Kohli on ABD’s knock: It was unbelievable. I thought I had a few balls under my belt so I’ll start striking. But he came in and hit his third ball nicely. Many people can play knocks like hat. But on a pitch like that, to bat like that, only AB can do that. It was a special knock. We got 195 purely because of the genius of that man.
Dinesh Karthik: “AB is a world-class player. He is hard to stop. He was the difference between the two teams. We tried everything. The only ball was the perfect inswinging yorker. Anything else was going.”
KKR 112/9 after 19 overs (Chakravarthy 7, Krishna 2)
RCB beat KKR by 82 runs. What a performance by Kohli’s team! ABD’s innings was the highlight but the manner in which the bowlers backed it up made it a special night.
KKR 108/9 after 19 overs (Chakravarthy 5)
WICKET! Morris sends Nagarkoti back with a quick delivery. The batsman looked to slog it, only got an inside edge back onto the stumps.
K Nagarkoti b Chris Morris 4(7)
KKR 99/8 after 17 overs (Nagarkoti 1)
WICKET! Tripathi falls while desperately trying to up the run-rate. Great diving catch by Morris in the deep. Wicket for Siraj.
Tripathi c Chris Morris b Siraj 16(22)
KKR 95/7 after 16 overs (Tripathi 12, Nagarkoti 1)
Chahal finished with 4-0-12-1. Brilliant spell. Alongwith Sundar, he finished off the KKR chase.
KKR 89/7 after 14.5 overs (Tripathi 8)
WICKET! Cummins in and Cummins out. Fails to get it away, caught by Padikkal. Morris gets the wicket.
Cummins c Devdutt Padikkal b Chris Morris 1(3)
KKR 85/6 after 13.5 overs (Tripathi 5)
WICKET! Udana into the attack. 4-6-4, to start the over and then 0-W. It looked like Russell would take him on but Udana finally got him. Huge wicket. Game over for KKR?
Russell c Siraj b Udana 16(10)
KKR 71/5 after 13 overs (Russell 2, Tripathi 5)
Padikkal has given Russell, on 1, a life. Tough catch, he took it but then it popped out as he hit the ground. 14th catch dropped by RCB this season.
KKR 64/5 after 11.1 overs (Russell 0)
WICKET! Sundar sends back Morgan now. Wow. KKR in big, big trouble. Tried to tee-off, caught by Udana at short third man.
Morgan c Udana b Washington Sundar 8(12)
KKR 62/4 after 10.3 overs (Morgan 7)
WICKET! Karthik drags one back onto the stumps. Chahal gets the wicket. Lovely flight and Karthik took the bait.
Karthik b Chahal 1(2)
KKR 55/3 after 9.3 overs (Morgan 1)
WICKET! Gill walking back now. KKR are collapsing here. There was no run there and Gill was the one who called for it.
Shubman Gill run out (Udana/de Villiers) 34(25)
KKR 54/2 after 9 overs (Gill 33, Morgan 1)
Finch dropped Gill on 31 but just three runs from the over. With every passing over, KKR will feel the need to play big shots. The desperation might lead to wickets for RCB.
KKR 51/2 after 8 overs (Gill 31)
Gill survives on 31 off Chahal’s bowling as Finch spills a chance at long on
KKR 51/2 after 8 overs (Gill 31)
WICKET! The pressure got to Rana. No fours in the last few overs and the left-hander went for the slog sweep. He missed and Sundar struck.
Nitish Rana b Washington Sundar 9(14)
KKR 46/1 after 7 overs (Gill 28, Rana 7)
Chahal comes in and gives only three runs from his first over. RCB will look to put the squeeze on KKR now.
KKR 43/1 after 6 overs (Gill 26, Rana 6)
Washington Sundar comes into the attack and gives away just 4 runs. Brilliant as he always is.
KKR 39/1 after 5 overs (Gill 24, Rana 5)
16-run over from Siraj. Gill took him for a four and a six off the last two balls. KKR shouldn’t leave themselves a lot to do in the back 10. Batting against spinners wasn’t easy in the first innings.
KKR 23/1 after 4 overs (Gill 13)
WICKET! Banton never really got going and Saini has him walking back with a 148 km/h delivery that the right-hander edged back onto the stumps. That was quick.
Tom Banton b Navdeep Saini 8(12)
KKR 16/0 after 3 overs (Banton 7, Gill 7)
Siraj into the attack and he gives away just 4 runs in his first over. One of the two openers needs to play a few shots here. Not everyone can play like Virat; not unless they have an ABD in their team.
KKR 12/0 after 2 overs (Banton 4, Gill 6)
Another good over by Saini. RCB are off to a good start. KKR openers allowing themselves a chance to get their eye in. A good Powerplay could be vital here.
KKR 7/0 after 1 over (Banton 2, Gill 5)
Steady start by Morris. The KKR openers, Banton and Gill, weren’t trying to do too much either. First look at Banton in the IPL and it will be interesting to see how he goes.
