IPL 2020 highlights, KKR vs RCB Match Today: RCB thrash KKR by 8 wickets to rise to 2nd spot
KKR vs RCB, IPL 2020 highlights, Match 39: Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in the match No. 39 of the Indian Premier League in Abu Dhabi. Mohammed Siraj was the star as he finished with figures of 3 for 8.
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IPL 2020 highlights, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohi and Gurkeerat Singh Mann remianed unbeaten to ensure an easy 8-wicket win for RCB against KKR in Abu Dhabi. Mohammed Siraj returned with career-best figues of 3 for 8 as RCB restricted KKR to 84 for 8 - the lowest total by a side which hasn’t been bowled out in the IPL. Siraj dismissed Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana in his first over and then got rid of Tom Banton in his second. After his burst with the new ball Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal made little work of the KKR middle order. Morgan had won toss and opted to bat first. Both Sunil Narine and Andre Russell did not find a place in the KKR Playing XI because of fitness issues. Tom Banton got another crack while Prasidh Krishna returned. For RCB, right-arm pacer Siraj replaced Shahbaz Ahmed. The race to play-offs in Indian Premier League 2020 has suddenly turned interesting with KXIP’s hat-trick of wins. KKR too strengthen their position at No.4 with a Super Over win against SRH but Eoin Morgan has a few problems with their being Narine and Russell not being there. Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, will look to exploit that attack KKR at the top when these two sides meet in Abu Dhabi today.
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RCB thrash KKR
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets. RCB chased down the 85-run target in 13.2 overs to rise to second spot in the IPL points table.
RCB need 3 runs to win
Four dots to finish by Lockie Ferguson, RCB need 3 runs to finish this match.
Gurkeerat on the charge
FOUR! He didn’t intend it to play it that fine but Chakravarthy’s pace on the ball can surprise you bit but no change in the result. Gurkeerat collects a four and then sweeps one through the long leg are to collect consecutive fours.
Chakravarthy to Gurkeerat: FOUR
WOW! Just hold that pose Gurkeerat. Even Virat Kohli at the non-striker’s end enjoyed it. Gurkeerat went inside out and made such good connection that it almost went all the way. RCB 63/2 after 10 overs.
Chakravarthy to Kohli: FOUR
Short and wide and that is just bread and butter or shall we say Rajma Chawal for Virat Kohli. He rocks back and slaps it past the point fielder and it races away to the boundary.
Ferguson to Gurkeerat: FOUR
Delightful stroke from Gurkeerat Singh Mann. It was bowled at pace, Gurkeerat stood tall and just stoked it on the up to find the gap in the cover region. That should give him a lot of confidence.
KKR vs RCB live score: Good over from Varun C
Varun Chakravarthy bowls a very good over, only 2 runs from it and nearly got Virat Kohli caught and bowled. Only if KKR had a total to defend, this math could have been interesting.
Devdutt Padikkal is run out
RUN OUT! There is the second wicket. He was looking good at 25 runs off 17 balls. Length ball on the body, Mann taps it towards square leg. Padikkal wants one and rushes in from the other end. Mann says no after taking a couple of steps. Padikkal though does not stop, keeps running. He literally gets to the other end and it is too late for him to turn back.
Lockie Ferguson strikes
CAUGHT! And Kolkata finally have a wicket. Finch was coming down earlier, this time stays in his crease but gets a soft outside edge. Good length ball around off, Finch looks to drive but it was a bit too close to do so. Ends up inducing a soft outside edge. It goes to Karthik to the keeper’s right. Easy catch though and Karthik is never going to miss those.
Varun Chakravarthy to Padikkal - FOUR!
FOUR! Too wide from Varun but Padikkal cut him past point for a boundary. A quick repsonse from the youngster, getting the results as desired.
Cummins to Finch - FOUR
FOUR! This one was angled towards the keg and Finch, with a hard bottom hand, whipped over square leg to end Cummins’ over with a four.
Prasidh to Finch - FOUR
FOUR! Krishna misses his line this time and Finch makes the most of it. Tickles it down towards fine leg fir four runs. An expensive from Prasidh Krishna this, RCB - 28/0 after 4 overs
Prasidh to Padikkal - FOUR
FOUR! Another one from Devdutt Padikkal. An amazing shot from the youngster - slicing it over mid-off to get four runs on the board.
