Indian Premier League, 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 31

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 20 September 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders 94/1

RR: 9.4 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shubman Gill c Mohammed Siraj & b Yuzvendra Chahalc Mohammed Siraj & b Yuzvendra Chahal483461
Venkatesh Iyer not out not out 412771
Andre Russell not out not out 0000
Nitish Rana
Rahul Tripathi
Eoin Morgan
Dinesh Karthik
Sunil Narine
Lockie Ferguson
Varun Chakravarthy
Prasidh Krishna
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 0, w 4, nb 1)
Total 94 (1 Wkts, 10.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
82-1 (Shubman Gill,9.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mohammed Siraj2 0 12 0 6.00
Kyle Jamieson2 0 26 0 13.00
Wanindu Hasaranga2 0 20 0 10.00
Yuzvendra Chahal2 0 23 1 11.50
Harshal Patel2 0 13 0 6.50
Virat Kohli 0 0 0 0 0
Devdutt Padikkal0 0 0 0 0
Srikar Bharat 0 0 0 0 0
Glenn Maxwell0 0 0 0 0
AB de Villiers0 0 0 0 0
Sachin Baby0 0 0 0 0

That's it from this match. The next game on Tuesday, 21st September 2021 will be played between Punjab and Rajasthan in Dubai. The action will begin at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!

Varun Chakravarthy (4-0-13-3) is picked for the Man of the Match award. The spinner says that he tries to assess the pitch first. Credits the bowlers who bowled in the Powerplay. Tells that there wasn't much in the pitch so he bowled in the line of the stumps. On his hat-trick ball, Varun smiles and says that he thought it's out but he, later on, watched the replays and saw the inside edge. Shares that playing for India has made him feel better. Tells that he started playing cricket at 26 and playing for the country gives him a sense of acceptance.

Eoin Morgan, the victorious captain of Kolkata, says that it's very rare that you perform as well as they did in this game. Feels that the timing of this win is excellent. Mentions about the quality in their squad but adds that it counts for nothing if you don't go out there and show how good you are. Shares that he was 50-50 at the toss as he felt that the pitch won't change much. States that Bangalore started well but picking wickets changed things for them. Tells that they picked valuable wickets of Maxwell, de Villiers, Kohli and managed to get on top. Shares that as a group, it should be a treat for the players to play under him or Brendon McCullum, as they allow the batsmen to express themselves. Mentions that they have a long way to go and they need a lot of things to go right.

Shubman Gill comes up for a quick chat. The Kolkata opener says that they were very determined to make a comeback and they have made a bold statement with this win. Tells that it was a good chance to get the run rate going and it was a plan. On his new batting partner, Venkatesh Iyer, Gill shares that he was batting well in the practice games and it's exciting to see him batting so well on debut. Admits that he was gutted to get out and hopes to get a fifty in the next game. On the surface, Gill opines that in the first innings it was a bit slow but in the second innings, the ball was coming on very nicely.

Virat Kohli, the captain of Bangalore, says that it was important to get partnerships on this surface. States that it looked like it will slow down and they didn't expect so much dew to kick in so early. Further says that from 40 odd for one, they lost 5 wickets for 20 odd runs and it's a wake-up call for them. Tells that as professional cricketers you are expected to turn up and they have never found it tough but sometimes it takes a game to get going. Praises Varun Chakravarthy for his bowling and feels that he is going to be a key factor when he will play for India. Adds that they expect a loss here and there and will have to take this loss in their stride. Wants his team to stick to its strengths and execute the plans on the field. Hopes to put up strong performances from here on.

Time for the presentation...

A walk in the park for Kolkata! Their bowlers set the tone in this match and through some disciplined bowling, they restricted Bangalore to a paltry total. These kinds of totals could prove to be tricky sometimes but the refreshing positive approach from Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill demolished the target. The former looks like a naturally aggressive batsman while Gill showed his hitting range in this chase, something he has not done in the past. Bangalore were flavourless with the bat and listless with the ball. An evening to forget for them. With this thumping win, Kolkata have jumped to number 5 on the points table and given a lifeline to their campaign.

Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer,FOUR! Venkatesh Iyer has finished off the chase in style. A perfect debut knock from him! A short ball, on middle, Venkatesh Iyer rocks back and pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Kolkata win by 9 wickets with 60 balls to spare!
Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! Just 3 runs needed now! A full ball, on middle. Venkatesh Iyer comes down the track and spanks it straight down the ground for a boundary, beating both long on and long off.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, Flatter and spinning back in on middle. Iyer defends it back to the bowler.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! Continues to be innovative! A slower short ball, on middle, Venkatesh Iyer goes for the reverse hit and thumps it over point for a boundary.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, Full and on off, driven to covers where the fielder made a diving stop.

Andre Russell is sent up the order to finish off this chase. 11 needed more.

