Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets on Monday.© BCCI/IPL
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 9 wickets in match 31 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Monday. Chasing a goal of 93, KKR openers Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer placed on 82 runs for the opening wicket as they bought over the road with 10 overs to spare. Gill missed out on a half-century by simply two runs as he was caught at long-off for 48. Venkatesh Iyer hit the profitable runs and remained unbeaten on 41.
Earlier, Kohli had gained the toss and opted to bat towards Eoin Morgan-led KKR on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The determination backfired as seamer Prasidh Krishna despatched him packing for 5 with an in-swinger that wrapped the RCB skipper on the pads. Having given out LBW by the on-field umpire, Kohli went for a assessment however the replays confirmed that ball would’ve clipped the leg stump.
Lockie Ferguson dismissed Devdutt Padikkal within the sixth over. He remained the top-scorer with a knock of twenty-two runs.
KKR bowlers fired in unison as Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy picked up three wickets apiece whereas Ferguson took two wickets to bowl RCB out for 92 in 19 overs.
Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal and Wanindu Hasaranga all proved to be costly, gifting away runs at over 10 runs per over.
Chahal managed to get the wicket of Shubman Gill however not earlier than the younger opener had placed on 82 runs with Venkatesh Iyer.
Varun Chakravarthy was adjudged participant of the match for his spell of three for 13.
With the win, KKR moved to the fifth spot on the IPL 2021 factors desk whereas RCB stay at third place regardless of struggling a heavy defeat in Abu Dhabi.
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