Cummins to Padikkal: FOUR
Clean as a whistle from Devdutt Padikkal. This youngster can bat and bat well. Makes room and just lets his hands do the rest to put it over the mid off fielder and collect his first boundary of the match.
Prasidh Krishna starts well
Some hostile stuff from the KKR new-ball bowlers but no damage done. Finch and Padikkal have taken RCB to 8 for no loss after 2 overs.
IPL 2020, KKR vs RCB Live Score
Fast and Furious from Pat Cummins, 4 runs including legbyes from the first over. Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch only have see through the new-ball burst and it should be cakewalk for RCB.
RCb chase begins
Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch will start the RCB innings and Pat Cummins has the ball in hand for KKR.
KKR innings ends with a run out
A run out to end the innings. RCB have restricted KKR to the lowest score by a side who haven’t been bowled out in IPL. KKR finish with 84 for 8. It has been a forgettable night for Knights.
Morris to Kuldeep: FOUR
A welcome boundary for KKR. It was a nice pull shot from Kuldeep Yadav and it just trickles away into the boundary. Can KKR cross 80? Looks like they will. Ah those little joys.
IPL 2020, KKR vs RCB live: Siraj bowls his most expensive over
SIX RUNS, yes SIX runs - That’s unexpected from you Mohammed Siraj, especially when No. 9 and 10 are batting. What a spell of bowling it has been. Sirja finishes his 4 over with career best figures of 3 for 8. Last over coming up for KKR.
Morris bowls a tight over
3 runs from the 18th over. KKR still can’t find the boundary. They are 68 for 7 The lowest total for a team which hasn’t been bowled out in the IPL is 92. Looks like KKR will break that one today.
KKR vs RCB Live: Chahal finishes
7 runs from Yuzvendra Chahal’s last over and he finishes his 4 over quote with figures of 2 for 15. It’s been that kind of day the RCB bowlers have done nothing wrong and the RCB batsmen have done nothing right.
IPL 2020, KKR vs RCB Live Score: Morgan is out
Washington Sundar has sent back KKR’s last hope of getting to 100. Eoin Morgan has been dismissed for 30 and KKR now are 57 for 7. Morgan wanted to find the gap but didn’t get it and neither did he time that pull shot.
IPL 2020 Live Score, Saini to Morgan: FOUR
An Eoin Morgan pull shot trickles away towards the deep mid-wicket boundary. It ruins Navdeep Saini’s superb over and also brings up KKR’s fifty in 15 overs, would you believe it?
Chahal to Cummins: OUT
The plan has worked. RCB knew Cummins was having a difficult time in the middle,the trap was set and Cummins obliges. A flighted delivery from Chahal outside off, Cummins wanted to go over extra cover but manages to go only as far as the long off fielder. A simple to Devdutt Padikkal and KKR are 40 for 6.
A maiden from Sundar
This is just outstanding stuff from Washington Sundar. He kept on bowling those sliders and Pat Cummins kept on missing them, the one Sundar got to turn hit Cummins on the pads and he was saved by the barest of margins.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2020 live
Where are the runs? Lost somewhere in the desert probably. It’s coming in small instalments of ones and twos for KKR. Another 3 run over from Chahal.
Washington Sundar on the money
RCB can’t do anything wrong today it seems. Whoever Virat Kohli has thrown the ball today has provided the goods. Sundar beat Pat Cummins twice on the outside edge and gives away only 3 runs in his frits over. Surely KKR would do really well if they cross 100 from here on.
What a start by Chahal
The wicket of Dinesh Karthik and almost that one of Pat Cummins, Yuzvendra Chahal starts brilliantly. 3 runs and wicket in that over. KKR are 33 for 5 after 9 overs.
Chahal to Karthik: OUT
Wow what a review that one from Virat Kohli. He was the one who was keen to go for it and it proves to be the right call. Three reds and Yuzvendra Chahal has dismissed former KKR captain Dinesh Karthik to stall whatever mini recovery he and Morgan had done. KKR 32 for 5 now.
Saini to Morgan: SIX
Just over the outstretched hands of the fielder and Eoin Morgan hits his first six of the match. That was smart from Morgan. He targeted the short part of the ground and got just enough to clear the ropes. KKR 30 for 4 after 8 overs.
