Indian Premier League, 2021
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Date & Time: 11 October 2021
RR: 7.07 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets
We are done with the Eliminator. Bangalore exit and Kolkata stay in the hunt. Next up, on Wednesday, at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT), we have the all-important Qualifier 2 coming up. Delhi and Kolkata will be crossing swords to win the ticket to the finale. Do join us for all the action. Cheers!
Sunil Narine had a game to remember. He picked up the prized wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Srikar Bharat and Glenn Maxwell and then played a handy cameo (26 off 15 balls) to hurt Bangalore even more. He is the unanimous choice for the Man of the Match award. The West Indian says that it was a match-winning performance and he is very happy for the team. Adds that he likes to do what the team requires. Tells that he enjoyed all his wickets but Kohli's wicket was very important. Shares that with his new bowling action, he is not yet like before but he is getting there. Mentions that it was a good performance from the whole team and hopes to win two more games.
Eoin Morgan, the victorious skipper of Kolkata, is up for a chat. Says that Sunil Narine makes it look very easy. Further says that the bowlers did a good job to get them back in the game. Adds that it's a huge privilege to have world-class spinners in the team. Regarding the depth of Kolkata's batting, Morgan replies that when it comes off, it looks quite strong and deep. Mentions that it's onwards and upwards for them. On playing in Sharjah, Morgan says that for them it was about adjusting to the conditions and seeing what the wicket does. He is looking forward to the next match against Delhi. Calls Sunil Narine a true legend of T20 cricket and adds that they are delighted to have him.
Shubman Gill is up for a chat as well. Says that it is a big win for them and adds that not many gave them a chance coming into the UAE leg. Mentions that after a bad run in the Indian leg, he wanted to spend some time in the middle. Adds that he was batting well and it was just a matter of spending time in the middle. About the next game, Gill says that Delhi are a well-balanced unit but Kolkata will have the advantage of playing on this ground as they are accustomed to it more than Delhi. He signs off by saying that after a bad Powerplay, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy were brilliant and wickets in the middle overs helped them in restricting Bangalore to a low total.
Virat Kohli, the captain of Bangalore, starts by saying that during the middle overs, the Kolkata spinners dominated the game, which was the difference. Adds that they started pretty well but they could not make the most of it in the middle overs. Mentions his bowlers fought till the very end and just a huge over in the middle took the game away from them. On Narine, Kohli says that he has been a really good asset and he showed his value in this match. Virat also praises the efforts of Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakravarthy. Regarding him leaving the captaincy, Kohli says that he has tried his best to create a culture in this franchise where the youngsters can come and play with freedom. States that this is a great time to regroup and hopes they build a strong side for the coming years. Ends by saying that for him loyalty matters and he will stay with Bangalore till the last day he plays in this League.
That's all from Bangalore in this edition. It was a fantastic season for them but unfortunately, their campaign ends here. In this game, their openers provided them with a great start but the Kolkata spinners stopped their charge in the middle overs and didn't allow them any breathing space. 138 was never going to be enough but still, Bangalore fought hard. Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal were brilliant with the ball and the former finished this season with 32 wickets, the joint-most in a single edition by a bowler.
With the required rate in control, Kolkata decided to send Sunil Narine up the order to completely kill the chase. The West Indian responded by hammering the 12th over bowled by Dan Christian for 22 runs. After that, there was no scoreboard pressure on Kolkata and despite Mohammed Siraj's twin blows in the 18th over, Kolkata crossed the line with the sensible heads of Eoin Morgan and Shakib Al Hasan steering them home.
A nicely-planned chase from Kolkata, however, they would have liked to close the game earlier than the last over. On a tricky surface of Sharjah, Powerplay was going to be very crucial and Kolkata did well to put 48 runs on the board. Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill played very smartly to construct a stand. The fall of Gill's wicket was followed by the departure of Rahul Tripathi but, Iyer joined hands with Nitish Rana to form a crucial 26-run partnership as that was the moment when Bangalore were looking to snatch the momentum away. By the time Venkatesh Iyer was dismissed in the 11th over, the equation was very simple as Kolkata needed 60 off 54 balls.
A close finish but Kolkata have crossed the line and they have booked a date with Delhi in Qualifier 2. Bangalore have missed the bus yet again. A disappointing end to Virat Kohli's stint as the captain of Bangalore. He remains without the trophy.
Dan Christian to bowl the final over. He was smacked for 22 runs in his only over.
George Garton to bowl the penultimate over. He has gone for 24 runs in his 2 overs.
Is that out? Srikar Bharat is up and running in celebration. Has he taken the catch cleanly? The umpire takes it upstairs just to confirm. It appears touch and go. The third umpire is taking his time, watching multiple angles. Eventually, he decides that the gloves are underneath the ball and Dinesh Karthik will have to depart.
Eoin Morgan, the skipper walks out at number 7.
Harshal Patel comes back into the attack to bowl his last over.
Strategic Time-Out! 27 needed in 30 balls. It looks quite an easy chase for Kolkata but nothing can be said as the pressure of the Eliminator is there. A wicket here and the pressure will be back on Kolkata. What will happen next? Glenn Maxwell is back on. A vital over.
Dinesh Karthik walks out now.
Harshal Patel (2-0-13-2) is back into the attack.
Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.
Sunil Narine has been promoted up the order to bring the rate further down. Also, Dan Christian is into the attack.
Harshal Patel comes back into the attack.
Nitish Rana walks out. Also, Glenn Maxwell is into the attack.
Review time! A review has been taken by Bangalore for an LBW. UltraEdge shows no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows three reds and this is a brilliant review from Kohli.
Strategic Time-Out! Who else but again it is the man with the golden arm, Harshal Patel who gives the breakthrough. It is still a long way for Bangalore but they need to chip wickets at regular intervals. Kolkata need a partnership as the required run rate is well under control. Also, a bowling change for Bangalore. Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack now.
Rahul Tripathi walks out at number 3.
Harshal Patel is into the attack.
Who will start from the other end? George Garton it is.