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IPL 2020: RCB get their vengeance over KKR in a resounding victory

RCB faced KKR at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Whenever these two teams face each other, it reminds us of the first-ever IPL match played back in 2008. Accompanied with it are the memories of the demolition run from Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum in that match and we start expecting a high scoring game. But yesterday’s match was in stark contrast with that memory. It was the lowest-scoring game of IPL 2020.

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In an IPL dominated by over 350 runs scored in most of its matches, the game came as a surprise. It was also a matter of great sorrow for Kolkata fans as they expected some joy from their team at this auspicious time of the ongoing Durga Puja celebrations. In the 2017 season, RCB had scored the lowest ever total of 49 against KKR. Yesterday’s match looked like some kind of revenge for the past. Let’s analyze how it went:

The First Innings:

KKR came out to bat first with the usual opening pair of Gill and Tripathi. The first over was like a calm before the storm with KKR scoring 3 runs from it without losing a wicket. Mohammad Siraj was included in the RCB line-up yesterday. This man was the one to make a difference. In the second over itself, Siraj dismissed Rahul Tripathi and the newly in batsman Nitish Rana on two consecutive deliveries.

This onslaught was a surprise for the viewers as well as KKR. KKR soon bound itself in an extremely difficult position with a score of 3-2 at the end of the second over. The storm was not over yet. It had just begun. In the following over, Saini scalped Shubman Gill and Kolkata were 3-3.

Then there was a period of calm for an over and then Siraj got rid of Tom Banton. The experienced pair of Karthik and Eoin Morgan was now at the crease. They seemed to be building some kind of a partnership, but Karthik was dismissed in the 9th over. The pace onslaught was over but the spinners had started spinning their web. Chahal and Sunder were proving to be lethal.

Morgan made some 30 runs and there were some contributions from Kuldeep Yadav and Lockie Ferguson. However, KKR was never relieved from the pressure of the initial overs and only managed to score 84 in their 20. The fact that they survived for 20 overs is a matter of surprise in itself.

The Second Innings:

The run chase was a cakewalk for RCB. Finch and Padikkal opened and made a 46-run partnership at a decent run rate. Both of them got out in the seventh over. Later, captain Kohli and Gurkeerat saw RCB home in the 14th over.

RCB won the match by 8 wickets and are now 2nd in the points table above MI. They face the CSK in their next match. Watching KKR’s performance brings one question to everyone’s minds. ‘Kya KKR hai taiyyar’? Well, McCullum has to ponder about this. Stay tuned for more!

 

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