Indian Premier League, 2020

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 39

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 21 October 2020

Royal Challengers Bangalore 85/2

RR: 6.29 | Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Devdutt Padikkal run out Lockie Fergusonrun out Lockie Ferguson251730
Aaron Finch c Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Lockie Fergusonc Dinesh Karthik (W) & b Lockie Ferguson162120
Gurkeerat Singh Mann not out not out 212640
Virat Kohli not out not out 181720
AB de Villiers
Chris Morris
Washington Sundar
Isuru Udana
Navdeep Saini
Yuzvendra Chahal
Mohammed Siraj
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 2, w 3, nb 0)
Total 85 (2 Wkts, 13.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
46-1 (Aaron Finch,6.2), 46-2 (Devdutt Padikkal,6.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Pat Cummins3 0 18 0 6.00
Prasidh Krishna2.3 0 20 0 8.70
Varun Chakravarthy4 0 28 0 7.00
Lockie Ferguson4 0 17 1 4.25

That is it from this game. Bangalore, with their demolition of Kolkata for the second time this season move to second on the points table. Kolkata, on the other hand, have a lot to ponder upon. They will have to go back to the drawing board and will have to find a way to get over this humiliation. Bangalore's win here means that the 4th spot is well up for grabs for other teams to also create a chance for themselves. The action in the league continues on Thursday, 22nd October 2020, as two of those chasing for the 4th spot go head to head. Steven Smith's Rajasthan take on David Warner's Hyderabad. That game begins at 1800 local (1400 GMT). It promises to be an exciting clash and we hope to see you for that one. Till then, goodbye and take care!

Mohammed Siraj, who bowled 2 maiden overs and picked up 3 wickets is the MAN OF THE MATCH. He thanks the almighty for giving him the opportunity to bowl with the new ball. States that he was not anticipating that his skipper would give him the new ball to bowl with. Siraj says that the environment in the side is of a different postive vibe - everyone is supporting everyone. On which wicket he fancied the most, Siraj says that the wicket of Nitish Rana was most pleasing to him as he bowled that delivery just the way he anticipated and got the wicket just as he wanted as well. 

Virat Kohli, the VICTORIOUS BANGALORE SKIPPER, will share his thoughts now. He says that it was a late call to give Siraj the new ball. Wanted to give Sundar earlier but then later he thought let's give Siraj the new ball alongwith Morris. States that the management has been able to create a plan this time around for the players on how they should go about on the field and play. Kohli says that many people do not believe in Bangalore but he does and his players do. Says that Bangalore has talent and belief with them. On Morris, Kohli waxes eloquent and says that Morris never loses his belief and that his energy levels are amazing. Need people like him to prep us up on the field, he finishes off by saying.

Stay tuned for the presentation where we get to hear from the winning skipper and the Man of the Match.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann is up for a chat. Says that it was a wonderful performance from the boys. Adds that everyone chipped in with the bat and says that Siraj was exceptional with the ball. On him coming to bat early, Mann says that the plan was to allow him to get some experience as he did not get much opportunities to bat in the earlier games. Especially with the playoffs approaching, it is important for him to get some time in the middle, which he got today, he says. Adds that when bowling, the strategy for the pacers was to aim for the top of off. On whether Bangalore can win the trophy this season, given their form and the fact that they have not won one so far, Mann hopes so and says that Bangalore will put their best foot forward. 

Eoin Morgan, Kolkata's captain, says that the batting was the big letdown. That is the starting point and dew came in later on. In hindsight, Morgan believes that they should have bowled first. Morgan says that Kolkata have been extremely consistent in team selection. States that Bangalore exploited the conditions well. That is the nature of this tournament, it is a highly competitive one. Hopes that Narine and Russell would be available in the future games as leaving out all-rounders of their calibre is always difficult to fill.

