#ChrisLynn guides #KKR to a good win over #RCB.
Chris Lynn played a good hand to guide KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders through a win, his score of 62 not out allowed his team to chase down the 176 total put by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bowl first in this 29th match of the IPL 2018.
KKR bowers didn’t start off that well but they came back strongly in the later overs.
Brendon McCullum was back in the squad and AB De Villers missed out of this match.
The openers gave RCB a good start, they scored 68 runs in the first 8.1 overs.
De Cock and McCullum put on the fight against the KKR bowlers and batted well for RCB.
KKR struggled for a break through because of this good opening stand from RCB, but Kuldeep Yadav was the one who gave KKR an important wicket of De Cock.
Quinton De Cock was out straight away after the time out. De Cock went through the shot despite the slower pace of the ball. That shot only lifted up in the air and went to Subham Gill. De Cock was out after scoring 29 runs.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli walked out to the center.
Virat wanted to carry on with the decent opening provided by McCullum and De Cock.
But Kohli and McCullum batted together only for just 1 over. In the 9th over Bazz was dismissed and with him Manan Vohra was also out after facing just 1 ball, both batsmen were dismissed by Andre Russell.
Bazz was the first one to go, on the quicker short ball he hit, but he played the short bit too early. The ball took the toe end of the bat and DK caught that with ease behind the stumps. Brendon McCullum was out after scoring 38 runs.
Manan Vohra was out on the next ball, he bagged a golden duck in this match. Russell bowled a late swinging delivery on which Vohra was caught at the stumps.
RCB started off well but suddenly the 2 wickets hampered their progress. It was all up to Virat Kohli to guide the RCB innings through to a good score.
Kolkata Knight Riders made a good comeback; they picked up 3 wickets at regular intervals.
But Royal Challengers Bangalore had Virat Kohli, he stood tall for his team, the absence of AB De Villers hurt the RCB team a lot.
Currently, RCB team has been dependent on AB De Villers. In yesterday’s match, he would have guided the score above the 200 run mark which was not possible for Kohli to do it alone.
The RCB team was searching for some quick runs in the final overs, as Mandeep Singh walked to bat with his skipper Kohli.
The Knight Riders bowled very well in the depth overs, they bowled a good line and length which maintained Kohli and Mandeep’s partnership.
The RCB batsmen scored just 1 boundary in an over and sometimes that was also hard to come by.
This was all because of good bowling by KKR bowlers.
In the meanwhile, Kohli and Mandeep shared a partnership of 65 runs. But this partnership didn’t do that damage to the scoring rate, it consumed a lot of balls.
This slow partnership ended in the 17th over, setting an average score of 150.
Mandeep Singh was out after scoring just 19 runs. Andre Russell picked up his third wicket in the match.
Mandeep Singh was out on a slower delivery, he couldn’t clear the deep mid wicket fielder, he didn’t get that elevation that he needed.
After this wicket, Virat Kohli took the maximum strike as Colin Grandhomme couldn’t give his best.
As the Indian skipper scored his 50 in this process, he didn’t even celebrate it because his job was still undone.
Kohli thrashed Russell and Johnson in the respective overs and guided the RCB score to 175 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Kohli was unbeaten on 68 runs and Colin Grandhomme faced only 6 balls and he was out at 11 runs.
The KKR bowlers made a good comeback after the opening start as they didn’t allow any batsmen to score freely which left the RCB score at 176 in their 20 overs.
Birthday Boy Andre Russell was the star for KKR, he picked up 3 wickets and with him, Kuldeep Yadav picked up 1 wicket which started the downfall of the RCB’s batting.
The chase of 176 runs was led by the Aussie opener Chris Lynn. His 62 runs not out comfortably guided the KKR team to victory.
Narine and Lynn gave a good start to KKR; they struck 59 runs in 7.1 overs and gave them the momentum in this run chase.
But RCB made a comeback through Murugan Ashwin. Ashwin picked up the wicket of Sunil Narine for 26 runs.
Narine was playing well till then, it was a tossed up delivery which Narine went back to hit over the bowlers head but his bat turned and he sliced the ball towards long off where Grandhomme took the catch.
KKR lost a big wicket but Narine had done his job. Robi Uthappa walked out to bat.
Lynn was still there, KKR needed Uthappa to fire as they both were aiming to take Kolkata closer to the target.
Lynn was in fine touch in this match, after the opening stand, he shared another partnership with Uthappa, that allowed KKR to continue from where Narine and Lynn left.
The 49 run partnership gave them momentum to move on. But Murugan Ashwin came and spoiled the party.
Ashwin picked up is 2nd wicket and gave another chance for RCB to make a comeback in this match.
Uthappa didn’t convert his good start yet again; he was the second wicket fall for KKR. Uthappa went for a lofty drive which he managed to get the toe end of the bat and Tim Southee took a good catch to dismiss Robin Uthappa for 36 runs.
As Kolkata were getting close to the target they also lost wickets, their batsmen didn’t hang around with Lynn in this run chase.
Nitish Rana was the next man in for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Rana and Lynn batted well till the timeout, but after that Nitish Rana had some severe back pain which led to calling the physio and Rana was retired hurt after facing just 10 balls. He scored 15 runs.
After this blow, KKR got another huge blow. The birthday boy Andree Russell was out after facing just 1 ball.
Mohd Siraj gave RCB a huge wicket of the game changer Russell, Siraj bowled a short delivery which Russell went to play to the pull shot but he got a top edge which was well taken by De Cock behind the stumps. Russell was out on 0.
RCB got a big wicket, they two big breakthroughs first in form of Rana and then in form of Russell.
KKR were in the spot of bother because of these two blows, as skipper DK walked out to bat with well set Chris Lynn.
DK batted well, he and Lynn brought KKR very close to the target. They build a partnership which did the job for them.
The small 32 run stand brought them towards a fantastic victory but just then Dinesh Karthik was out to Mohd Siraj.
KKR were just a hit away and DK lost his wicket. It was miss-hit which Dinesh Karthik played and got caught by Virat Kohli. DK was out after scoring 23 runs.
KKR needed just 4 runs to win the match as Shubham Gill was the next batsman in.
In the last over, Gill wasted no time to put the ball towards the point boundary.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by 6 wickets and 5 balls to spare.
Chris Lynn guided the team to a memorable win. He was awarded the man of the match for his wonderful knock of 62 runs not out and with him Gill was unbeaten on 4 runs.
RCB had a great start twice in this match but they failed to capitalize on it. Only Murugan Ashwin and Mohd Siraj took 2 wickets each for them.