Sunil Narine (four wickets and valuable 26 runs) made an all-round performance as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in the Eliminator match of IPL 2021 on Monday to enter Qualifier 2, where they will now face on Wednesday. From Delhi Capitals. The winning team of Qualifier 2 will play the final against three-time champions Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on 15 October. Batting first, Bangalore won the toss and scored 138 for seven, which Kolkata achieved by losing six wickets with two balls to spare. This was Virat Kohli’s last match in the IPL as captain and after that he will not captain the team, which Kohli had already announced. Under Virat’s captaincy, Bangalore won 66 of 140 matches and lost in 70.
Shubman Gill (29) and Venkatesh Iyer (26) added 41 runs in 32 balls for the first wicket to Kolkata, chasing the target of 139 runs from Bangalore. After this, the top wicket-taker of the season Harshal Patel broke this partnership by getting Gill caught by AB de Villiers. Gill hit four fours in 18 balls. After Gill’s dismissal, KKR quickly lost the next two wickets. These included the wickets of Iyer and Rahul Tripathi (6). Sunil Narine (26), who came to bat after losing three wickets for 79 runs, showed his talent in batting after bowling. Narine shared a partnership of 31 runs off 20 balls for the fourth wicket with Nitish Rana (23).
After Rana’s dismissal, Naren also got bowled by Mohammad Siraj. In the same over, Siraj also sent Karthik to the pavilion. Kolkata needed 7 runs in the last over to win the match and the ball was in the hands of Dan Christian. But Shakib hit a four on the very first ball to give the team a four-wicket victory with two balls to spare. Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets each for Bangalore.
Earlier, electing to bat after losing the toss, skipper Virat Kohli (39) and Devdutt Padikkal (21) gave the team a good start by sharing 49 runs in 32 balls for the first wicket. After this partnership, RCB’s batsmen could not share more than 20 runs and were seen kneeling in front of Sunil Narine. Narine bowled veteran batsmen like captain Kohli and AB de Villiers to stop them from scoring big. Narine made four big players of Bangalore his victim for 21 runs in four overs. Apart from Narine, Lockie Ferguson took two wickets.
While Narine hit Kohli and AB de Villiers bowled, Glenn Maxwell and Shrikar Bharat were caught out. Kohli scored 39 off 33 balls, Bharat scored nine, Maxwell made 15 and de Villiers scored 11. De Villiers’ bat has been mostly silent in the UAE leg. He has scored only 106 runs in the second leg at an average of 17.66.
Virat Kohli as captain in the IPL:
– 140 Matches.
– 66 Won.
– 70 Lost.
– Most runs.
– Most hundreds.
– Most Fifties.
– Most runs in a single edition.
– Thank you for each and every memory and roar as RCB captain, Virat. pic.twitter.com/DHV5E34bKO
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 11, 2021
Narine had scored a half-century in 15 balls against Bangalore in 2017 and now he has broken Bangalore’s back by taking four wickets. Narine has taken four wickets eight times in the history of IPL. Apart from him, former Mumbai Indians bowler Lasith Malinga has taken four or more wickets in IPL seven times. Narine has become the first bowler to take four wickets thrice against Bangalore in the IPL. He had earlier taken four wickets for 20 runs against Bangalore in Kolkata in 2014 and four for 22 runs in Ranchi in 2013. On the strength of Narine’s brilliant bowling, Kolkata restricted Bangalore to 138 for seven and won the match by four wickets.