In a stunning collapse, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were all out for 49, the lowest score in the history of IPL as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat them by 82 runs, in Kolkata on Sunday.
The hosts had put up a modest total on the board as they were all out for 131 with RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal taking three wickets. However, the hosts defended the total despite facing one of the biggest hitters in the game in the rival camp.
Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile ripped apart the Bangalore top-order by dismissing skipper Virat Kohli (0), AB de Villiers (8) and Kedar Jadhav (9) cheaply. Pacemen Chris Woakes (3/6) and Colin de Grandhomme (3/4) then took three wickets each to bowl the Royal Challengers out for 49 in just 9.4 overs to complete the humiliation.
After Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions, here it was RCB’s turn to feel the Sunil Narine sting as he once again began the KKR innings in blazing fashion. In the first over from Samuel Badree, Narine hit his Trinidad and Tobago teammate for three consecutive fours and a six, scoring 18 off him. Badree was immediately taken out of the attack, but Narine continued to be on song scoring back-to-back boundaries off his replacement Sreenath Aravind. Narine's assault seemed to have rattled the RCB unit, to an extent that even their skipper Virat Kohli misfielded. Gautam Gambhir's wicket at the other end kept Narine quiet for a while and it resulted in his wicket in the sixth over. Stuart Binny, after getting hit for a boundary, bowled one short to which Narine swivelled and pulled across straight down Yuzvendra Chahal's throat at deep square leg. He had done the job once again; KKR scored 65 inside the Powerplay.
Yuzvendra Chahal continued his good run in the IPL, taking his second successive three-wicket haul in the IPL. After his 3/31 against Gujarat Lions, he returned with stunning figures of 3/16 in four overs against RCB. With Chahal ripping through KKR's middle order, Woakes and Suryakumar Yadav stitched up a nice little 27-run stand for the seventh wicket before Tymal Mills foxed the England allrounder with a slower one to be out caught at deep mid wicket.
Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers
131/10 (19.3) 49/10 (9.4)
Knight Riders won by 82 runs