KKR will face Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier on Wednesday 15th October to decide the rivals of Chennai Super Kings for the title fight.
Scorecard | As happened
Narine, who had to reconstruct his action after falling under the scanner more than once due to questionable action, single-handedly “wiped out” Royal Challengers Bangalore with 4 for 21.
He then made a crucial innings of 226 off 15 balls which eventually made the 19-run challenge a bit easier. KKR returned home with two balls left.
Kohli, who last captained the RCB, made a controversial decision to bat on a lazy surface, which also offered a counter-offer.
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Narine (// 21) returned the RCB’s biggest guns because Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell got no answer to his crooked delivery under pressure.
Varun Chakraborty (0/20) did not concede a single boundary and Shakib Al Hasan (0/24 inches) kept the batsmen in tight grip, giving KKR’s spin trika just 65 runs with four boundaries in 12 overs.
Defending low scores has never been easy, but with Herschel Patel’s all-time highest wicket-taker (in the singles version) in save2, the RCB had nothing more to write about, like a flurry of beginnings.
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Again, KKR’s spinners proved that captain Kohli’s pressure match and his failure to win the big-ticket tournament proved to be the key to tying the batsmen. Don’t forget that the captain is not his best during the middle overs in any game.
KKR’s chase could have been a bit naughty but Narin switched his hand in the 12th over to Muscat Dan Christian in three sixes, which ultimately proved decisive.
However, the evening got off to a good start for RCB when Devdutt Padikal (21 off 1 balls) and Kohli (39 off balls) got off to a great start by adding runs in the first five powerplay overs.
The opening pair attacked Shivam Mavi under pressure with five boundaries in the first few overs.
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But Lucky Ferguson (2/30), whose extra speed tried to cut the pedicle as a left-handed, pulled a delivery, pitched well outside the off-stump.
Kona Bharat (9 out of 16 balls), the hero of RCB’s last league match, was clearly in trouble as the spinners held the ball above the surface due to the slowness of the track.
He was Narin’s first four victim, when he tried to lift the spinner above the long-off but couldn’t reach the delivery pitch and hid in Venkatesh Iyer’s dip.
Kohli, who started well in most of the matches but lost momentum after scattering the field after a powerplay over, went into the shell again.
The shot that knocked him out was frustrating because a slog sweep in a full delivery from Narine was never turned on. The result was a pegged back leg-stump that also made a doom for RCB.
AB de Villiers (11) had his worst IPL season and it was Narine’s real beauty একটি a classical off-break that went through the gates to embarrass the legendary Proteas.
RCB’s best player of the season, Maxwell (15), was supposed to have a bad day, according to his ‘Love of Average’, and he caught Narine trying to slip off-spinner, which caught the little third man in a balloon. Day for the people of Trinidad.