A win for Bangalore that was set up by their bowlers, led by Mohammad Siraj. His 3/8 ensured Kolkata never got going and the Bangalore bowlers restricted a very strong Kolkata batting lineup for a humiliating score of 84. A very embarrassing batting performance from Kolkata. Only Morgan showed some fight and thanks to Ferguson and Kuldeep they managed to save some blushes with the willow. 

Cannot blame the Kolkata bowlers. They hardly had anything to bowl at. They needed early wickets to get a spring in their stride and believe that they could do the unthinkable but unfortunately, that was not to be. Ferguson did get into the wickets column again and there was a run-out as well but that was not nearly enough to put pressure on a strong Bangalore batting lineup.

Chasing 85, Bangalore openers, Padikkal and Finch, ensured that there was no unnecessary drama at the beginning. The pair laid the foundation with a solid 46-run stand before Finch departed. Padikkal soon followed his partner with a suicidal run out. Captain Kohli and Gurkeerat Singh Mann ensured there were no other hiccups and cruised the side over the line.

A comprehensive victory for Bangalore and with this dominating win, Bangalore move to second on the points table with 14 points. Kohli and his men now have one foot into the Playoffs. A humiliating and annihilating loss for Kolkata. One of those which destroys everything from run rate to confidence.

13.3
1
Prasidh Krishna to Virat Kohli, A single and that is it! On a length outside off, Kohli guides it to the right of third man and takes an easy single. BANGALORE WIN EASILY BY 8 WICKETS!
13.2
0
Prasidh Krishna to Virat Kohli, Very full on off and middle, Kohli can only dig it out to the on side for a dot.
13.1
2
Prasidh Krishna to Virat Kohli, SCORES LEVEL! Full on off and middle, Kohli flicks it to deep mid-wicket. The call is two immediately and Kohli gets it.

Prasidh Krishna to bowl now. Bangalore would want to finish in this over.

12.6
0
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, 4 dot deliveries to end the over. Full and around off, driven to mid off. Does not matter these dots though as Bangalore need just 3 runs in 42 balls.
12.5
0
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Short and outside off, Mann flashes at it but fails to read the bounce. It goes over the top of his flashing blade.
12.4
0
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Full and around off, Mann gives room on the off side and looks to slash it hard. The ball though comes off the bottom part of his bat and goes to the left of the bowler on the off side.
12.3
0
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Length ball on the stumps, driven back to the bowler.
12.2
1
Lockie Ferguson to Virat Kohli, Outside off, punched through cover for a single.
12.1
4
Lockie Ferguson to Virat Kohli, FOUR! All too easy for Bangalore and Kohli here. Fullish ball around off, Kohli swings and sends it to the deep mid-wicket boundary.
11.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Virat Kohli, An easy passage of play for Bangalore here. Outside off, Kohli works it to deep point for a single. 8 runs needed in 48 balls.
11.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Follows the boundary with a single by working this on the off side for a single.
11.4
4
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, FOUR! Mann looking to finish things off quickly here. Flighted ball around off and middle, Mann sweeps it uppishly to the deep backward square leg boundary. 
11.3
4
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, FOUR! Educated edge to say the least. Short and wide outside off, Mann looked to cut that square of the wicket but ends up getting an outside edge. No one at third man and it races away to the fence there.
11.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Short ball, Mann rocks back to pull but does not time it at all. It goes to short mid-wicket.
11.1
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Very full, around off, Mann drives but finds short cover.
10.6
1
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Very full on off, stabbed to mid on for a single.
10.5
1
Lockie Ferguson to Virat Kohli, Fullish ball on off and middle, clipped to fine leg for one.
10.4
1
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Back of a length ball on off, Mann looks to defend but it comes off the splice and goes towards third man. A run taken.
10.3
0
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Slash and a miss! Shortish ball well outside off, Mann looks to cut it fiercely over point but misses completely.
10.2
1
Lockie Ferguson to Virat Kohli, Outside off, Kohli steers this to the right of Kuldeep at third man. Gets a single.
10.1
0
Lockie Ferguson to Virat Kohli, Short ball, Kohli covers the line of his stumps, hops and keeps it out.
9.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Play and a miss! Tossed up outside off, Mann looks to sweep but does not get hold of it. 
9.5
4
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, FOUR! Mann is getting into the act now. Shortish and outside off, Mann lifts it over covers for a boundary.
9.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shorter ball on middle, tapped back to the bowler.
9.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Virat Kohli, This time he works it on the off side for one.
9.2
4
Varun Chakravarthy to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Brilliantly placed there. Short and width on offer outside off, Kohli cuts it finely past point for a boundary.
9.1
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Virat Kohli, Full toss outside off, Kohli drives but finds cover.

