Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ended defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) winning streak with a three-wicket win at Eden Gardens Kolkata. Royal Challengers took 19 overs to chase down the target of 178 set by Knight Riders, thanks to 56-ball 96 by Chris Gayle. The left-hander looked at his absolute best as he single-handedly steered his side home. You can catch the full video Highlights of KKR vs RCB match here.
Earlier, defending champions KKR were powered by Captain Gautam Gambhir’s half-century and Andre Russell’s unbeaten 41 off just 17 balls. Opting to bat first, KKR, got off to a flying start with Gambhir and Robin Uthappa putting up 81-run stand for the opening wicket. Manish Pandey then joined the skipper, and the two continued to pile runs. With things going Knight Riders’ way, Royal Challengers managed to pick Gambhir’s wicket against the run of play. After Gambhir’s wicket, KKR lost their way with Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey being dismissed in quick succession. Russell’s late onslaught then helped KKR post a competitive total on board.
In a surprising move skipper, Virat Kohli came out to open the innings with Chris Gayle. The move did not work as the stylish right-hander was caught behind in fifth over by Robin Uthappa off Morne Morkel. RCB’s costliest buy at this year auction, Dinesh Karthik failed to impress and lasted only eight balls. Karthik was bowled by Yusuf Pathan. The part-timer then struck once more in same over to remove Mandeep Singh and RCB were struck at 56 for three. Also Read- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015: Chris Gayle’s explosive 96 among top 5 highlights.
South African captain Ab de Villiers then joined Gayle and the duo started playing some strokes. Both batsmen started attacking mystery spinner KC Cariappa and brought RCB back in the hunt. De Villiers then got carried away and in the process of attacking the spinner lost his wicket. After de Villiers’ wicket, KKR found their way back with few more wickets. But it was the bat of Chris Gayle that was doing the damage. The Caribbean mauled KKR bowlers to take his side close to victory.
Gayle then was run out in the penultimate over of the game with RCB needing seven off ten balls. The left-hander’s innings of 96 included seven fours and equal number of sixes. Abu Nechim then managed to get one down the third man for a boundary on last of 19th over and thus RCB won by three wickets and an over to spare.