Sunday was made much better for cricket fans as Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore came face to face to fight for the win and 2 points in Chennai. RCB bested KKR by 38 runs and all the credit goes to great cricketers Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. The two players seemed to be at their best as they hit runs everywhere and did not even give a chance to the opponents.
Maxwell-De Villiers partnership
When AB de Villiers and Maxwell take on the field, expectations already reach their peak but today the players outdid themselves. Their terrific game propelled RCB to an intimidating 4 wickets. RCB had decided to bat first and they did choose wisely. By the time KKR had come to bat, they were already under massive pressure which the team could not handle well, and caved in at 166 for 8. RCB gained the top spot again.
The last three overs were particularly very special for RCB as the batsmen hit 56 runs in those 3 overs. This tally also includes splendid 21 runs in the final over. Again, it was de Villiers magic who stayed invincible and made 76 runs off 34 balls. Maxwell, on the other hand, was taking care of his end. He hit 78 runs off 49 deliveries. This score of 78 includes 9 fours and 3 sixes.
First two easy wickets of RCB
KKR had started great like their previous match. Their leg-break bowler Chakravarthy was doing his best and that had left RCB in quite a tight spot. RCB had lost 2 wickets only at 9 runs and the wickets included big names, Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar. KKR’s bowling attack was opened by Harbhajan Singh who bowled at tightline. The Chakravarthy lured Kohli to go over cover and Kohli could not judge the ball. The ball landed in Rahul Tripathi’s hands and Kohli went back to the pavilion leaving the team in a difficult position.
Chakravarthy’s next victim was Patidar and the two wickets made KKR’s position quite strong. But then appeared on the pitch Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal. Padikkal contributed 25 runs and left but Maxwell’s aggression and years of experience revived RCB. The Australian cricketer took complete charge of the batting as Padikkal provided him support as second fiddle.
Maxwell’s splendid inning
Shakib Al Hasan tried hard to put Maxwell in a compromising position but the Australian player hit his first maximum in the sixth over off his delivery and hit 50 in just 28 balls. Shakib Al Hasan proved to be quite expensive for KKR as RCB hit 17 runs off his over. This is when Morgan’s decision to remove Harbhajan Singh and Chakravarthy was questioned as both the players were bowling well.
Though, Chakravarthy, when brought to the pitch could not bowl with the ease as he was bowling earlier. Maxwell did not spare him and hit a six and four off successive deliveries.
De Villiers’ arrival
Prasidh Krishna came to bowl from KKR’s side and ended the partnership sending Padikkal back to the pavilion but the scene turned only worse for KKR as it marked the arrival of AB de Villiers. KKR did not stand a chance after that as the Maxwell-De Villiers duo did not allow any bowler to get into any kind of rhythm. Finally, the partnership was broken after 53 runs by premium pacer Pat Cummins.
After this wicket, the game was owned by De Villiers. He hit 3 fours and a six in the last over. Russell could not do anything but bowl helplessly as De Villiers hit 4, 4, 6.
KKR’s batting time
When KKR took the field for batting it was quite disappointing as the team kept losing wickets at regular intervals. KKR had collected 114 runs at the loss of 5 wickets and this is when in the 14th over Morgan was dismissed by Harshal Patel which seems fitting as the talented bowler is a Purple cap holder. Morgan could make only 29 runs and had to go back to the pavilion.
Andre Russell could hit only 31 runs off 21 balls and he was the one who could bring some entertainment as he hit 20 runs off Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling in the 17th over. The sequence of shots was also quite impressive as it read 6,4,4,4.
Kyle Jamieson was also played over midwicket by Russell but this over also marked Kyle’s success. Kyle Jamieson took 2 wickets in the very same over and made up for the bruise implanted by Russell.