DRINKS! Bangalore need 31 off 66 balls and are cruising to a big victory. Kolkata will take heart with the fact that they have managed to get two wickets. They will try and make these next 31 runs as difficult as possible. 

8.6
1
Lockie Ferguson to Virat Kohli, An easy single for Virat Kohli to end the over. Back of a length ball, slow, outside off, Kohli waits and guides it towards third man and gets to the other end. After 9 overs, Bangalore are 54/2, needing 31 runs in 66 balls.
8.5
1
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, On a length on middle, tapped towards backward square leg for a run.
8.4
4
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, FOUR! Brilliantly played. Length ball outside off, 140 kph, Mann drives it on the up, through covers and gets a boundary. 50 up for Bangalore and they are closing in on the target now.
8.3
0
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shortish ball on the body, Mann jumps and keeps it out on the leg side.
8.2
0
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Good length ball on middle and leg, clipped to Morgan at short mid-wicket.
8.1
0
Lockie Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, On a good length on off, Mann looks to drive but gets it off the inner half onto his pads.
7.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Virat Kohli, Outside off, tossed up, worked on the off side for a dot.
7.5
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Virat Kohli, Shorter ball on middle and off, defended to the leg side.
7.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Virat Kohli, In the air.... but did not carry. A googly on off, Kohli lunges forward and hits it uppishly back to the bowler. Luckily for him, it went on a bounce to Chakravarthy. Needs to be careful here, Kohli.
7.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, On middle, tucked to square leg for one.
7.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Lands on off and comes in towards middle, Mann dabs it to cover-point and looks for one but his skipper sends him back.

Kolkata meet Bangalore in Match 39 of the 2020 Indian T20 League. Both teams are coming off a win in their previous games but it is Bangalore who are the favorites at the moment, considering their performances of late. AB de Villiers has been in top form this year and the last time these two sides met, AB was the difference between the two. Mr. 360 did not stop there as he was in top gear against Rajasthan as well. Kolkata, on the other hand, won a Super Over against Hyderabad and now Morgan's men would look to build on that win. Their batting came up good while with the ball, Lockie Ferguson was the star for them. Will Bangalore do the double over Kolkata or will Morgan's men prevail this time?

Kolkata Knight Riders Team Squad -Eoin Morgan,Nitish Rana,Rahul Tripathi,Rinku Singh,Shubman Gill,Siddhesh Lad,Tom Banton,Andre Russell,Sunil Narine,Dinesh Karthik,Nikhil Naik,Tim Seifert,Chris Green,Kamlesh Nagarkoti,Kuldeep Yadav,Lockie Ferguson,Manimaran Siddharth,Pat Cummins,Prasidh Krishna,Sandeep Warrier,Shivam Mavi,Varun Chakravarthy

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team Squad -Aaron Finch,Devdutt Padikkal,Gurkeerat Singh Mann,Pavan Deshpande,Virat Kohli,Chris Morris,Moeen Ali,Shahbaz Ahmed,Shivam Dube,Washington Sundar,AB de Villiers,Josh Philippe,Parthiv Patel,Adam Zampa,Dale Steyn,Isuru Udana,Mohammed Siraj,Navdeep Saini,Pawan Negi,Umesh Yadav,Yuzvendra Chahal