Yet another special partnership (we've lost count here😅) from the mercurial duo🌟 of Kohli & de Villiers ensured that RCB kept their hopes🙏 of progression up with a 9-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight🐎Riders. KKR were put into a bat on a turning track at Kolkata by Kohli and they started well👍. Though Uthappa was caught off his own bowling by Abdulla, Pandey & Gambhir carried the innings forward at a good pace💨. Pandey was ruthless whenever he was offered width while Gambhir ticked along in his own fashion until an unfortunate miscommunication🙆 with his partner stranded him. But Andre Russell (39, 19 balls) played a blistering innings💥 at the death as he propelled the score to 183/5 in 20 overs.
RCB's chase hinged a lot on their top order's ability to fire🔫 and that is exactly what happened. It rained☂ in Kolkata in the morning and it rained in the evening as well.... except it was 4⃣s and 6⃣es at the Eden Gardens👌. Gayle looked set for a special one as he gradually found his range👏 - 63 runs came in the powerplay. There was no respite for KKR even after Narine foxed Gayle😱. In came ABD & proceeded to carry on from where he & Kohli left it at Bengaluru😳. In between, Gambhir floored a catch at point of Kohli - cardinal sin😏 when he is in such an unbelievable run of form. Though 59 runs were required from the last 6 overs, Kohli & ABD made a mockery😄 of the asking rate and finished the match with 8 balls to spare👌.
⭐MoM: Virat Kohli
📊Points Table: 780