Udana to Morgan: FOUR
SHOT! A thunderous cover drive from Eoin Morgan. It was a floating half volley from Isuru Udana and Morgan planted his front foot and rove it with disdain.
KKR vs RCB live: End of powerplay
Only 2 runs from Mohammed Siraj’s third over, nothing out of the ordinary apart from the fact Siraj gave his first runs of the match in this over. So at the end of the powerplay, KKR are tottering at 17 for 4. Where do they go from here? They have Morgan and Karthik - KKR’s two most experienced batsman - in the middle.
Tight over from Morris
Technically another maiden as the only run in Chris Morris’ over came from a leg bye. RCB are all over KKR at the moment. Eoin Morgan tried to break the shackles by giving himself room but failed to find the gap in the off side. KKR 15/4 after 5 overs.
Siraj bowls another maiden
Another wicket maiden from Mohammed Siraj. He is yet to concede a run in his two overs and has already picked up the wickets of Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Tom Banton.
Siraj to Banton: OUT
Edged and taken! Mohammed Sirja can do no wrong today. Perfect delivery outside off stump, just a hint of away movement and no feet from Banton. It takes the outside edge and de Villiers takes a simple catch. Siraj has 0/3 now.
Tom Banton shows his class
A superb straight drive for a four and then a power-pakced flat pull shot that carries over the ropes, Tom Banton releases some pressure and shows his class. KKR desperately need a partnership and Banton has showed good signs.
KKR vs RCB, IPL 2020 Live Score: KKR 3/3
What is happening here? Shubman Gill has played one of the worse shots to throw his wicket away when his team were 3 for 2. Now make that 3 for 3. Navdeep Saini won’t complain. It was short delivery, Gill tried to pull it off his front foot, got an edge and the fielder made no mistakes. So KKR have lost 3 wickets for no runs.
Mohammed Siraj on fire
Two wickets in two balls. Mohammed Siraj has just lit up Abu Dhabi with Test match lengths. He first got the outside edge from Rahul Tripathi’s bat and then bowled a beauty of a delivery that came back in to knock over Nitish Rana for a duck. A double wicket maiden for Siraj. KKR 3/2.
Chris Morris starts well
A very good first over from Chris Morris, only 3 runs from it. This has been the problem for KKR throughout this IPL. Their openers have failed to get them off to a flying start. Will it change today? We have Siraj from the other end.
KKR vs RCB Live: It is Tripathi and Gill
So we have our answer. Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi have walked out to open the batting for KKR. Chris Morris has the ball in hand for RCB. We are all set for the first ball.
IPL 2020, KKR vs RCB Live Score: Who’ll open for KKR?
Right KKR once again have too many options for opening the batting with. Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi have been their preferred choice but with Tom Banton coming in, it would interesting to see what Eoin Morgan does.
Eoin Morgan speaks at the toss
“The wicket looks good. The games we have won so far, the majority of them we have batted first. It seems to have worked for us throughout the tournament so far. There’s (batting in the powerplay) been continuous improvement for the start of the tournament to the last game. In the last game, we paced it really well. The wickets have been slower which has made it more challenging. The guys at the top against Sunrisers did a great job.”
Virat Kohli at the toss
“Looks like a good pitch, shoerter boundary on one side. It should be a good chase as long as we bowl well first and restrict a strong batting line-up to a decent total. It’s not a drastic change, on the day if you are playing well, you can win on any ground. We bowled them out cheaply in Sharjah which was supposedly not happening in any game. We did play good cricket last time here. It’s all about how we come out to the field and execute our plans.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI
RCB Playing XI for today’s match against KKR
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Mohammed Siraj, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI
Here’s KKR’s Playing XI for today’s match against RCB.
Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Tom Banton, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
No Andre Russell and Sunil Narine
Two changes for KKR. There are fitness issues with Andre Russell, so he misses out and Suil Narine is still not a 100%. Tom Banton and Prasidh Krishna come in for KKR.
IPL live score: Toss in KKR vs RCB
Kolkata Knight Riders win the toss and opt to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.
KKR vs RCB live score
KKR vs RCB live: Pitch report of Abu Dhabi
It’s a fresh pitch, there might be good bounce as there is an even covering of grass. It is also hard so fast bowlers will enjoy bowling on it. There will be minimal turn for the spinners, they have to be more guileful and have to mix things up: Darren Ganga and JP Duminy with the pitch report.