2126 IST: KKR have some big hitters of their own. Grab the popcorn, snap in the seat belts. The chase will begin soon.
RCB 194/2 after 20 overs (Kohli 33, de Villiers 73)
After 10 overs, RCB were 78/1
After 15 overs, RCB were 111/2
After 20 overs, RCB are 194/2
83 runs off the last five overs all thanks to a stunning knock by ABD — 73 off 33. Kohli hung in there but it was the ABD show.
RCB 177/2 after 19 overs (Kohli 32, de Villiers 58)
Just 12 from the over! Prasidh does well to keep it down to just 12. With both ABD and Kohli gunning for the big runs, KKR needed this.
RCB 165/2 after 18 overs (Kohli 21, de Villiers 57)
Russell into the attack and ABD smashes 10 runs off the first two balls to go to his half century off just 23 balls. This is mad hitting.
RCB 148/2 after 17 overs (Kohli 20, de Villiers 43)
Cummins into the attack and ABD is in no mood to spare anyone. Stunning acceleration. The Aussie pacer started with a wide and then ABD smacked him for a six and a four. Then, there was a dot ball and another six!
RCB 129/2 after 16 overs (Kohli 20, de Villiers 26)
The ABD show is starting. Two sixes and a four in the over from Nagarkoti. 18 runs from the over. Here we go. KKR need to keep it together now.
Nagarkoti’s first 3 overs: 18 runs
Final over against ABD: 18 runs (2, 0, 6, 6, 0, 4)
RCB 111/2 after 15 overs (Kohli 20, de Villiers 8)
Another good over for KKR. Chakravarthy gives away just 4 runs in his final over. Last 7 overs: 42 runs | 1 wicket.
RCB 107/2 after 14 overs (Kohli 16, de Villiers 7)
RCB desperately trying to up the ante. With Kohli and ABD in the middle, the intent is clear but KKR are bowling well – throwing in a lot of cutters. This has been an intriguing battle.
RCB 94/2 after 12.2 overs (Kohli 11)
Finch backed away and Prasidh struck. Lovely yorker.
Finch b Prasidh 47(37)
RCB 90/1 after 12 overs (Finch 43, Kohli 11)
RCB’s last six/four came off the first ball of the 8th over. Nothing since. Just 4 runs from the Nagarkoti over. Something’s gotta give soon.
RCB 86/1 after 11 overs (Finch 41, Kohli 9)
Talk in the commentary about how this pitch is becoming slower and slower. 33 sixes in the first match and it is a number that has gone down in every match since. Just 17 sixes in the last match.
RCB 78/1 after 10 overs (Finch 36, Kohli 6)
Bit off a slowdown in the last few overs. Just six singles in the Nagarkoti over.
RCB 72/1 after 9 overs (Finch 33, Kohli 3)
Just three runs from the Varun Chakravarthy over. Good stuff.
RCB 67/1 after 7.4 overs (Finch 32)
WICKET! Russell sends Padikkal back. Straight and fast. The batsman missed, Russell struck.
Devdutt Padikkal b Russell 32 (23)
RCB 58/0 after 7 overs (Finch 32, Padikkal 25)
Finch has got going again and KKR aren’t helping themselves with some poor fielding. Another misfield in the over – this time from Gill on the boundary line. That is two poor efforts in two overs.
RCB 47/0 after 6 overs (Finch 23, Padikkal 23)
KKR could have had a wicket there. Nagarkoti dropped Finch off the last ball from Russell. The West Indian had set up the RCB opener well and it just went through his hands and to the boundary line.
RCB 41/0 after 5 overs (Finch 18, Padikkal 22)
Just four off the Cummins over. He manages to keep the RCb openers in check.
RCB 37/0 after 4 overs (Finch 16, Padikkal 21)
Prasidh getting his line to Padikkal wrong. Two balls on the leg and both were smashed for four. One over mid-on and then another just helped along wide of short fine-leg.
RCB 27/0 after 3 overs (Finch 15, Padikkal 12)
Padikkal getting into the act with two consecutive fours off Cummins. Cummins back at him with a good bouncer. Already looking like it is going to be a tough night for bowlers.
RCB 19/0 after 2 overs (Finch 15, Padikkal 4)
Finch gets the six-hitting for the day started by hitting one out of the park in the second over bowled by Prasidh. He is looking good.
RCB 8/0 after 1 over (Finch 7, Padikkal 1)
Finch already looking to be more aggressive against Cummins, a bowler he knows well. One beautiful clip over the infield got him and RCB going.
1928 IST: Both teams taking the field. We are all set to begin.
1902 IST: RCB win the toss and elect to bat first.
One change for RCB. Siraj comes in for Mann.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
One change for KKR. Banton comes in for Narine.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Tom Banton, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
6.40 pm: Hello and welcome to live coverage of match No 28 of Indian Premier League 2020. Tonight, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Dinesh Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.
IPL 2020 points table ahead of match No 28
|Kolkata Knight Riders||6||4||2||+0.017||8|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||6||4||2||-0.820||8|
|Chennai Super Kings||7||2||5||-0.588||4|
|Kings XI Punjab||7||1||6||-0.381||2|