Sunil Narine first took 4 wickets in the bowling and then scored 3 sixes with the bat and won the team. (Photo: IPL/BCCI)
In the Eliminator match of IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets in a low-scoring match. With this, Kolkata have taken a step ahead in the race for the final and have confirmed their place in the second qualifier, where they will face Delhi Capitals. Batting first, in this second match of the playoff held in Sharjah, Bangalore scored only 137 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs, which Kolkata achieved in the 20th over for the loss of 6 wickets. At the same time, this defeat ended Bangalore’s journey in the tournament and its wait to win the first title was stretched for another year. Along with this, the dream of leaving the captaincy of RCB with Virat Kohli’s IPL title also got shattered.
In this match held in Sharjah, Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. Both the teams did not make any changes in the playing XI for this match. On the slow pitch of Sharjah, Kohli and Padikkal gave Kolkata a quick start and scored more than 50 runs in the powerplay itself. However, by this time Padikkal was bowled by Lockie Ferguson and from here Kolkata returned to the match.
After the powerplay, Kolkata’s spinners tied the RCB batsmen badly. Especially Sunil Narine badly ruined the batting of RCB. Narine first took the wicket of Shrikar Bharat (9). Then in the next 3 overs, taking the wickets of Virat Kohli (39), AB de Villiers (11) and Glenn Maxwell (15) ended RCB’s hopes of a big score. Bangalore’s team could not do any wonders even in the last over and could score only 137 runs. Narine gave only 21 runs in his 4 overs and took 4 wickets in his name.