IPL 2021: RCB got a beating from KKR which was quite brutal. KKR won the match by 9 wickets. Varun Chakravarthy shines bright for Kolkata with his tricky bowling picking up 3 wickets. While Andre Russell also proved dangerous with his pace and accuracy.
This time, Shubhaman missed his half-century by just two runs. But his 48 helped KKR to victory. Gill hit six fours and one six in his innings. Venkatesh Iyer, on the other hand, opened the innings with a storming 41 not out. He hit 7 fours and 1 six.
Varun’s magic worked
Varun Chakravarthy has been named in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup as a mystery spinner. He bowled his title to bring RCB batsman Jerrys today. He took 3 wickets for just 13 runs in 4 overs. Kyle Jamieson was also run out. Varun’s magical bowling helped RCB to 92 all out. Varun took wickets of Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, and Wanindu Hasaranga.
(KKR won the Match against RCB with 9 wickets in hands Varun played an important role with Gill and Iyer)
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 showed his hitting range in this chase, some things he has not done in the past.
Bangalore were flavorless with the bat and listless with the ball. An evening to forget for them. With this thumping win, Kolkata has jumped to number 5 on the points table and given a lifeline to their campaign.
Virat Kohli after the match.
Virat Kohli, the captain of Bangalore, said “it was important to get partnerships on this surface. It looked like it will slow down and we didn’t expect so much dew to kick in so early. From 40 odd for one, we lost 5 wickets for 20 odd runs and it’s a wake-up call for us.”
He added “As professional cricketers, you are expected to turn up and we have never found it tough but sometimes it takes a game to get going. He (Varun Chakravarthy) is going to be a key factor when he will play for India. We expect a loss here and there and will have to take this loss in our stride. I expect the team to stick to its strengths and execute the plans on the field and hope to put up strong performances from here on.”
Shubman Gill “we were determined for a comeback.” (IPL 2021)
The Kolkata opener said, “we were very determined to make a comeback and we have made a bold statement with this win. It was a good chance to get the run rate going and it was a plan.”
“He (Venkatesh) was batting well in the practice games and it’s exciting to see him batting so well on debut.”
“I am gutted to get out and I hope to get a fifty in the next game. It was a bit slow in the first innings but in the second innings, the ball was coming on very nicely.”
Varun Chakravarthy after picking man of the match. (IPL 2021)
“I tried to access the pitch first. Bowlers bowled very nicely in the powerplay. There was not much in the pitch so I bowled in the line of the stumps.”
“I thought it was out but after watching the replay I realized it was bat. Playing for India has made me feel better. I started playing cricket at 26 and playing for the country gives me a sense of acceptance.”