Extra Time Web Desk: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets in a low scoring thriller at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday.
With Royal Challengers Bangalore batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders could never start the innings as openers Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane got off cheaply after a slow start.
Captain Shreyas Iyer, who came to bat at 3, was also cheaply dismissed that day along with Nitish Rana by Sri Lankan magician Wanindu Hasaranga, who was dismissed by Bengal pacer Akash Deep, courtesy of taking 3 wickets. Some great bowling.
The batsmen who came after Billings, Narine and Sheldon were also cheaply dismissed by in-form RCB bowlers, with Andre Russell scoring some quick runs for the Kolkata franchise before the great Hershel Patel was dismissed.
It was then the last wicket pairing of Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakraborty, which helped KKR to score a respectable 128 in their 20 overs.
Coming to bat second, RCB top 3 KKR pacers including captain Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli were cheaply dismissed by Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee. But the middle order of Wiley, Rutherford and Shahbaz helped turn the Bangalore franchise around and bring the match closer before the end of the match in Dinesh Karthik style.
However, it was a great day for Bengali cricket as both Akash Deep and Shahbaz Ahmed gave match winning performances for their team.