs in their 20 overs. With this win, RCB grabs the second spot on the points table.
RCB did not face any difficulty while chasing the target of 85 against KKR’s bowling line up. Virat Kohli’s men started the run chase decently, the opening pair Aaron Finch (16) and Devdutt Padikkal (25) stitched a 46 runs partnership in the powerplay itself. The threatening partnership was broken by Lockie Ferguson when the bowler took Finch’s wicket and in the same over Padikkal also lost his wicket. It was captain Kohli and Gurkeerat Singh who were playing the strokes in harmony and were cruising towards their second victory over the Knight Riders this season.
After winning the toss, KKR’s captain chose to bat, winning the toss was the only thing which went in Kolkata’s favour in today’s match. The openers Shubman Gill (1) and Rahul Tripathi (1) returned to the pavilion after scoring identical single-digit scores. There was a fightback from the KKR captain, who managed to score 30 runs at the strike rate of 88. Kuldeep Yadav (12) and Ferguson (19) finished the proceedings for their team. SRK’s team created an unwanted record of setting up the lowest target of 85 without getting all-out.
Siraj was the star with the ball for Bangalore in today’s match. He became the first bowler in the history of IPL to achieve two maidens in a single match. Yuzvendra Chahal pocketed two wickets, Navdeep Saini and Washington Sundar picked up one wicket each. Siraj was adjudged as the Man of the match for his impressive economy rate of two runs per over in his spell of four overs along with three wickets.