IPL 2019, RCB vs KKR Match in Bangalore: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 6, 2019, 8:55 AM IST

Match 17, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 05 April, 2019

Toss won by Kolkata Knight Riders (decided to bowl)

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets

Man of the Match: Andre Russell

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Russell: I was confident when I went out to bat. DK was telling me to take a few balls to see how the pitch is behaving. I was watching in the dugout on TV and had a fair idea. When you need 68 off 20-odd balls, it doesn't happen everyday. Need to put your body on the line. The nature of T20 is such that one over can change the momentum. That's why I never give up. A part of me was saying that the runs needed were too much but I wanted to fight and eventually, we won with five balls spare. The support is good from the boys and I am in a good space so that I can express myself. No ground is big enough for me I guess, I just trust my power. Hand-eye coordination is the key (for low full tosses) as they aren't easy to hit. I try short arm jabs as extending the arms can put you in trouble. Can't explain much, rather show that on the field (grins widely).

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Karthik: Those kinds of knocks, you don't talk much. We trust him as a player. It's important to give him an atmosphere where he's happy and he just keeps performing. Yeah, it was hard to play strokes against spinners with the ball gripping but was easier against the fast bowlers. I think as much as well he batted, it's time we all started to bowl better and help the batters. It was nice to see Lynny bat like that and take responsibility.

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Lynn: We keep putting him in tough situations and he keeps lifting his game. He is just too good. 215 was probably par on that wicket. Both teams gave opportunities.We dropped Kohli and ABD and RCB also dropped a couple of chances. We had luck on our side. Change of fortune for us. It is unbelievable and entertaining for us. He keeps doing it. He is a billion dollar man for KKR.

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Kohli: There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That's been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it's always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell. I wasn't really happy getting out at that moment, could've got 20-25 more. AB didn't get much strike in the end. I thought the runs were enough on the board, we didn't have enough composure. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don't think talking enough helps all the time. You need to give the guys some space and come back stronger in the next game. It's been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances. We just have to believe in ourselves that we can turn things around.

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Damn, that was something else! Russell has once again done it for KKR! KKR needed 54 off 18 and that's when Russell decimated everyone associated with RCB. The big man smashed seven sixes and a four in his 13-ball 48 and took the game away from the home team.

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Gill knocks one towards backward square leg and gets the job done for KKR. RCB will be devasted and Kohli can's believe his luck. KKR win by five wickets.

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Russell, what a champ! Ends the over with four and six. This is all over! 29 runs from this over and KKR now need just one from the final over. 

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Dre Russ, take a bow! On the slot and Russell heaves it over deep square leg for a maximum. Southee then drops one short and Russell manages to send one over the third man fence. He follows it up with another one over cow corner. Three in three for the big man. 

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Stoinis has been given the ball and Russell tonks him for consecutive sixes to keep KKR in the game. 30 needed in 12 now.

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Siraj's horrible day continues as he bowls another beamer and will now not be allowed to continue. Russell, however, still managed to get enough willow to send it out of the park. 45 needed in 16, this is still very much possible.

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Good start this from Siraj, keeping it wide and outside Russell's reach. Two dot balls to start with. 

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Karthik hits Saini for 4 and 6 but then hits one straight to deep mid-wicket fielder. 53 needed in last three overs and all eyes will be on Russell.

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Siraj drops another but Chahal gets his man on the very next delivery. Nitish Rana mistimes one to the sweeper cover and will have to walk back for 37. The legspinner has been superb tonight and almost got Karthik lbw but the review suggested that the ball was missing the stumps. KKR now need 66 in 24 balls.

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Finally an over KKR needed, Rana smashed Negi for a four and six and collects 14 runs from the over. KKR now need 72 in 30 deliveries.

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KKR are just waiting for medium pacers so that they can send Russell out. There's some help for the spinners and the match has now tilted in RCB's favour with their spinners bowling well.

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What an over from Yuzvendra Chahal! Just six from it and KKR have only managed 13 runs in the last three overs. Amidst all this, Russell is yet to come out to bat and KKR might have missed a trick by not sending him ahead of DK.

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Only seven runs off the last two overs and KKR now need 92 off 42 deliveries. RCB will have to keep the pressure on. Meanwhile, KKR will need something special from Karthik and Russell.

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IPL 2019, RCB vs KKR Match in Bangalore: As it Happened

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Follow all the live score and latest updates from IPL 2019 game between Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Damn, that was something else! Russell has once again done it for KKR! KKR needed 53 off 18 and that's when Russell decimated everyone associated with RCB. The big man smashed seven sixes and a four in his 13-ball 48* and took the game away from the home team.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore have been dogged by Murphy’s Law — ‘Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong’ — since the start of this season. Bowled out for 70 in the opening game of IPL-12, the slide has been relentless for Virat Kohli’s franchise. Earlier this week, in a clash of ‘wooden spooners’ RCB firmly emerged as the bottom-placed team so far with four defeats in four games. The road doesn’t get any easier for Bangalore from here on as they face impressive Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.

KKR came very close to maintaining an unbeaten streak this season against the Delhi Capitals last weekend and were only eked out via a ‘Super Over’. The Dinesh Karthik-led side have done most things right this year and the X-factor for them has been West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell. The Jamaican powerhouse is averaging 79.5 this season but more importantly has a strike-rate of 248.43 coming lower down the order. Russell would relish the wayward stuff on offer by the RCB bowlers, who have struggled to keep any batting line-up in check. His form down the order has made up for inconsistent KKR top-order especially their opening combination.

The RCB need urgent improvement in all departments of the game but primarily their batting and bowling. Barring Yuzvendra Chahal, none of the RCB bowlers have looked remotely threatening and skipper Kohli and AB de Villiers’ continued failures have hurt the side badly. The Bengaluru track is a batsmen’s paradise and KKR will be looking forward to another run-feast against RCB, who have already conceded 232 runs this season in a match to the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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