Shubman Gill needs to improve his strike rate
KKR opener Shubman Gill is the only KKR batsman to cross the 300-run mark in this IPL so far but his strike rate of 115 is the lowest among cricketers who have scored more than 250 runs this year. Hi needs to fire at the top in order to ease the pressure on the likes of Morgan and Karthik.
Who can stop AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers just took the game away from KKR the last time these two teams met in this IPL. KKR’s best bet against AB ‘freak’ de Villiers is Sunil Narine, who has got him out 3 times in the IPL. Narine is set to return to KKR’s Playing XI today.
IPL 2020 live score: Virat Kohli in top form
In the last 6 matches, Virat Kohli has scored 30+ runs in each of those matches.Kohli at no 3 is averaging an outstanding 69.20 from 8 innings. Kohli is the 5th highest scorer of IPL 2020 and is the only non-opener out of the top 7 run scorers in IPL 2020. Kohli has now scored 347 runs, at an average of 57.83. It is his best season in IPL barring the unbelievable 2016 season.
He is only 1 six away from completing 200 sixes in T20s.
KKR vs RCB: Gautam Gambhir picks his favourite
As much Gautam Gambhir, the ‘KKR boy’ would hate to admit but he does think ‘RCB have the advantage and look a better balanced side than KKR on paper’.
RCB Predicted XI vs KKR
Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dubey, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
KKR Predicted XI vs RCB
Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
Why Pat Cummins is valuable for KKR
despite Cummins unimpressive run in IPL 2020, he has earned 141.5 MVP points so far with the average of 15.72 per match. His 141.5 MVP points in IPL 2020 has put him at the 12th position this season till now — 4th best position in the list.
Cummins has bowled 3rd most dot balls so far in powerplay so far in IPL 2020. Furthermore, Cummins is among the most effective bowler against openers in IPL 2020. He has the economy of 6.92 against openers in IPL 2020 — 5th best among pacers in IPL 2020.
How good has been AB de Villiers?
Superman, alien, freak - The adjectives keep coming as AB de Villiers produces eye-popping performances match after match year after year. He is only 58 runs from completing 8000 runs in T20 cricket and you wouldn’t wanna bet against him not getting those today against KKR.
Sunil Narine set to return for KKR
Narine wasn’t included in KKR’s last match against SRH despite his action being cleared by the committee because of not being a 100%. He is more or less certain to get his position back in the Playing XI today against RCB. If Russell is not fit enough then Narine can take his place.
Chris Morris the key in RCB bowling attack
Chris Morris since his return from injury has been superb picking up 9 wickets, the most by a RCB bowler despite playing only 4 matches. Morris has an economy of 5.25, the best by a bowler in IPL 2020. (More than 4 overs).
Morris’s average of 9.33 is also the best by a bowler in IPL 2020. (More than 4 overs). The biggest positive for RCB is Morris’s death bowling. Morris has an economy rate of 4.8 in the death overs, the best by a bowler in IPL 2020
Landmark match for KKR captain Eoin Morgan
Today’s match against RCB will be KKR captain Eoin Morgan’s 300th T20 match of his career. He will be the third player from England to reach this landmark.
KKR vs RCB head-to-head record in IPL
The Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore have met 25 times in the IPL. KKR hold the upper hand with 14 wins, while RCB have won 11. Virat Kohli’s men did beat KKR in the first encounter of IPL 2020.
Is Andre Russell fit?
There are various repots suggesting that he isn’t and might miss today’s match against RCB. Andre Russell hasn’t been able to light up this IPL but his mere presence in the KKR Playing XI is enough to strike fear in the opposition’s den.
Battle of two great captains
Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli are arguably two of the most successful captains going around in world cricket. It’s true they are blessed with two great sides when it comes to international cricket but their shrewd tactics often act as the catalyst for that success. In IPL, however, both of them haven’t tasted much success while Morgan is only 2 match old, Kohli is yet to replicate his international record with RCB. Today, it will be a test of tactical acumen of these two captains.
KKR vs RCB live: What’s in store
This is a clash that is guaranteed to make changes in the top four. If KKR win today, they will catch RCB with 12 points but if they don’t RCB will go past Mumbai Indians and take the second spot behind the leaders Delhi Capitals.
IPL 2020 live score, KKR vs RCB
Hello and welcome to the Indian Premier Leaguematch No.39 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today.