Yuzvendra Chahal to Shubman Gill, OUT! TAKEN! A brilliant inning from Shubman Gill comes to an end! Chahal serves a full ball, around off. Shubman Gill dances down the track and looks to go downtown. He does not reach the pitch of the ball and thus hits it off the toe end of his bat. It goes in the air and towards long off where Mohammed Siraj takes a good catch.
Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, On middle, on a length, flicked to mid-wicket for a single. 11 needed more.
Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Not a good evening for Bangalore and this fielding effort sums it up pretty well! A full toss angling on the pads. Shubman Gill flicks it in the gap towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder runs across to his right and slides but the ball goes past him to find the fence.
Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, A short ball, outside off, slower in pace, Shubman Gill leaves it alone.
Harshal Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, DROPPED! Hard chance though! A length ball, on middle. Venkatesh Iyer lofts it back to the bowler. Harshal Patel gets low and stretches his left hand out but the ball does not stick. It rolls to mid-wicket through Gill's legs and they take a single. 
Harshal Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, Good variation from Patel! A slower length ball, outside off. Venkatesh Iyer looks to dab it down the ground but misses.
Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, A full toss, on off. Shubman Gill pushes it to covers for one more.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! This guy has every shot in his locker! Wanindu Hasaranga serves a slower short ball, on middle, Venkatesh Iyer quickly shapes up for the reverse-batted shot and powers it high and over backward point for a boundary. 
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shubman Gill, Flatter and on off, smashed to deep cover for a single.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shubman Gill, Tossed up, full on middle, Shubman Gill turns it on the leg side but finds short mid-wicket. 
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shubman Gill, Again goes for the big heave but gets an inside edge past the leg stump to fine leg. Two runs taken. 
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shubman Gill, SIX! THUMPED! A full ball, on middle and off, Shubman Gill comes down the track and hammers it all the way over long on for a biggie. 
Wanindu Hasaranga to Shubman Gill, A googly. This one lands on middle and spins towards leg. Shubman Gill prods forward to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. 
Harshal Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, Short of a length, angling down. Iyer mistimes his pull to mid-wicket. 31 needed in 78 balls. 
Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, Just a single! This was on a length and around off. Gill makes room and punches it through cover-point for a single.
Harshal Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, A length ball, on off. Iyer waits for the ball and dabs it late down to third man for a single.
Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, On a length, around off. Gill punches it off the back foot to sweeper cover for one.
Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, WIDE! Patel misses his line and serves it way down the leg side. Shubman Gill leaves it alone. 
Harshal Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, Comes 'round the wicket and serves a length ball, on middle, Iyer advances down the track and plays a mistimed shot wide of mid off. A single is taken.
Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, A full ball, on middle, Shubman Gill drills it down to long on for a single.

Strategic Time-Out! Fearless approach from these both young guns. They are in a hurry to chase down the target. 37 needed more. Can Bangalore make it difficult for Kolkata? Harshal Patel to bowl after the break.

Yuzvendra Chahal to Shubman Gill, Fuller in length and around off, Gill drives it firmly to the left of mid off and collects a single. 11 from Chahal's first and Kolkata are marching towards the target.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Shubman Gill, The reverse sweep comes out. Gill eases out a full ball past the keeper and it runs down to third man. Two taken.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Boom! 50 comes up for Kolkata and this opening pair is putting on a show. A googly, landing full and around off, Gill picks it and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Shubman Gill, Quicker, flatter and shorter around off, Gill is cramped for room as he plays a mistimed square cut to point.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Smashed away! Shot after shot after shot. Kolkata are in a hurry. Flighted and full around off, Gill goes down on one knee and sweeps it over square leg for a boundary.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Shubman Gill, Flighted one, full and around off, Gill defends it back towards the bowler. Chahal makes the stop to his left.

Yuzvendra Chahal is brought into the attack.

Kyle Jamieson to Venkatesh Iyer, SIX! That has gone the distance! Venkatesh Iyer, you beauty. Showing no nerves on his debut. A length ball, around off, Venkatesh skips down the track and launches it over long on. 16 from the over, 48 needed more.
Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Once again Gill uses his feet. Advances down the track to a full ball around leg and drives it back past the bowler to mid off. A single is pinched.
Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Great shot! Shubman Gill is showing his hitting range this evening. Fuller in length, around middle and leg, Gill stays leg-side of this delivery and lofts it cleanly over extra cover. The fielder gives the chase but the ball wins the race.
Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Dot! Kyle Jamieson digs in a short ball, outside off, Gill tries to slam it over point but fails to connect.
Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, In the zone way outside off, Gill leaves it alone. Not called a wide and Gill is disappointed. Hang on, the siren goes off. It's a no ball. Free Hit coming Shubman Gill's way. 
Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Full and around off, Gill drives off the front foot but finds mid off.
Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Kolkata are cruising. This is some batting intent shown by Kolkata. Back of a length, outside off, Shubman Gill steps back to make room and whacks it down through mid off for a boundary.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Venkatesh Iyer, Leans forward to a full ball and pushes it defensively to covers.
Wanindu Hasaranga to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! Venkatesh Iyer has impressed so far with his positive intent. Too full from the Sri Lankan, outside off, Iyer drills his drive through extra cover.