What a team normally does to win a T20 game comfortably? First restrict the opposition to a manageable target, then expect your openers to give you a strong start so that the opposition is out of the game then and there only and then your middle order should keep the momentum going and then the finishing touch and the game is won comfortably with few deliveries in hand. RCB did everything which was prescribed to them, just that they could not give the finishing touch and lost a game which was theirs, though out 39 overs of the match, in the last over.
IPL 7 | Match 11 | RCB Vs KKR
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Toss: RCB and elected to field first
KKR: Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav, R Vinay Kumar, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav
RCB: Parthiv Patel, Yogesh Takawale, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Ashoke Dinda, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron, Muttiah Muralitharan
Mini Score Card:
KKR 150/7 (20) Run rate: 7.50
Chris Lynn 45 (31) | Varun Aaron 3/16 (4)
Jacques Kallis 43 (42) | Mitchell Starc 2/33 (4)
RCB 148/5 (20) Run rate: 7.40
Yogesh Takawale 40 (28) | R Vinay Kumar 2/26 (4)
Virat Kohli 31 (23) | Sunil Narine 1/17 (4)
Result: KKR won by 2 runs
Points: KKR 2 (Total 4) | RCB 0 (Total 4)
Man of the match: Chris Lynn (KKR)
Umpires: Aleem Dar | Vineet Kulkarni | AK Chaudhary (3rd) | K Bharatan (Reserve)
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
How they played the game:
Powerplay: KKR 42 runs, 2 wickets | RCB 49 runs, 0
First 50 runs: KKR 39 balls | RCB 37 balls
50-100 runs: KKR 44 balls | RCB 37 balls
100-150 runs: KKR 36 balls | RCB 148/5 (20)
KKR: 3rd wicket – 80 runs off 61 balls between Lynn 45 and Kallis 33
RCB: 1st wicket – 67 runs off 46 balls between Takawale 40 and Patel 21
Fours and SIXES
KKR 7 Fours (3 by Lynn, 2 by Kallis and 1 each by Pandey and Uthappa) | 6 SIXES (3 by Lynn and 1 each by Kallis, Uthappa and Yadav)
RCB 18 Fours (4 by Takawale, 4 by Kohli, 3 by Patel, 2 by Yuvraj and 1 by de Villiers) 1 SIX by Yuvraj
Important facts about the match:
- This is second time KKR as won a game with 2 runs margin.
- This is also a second occasion when KKR has defended 150 or less against RCB.
- KKR has defended 150 or less six times now in all 7 IPL.
- Gautam Gambhir got out for a duck in all three games KKR has played in this year’s IPL.
In the PIC: KKR celebrates their close win against RCB
Picture Courtesy: ESPN-Cricinfo