Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) registered their fifth win by defeating Kolkata knight Riders (KKR) by 82 runs, which undoubtedly is a huge margin. Following this win, Royal Challengers Bangalore made a jump and reached the third spot in the points table.
It looked like Kolkata Knight Riders was never in the game as their top order and middle order shattered while chasing a mammoth total of 195 runs. Tom Banton, making his IPL debut and Shubham Gill didn’t give KKR a good start and as a result wickets kept falling at regular intervals and eventually the two-time champion ended their innings for 112 for 9.
Shubman Gill became the top scorer of Kolkata Knight Riders, smashing 34 runs off 25 deliveries. Talking about RCB, Chris Morris and Washington Sundar picked two wickets each.
In the first innings of the match, RCB posted 194-2 on the scoreboard in the scheduled 20 overs, thanks to AB de Villiers as he smashed 73 runs off just 33 deliveries. Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch gave the team a very good start by adding 67 runs for the first wicket. Later, Finch was dismissed for 47 before Kohli and AB de Villiers joined hands.
The duo made a spectacular partnership of 100 runs to direct their team towards Victory. AB de Villiers was the star player of Royal Challengers Bangalore as he smashed 73 runs and remained unbeaten. On the other side, Kohli was struggling to play his shots, he scored 33 off 28 balls and remained unbeaten.
Here is Dinesh Karthik’s Reaction
KKR skipper, Dinesh Karthik praised de Villiers, saying that the South African was the difference between the two sides. He also mentioned that his team need to do better in terms of batting. The KKR captain also insisted that he is not reading too much into the defeat.
“He (de Villiers) is a world-class player and hard to stop him on a ground like this and at the end of the day his innings was the difference between both sides. We need to sit down and make sure there are new things we need to do better,” said Dinesh Karthik.
“Batting is one area we didn’t do well today and that’s something we gonna try and improve. We have three days break and we need to start fresh after that. It’s been an interesting IPL so far as a lot of teams are comfortable batting first. I think every captain has a day like this where everything doesn’t go according to plan and it’s one of those days for me, I don’t want to read too much into it,” he added.