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IPL 2019: KKR hunt down RCB with 'Russell Muscle'

BENGALURU: On the eve of one of the most greatest fairs down south, Ugadi, it was more sour information for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as they misplaced their fifth fit on the trot within the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL).


This time it was ruthless Andre Russell who came calling with the sour tablet, scoring a fantastic, unbeaten 13-ball 48 (1x4, 6x7) to verify a five-wicket win for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with 5 balls to spare.

After RCB skipper Virat Kohli (84; 49b, 9x4, 2x6) and AB de Villiers (63; 32b, 5x4, 4x6) lit up the M Chinnaswamy stadium and the house aspect posted a aggressive 205/3, the spin duo of Pawan Negi (2/21) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/24) tried to carry up one finish, but some horrible fielding and 52 runs conceded within the final two overs price the aspect the fit.

The visitors had been within the chase for the better a part of the contest with Chris Lynn (43; 31b, 4x4, 2x6), Robin Uthappa (33; 25b, 6x4) and Nitish Rana (37; 23b, 1x4, 2x6) making important contributions. There was a lull within the center, but Russell grew to become the tables and it began raining sixes.

Mohammed Siraj, then again, will not put out of your mind RCB’s loss in a hurry. The pacer had a horrible day on the box and returned figures of 2.2-0-36-0 with the exception of putting down two catches, that of Rana and Lynn.

The 18th over which he was to bowl modified the course of the fit. After two dot balls, Siraj bowled a wide. The subsequent was a no-ball which Russell sent into the stands and with two balls going above the waist level, Siraj had to be pulled out of the assault. The distress hadn’t ended, it simplest began.

Earlier, put into bat through KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik on a surface which would have happy the batsmen, Parthiv Patel (25; 24b, 3x4) and Kohli were given their act together quickly with their 64-run opening partnership, their very best this season.

The home team openers smashed new-ball bowler Prasidh Krishna for three boundaries within the first over. They picked the gaps with ease and raced to 53 runs in powerplay. The Kolkata bowlers, then again, struck again with Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Rana and Piyush Chawla arresting the big hits.

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