Royal Challenger Bangalore(RCB) clinched a narrow 3-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) in the Indian Premier League(IPL) on Wednesday, March 30 at DY Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai. RCB had earlier won the toss and elected to bowl. They had fielded the same playing XI, while Tim Southee came in place for Shivam Mavi in KKR playing XI.
RCB managed to win after taking the game into the final over
Wanindu Hasaranga had emerged as the standout bowler from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) camp as they bundled out Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on 128 after inviting them to bat first. The spinner picked four wickets and conceded just 20 runs.
KKR started on a poor note as they had lost Venkatesh Iyer 10 (14), Ajinkya Rahane 9 (10), and Nitish Rana 10 (5) in the powerplay overs. The newly appointed skipper, Shreyas Iyer also failed to do much as he was dismissed on 13 (10).
However, the hard-hitter Andre Russell did manage to light the stadium with some massive sixes but he could only score 25 off 18 balls. KKR were teetering at 101 for nine before Umesh Yadav (18) and Varun Chakaravarthy (10) took them to a respectable total.
While, RCB also got off to a wobbly start with Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee picking three wickets inside the powerplay overs. David Willey and Sherfane Rutherfod then stitched a crucial partnership and Shahbaz Ahmed also chipped in with a vital 27 off 20 balls.
The match had then gone into the final over for a thriller early on in the cash-rich league. It was the former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik who hit Andre Russell for a six and a four to close the game. This victory marked RCB’s first win of the 2022 season.
KKR are set to face Punjab Kings(PBKS) on Friday, April 1, while RCB will face Rajasthan Royals(RR) on Tuesday, April 5.