Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets on Wednesday (October 21) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The RCB, led by Virat-Kohli, have now advanced to second place in the points table, with this huge win giving them the biggest boost in net run rate.
Eon Morgan, who won the Knight Riders’ toss, chose to bat first. After that, KKR may have the worst batting performance in IPL history.
In the second over, Virat Kohli gave the ball to Mohammad Siraj – who was brought to the side to replace spinner Shahbaz Ahmed. Siraj responded to the call of his captains by removing KKR opener Rahul Tripathi who was caught in the back and followed it up with a swinging scorcher to throw Nitish Rana on the next ball. Thus Siraj took wickets and also threw a maiden.
Chapman Gill was dismissed by Chris Morris when he tried to pull off a lazy, KKR’s score read 3/3 after just 2.2 overs. Mohammad Siraj then counted on Tom Ponton, who was caught behind to take his third wicket. Siraj made history after completing his second over, which was also a maiden. He became the first player in IPL history to bowl two maiden overs in an IPL match.
At the end of his second over, his astonishing stats read 2-2-0-3. Dinesh Karthik was flattered for cheating and the LPW fell against Sahal after scoring 4 off 14 balls.
Eoin Morgan (30 off 34 balls) equalized at one end but the wickets fell from the other end. At one point, when RCB spinners Yusvendra Sahal and Washington Sunder were running, it seemed that one wicket fell for each ball.
The RCP bowlers circled a net around the KKR batsmen, who were unable to score. They went at pedestrian speed with everything against them.
Eoin Morgan was partnered with Kuldeep Yadav (12 off 19 balls) and Lucky Ferguson (19 off 16 balls). Morgan tried to try the front, but in the process Washington fell to Sundar. KKR were able to record only 84/8 in their 20 overs.
Mohammad Siraj picked up the bowlers with a 4-2-8-3 suffocation.
Angel Padikkal and Aaron Pinch, who chased down just 85 runs to win, gave RCB a very strong start – perhaps, giving the KKR batsmen a lesson on how to bat in the power play.
In the first six overs, R.C.P. The doubles ran 44/0. They did not take unnecessary risks, initially relying on spinning the strike, and then went on their shots.
Both were the final nail in the coffin as they scored 46 for the opening wicket.
KKR hero, Lucky Ferguson, threw his first over from the last over, removing a well-formed Aaron Pinch (16 off 21 balls) in his second ball, and then two balls later, there was a terrible mix between Gurkeerat Mann and Dev. Reading. Gurkeerat defended a ball, came a long way from the path to return to the body, Cummins jumped to the end of the non-striker and ran him out.
Lucky Ferguson is the only silver lining for KKR with economic figures of 4-0-17-1. He had earlier scored 19 valuable runs.
Virat Kohli and Gurkeerat Mann joined forces and easily traveled to an unforgettable victory where almost everything went right for them.
Mohammad Siraj was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his performance.