In the 31st match played in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets. The target of 93 runs from RCB was chased by the KKR team in just 10 overs for the loss of one wicket thanks to the unbeaten knock of 41 runs by Shubman Gill (48) and IPL debutant Venkatesh Iyer. Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, the entire team of RCB was all out after scoring just 92 runs. In the bowling, Varun Chakraborty and Andre Russell took three wickets each for Kolkata.
Chasing the target of 93 runs, Kolkata’s team got off to a blazing start by Shubman Gill and Venkatesh and both added 82 runs for the first wicket in just 9.1 overs. After playing a stormy innings of 48 runs in 34 balls, Gill continued to walk with the catch of Mohammad Siraj off Yuzvendra Chahal. After this, Venkatesan did not allow Andre Russell to play a single ball at the crease and gave his team a memorable victory by hitting three fours in the 10th over of the innings. KKR started the UAE leg with a thumping win and the team would like to maintain the same form.
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Earlier, winning the toss and opting to bat first, Royal Challengers Bangalore did not have a good start and captain Virat Kohli scored just 5 runs in his 200th match and was dismissed by famous Krishna. Devdutt Padikkal (22) also started well but could not capitalize on his start. Debutant KS Bharat also made 16 runs off Andre Russell’s ball and was caught by Shubman Gill. Glenn Maxwell (10), who razed KKR’s bowling attack in the previous encounter, also went on throwing his wicket under pressure. At the same time, by making Mr 360 i.e. AB de Villiers clean bowled on the very first ball, Bangalore’s true hopes were also dashed. The team lost wickets at frequent intervals and the entire team was all out after scoring just 92 runs.