Eliminator 1 was played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. It was an intense game that ended with KKR victory. IPL 2021 is there only for few days. but these days are full of excitement. In this article, Watch RCB vs KKR Match Highlights which was also the Qualifier.
- As a bonus, we have also described the summary of this IPL game.
So, stay with us as we brief everything.
RCB vs KKR Match Summary
Let’s have a look at the RCB VS KKR summary first.
RCB vs KKR Match Toss
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and they decided they will bat first. Both teams were unchanged. Andre Russell was unavailable for selection due to his injury.
Royal Challengers Batting
Royal Challengers Bangalore batting was heavily dependent on Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers in this match. Davedutt Padikkal opened with Virat Kohli. They gave a good start of 49 runs in 5 overs. Padikkal got out on 21 runs on 18 balls. He was bowled by Lockie Ferguson. Bangalore scored 53 runs in the powerplay with the loss of 1 wicket. Shikar Bharat joined Virat after Padikkal’s wicket. Bharat who was the man of the match in the previous match looked completely out of touch in this game. He was unable to hit the ball. He got out on 9 runs on 16 balls. He struggled throughout his innings.
Virat Kohli took his time and remained at the other one end. But when he tried to accelerate his innings he also got out. He scored 39 runs on 33 balls. By the time Kohli got out, Bangalore was on 88 runs with the loss of three wickets. Maxwell and de Villers were on the crease. Bangalore wanted them to fire with the bat to reach a good total but they failed to score big with the bat. Ab de Villers got out on 11 runs while Maxwell managed to score 15 runs.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore finished the innings at the score of 138 runs with the loss of 7 wickets. They weren’t able to hit the six in the whole innings.
Kolkata Knight Riders Bowling
Kolkata Knight Riders were quite good with the ball. Especially, Sunil Narine did not just bowl the economic spell but he picked the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villers, and Maxwell. He broke the backbone of Bangalore’s batting. The rest of the bowlers also bowled well. Lockie Ferguson picked two wickets. Shakib and Chakravarthy bowled the economic spells as well.
Kolkata Knights Riders Batting
In the replay, Kolkata’s openers started pretty decent. Shubham Gill and Venkatesh Iyer scored 41 runs before Shubham Gill was dismissed by Harshal Patel. He scored 29 runs on 18 balls with 4 fours. Rahul Tripathi who has performed in the whole season couldn’t able to contribute in this match. He was got out on just 6 runs. He was given LBW on Yuzvendra Chahal bowling.
Venkatesh Iyer scored 26 runs on 30 balls. He was dismissed by Harshal Patel. Nitish Rana also chipped in with the bat. He added 23 runs in 25 balls. Sunil Narine was promoted to the batting order. After his brilliant form with the ball, he started the innings with three sixes on three balls. He scored 26 runs on 15 balls that turned the match in favor of Kolkata. He was dismissed by Siraj.
- Kolkata Knight’s Rider chased the target in the last over with two balls to spare.
Bangalore’s regular bowlers bowled remarkably. They not only bowled economically but also picked wickets at the regular interval. Siraj, Chahal, and Harshal Patel took 2 wickets each. Harshal Patel has taken 32 wickets this season. It is the most number of wickets picked by any bowler in one season. But he was the lone warrior in the season and his performance was not able to take them to the finals. Their fifth bowling option was the reason they lose. Dan Christian gave too many runs in his 1.4 overs and at the crucial time.
Man of the match in KKR vs RCB Match
Sunil Narine was awarded the man of the match award due to his all-around performance. He took three wickets and also scored quick 23 runs to help his team qualify for eliminator 2.
RCB vs KKR Match Highlights
Now it is time for RCB vs KKR Match Highlights:
All in all, it was a great game. RCB fans were heart broken with this defeat. They will still have to wait for their favorite team to lift the IPL trophy. Kolkata will now play with Delhi Capitals in eliminator 2 and the winner of that match will qualify for the final. Let’s see who will win this year’s IPL edition.