Royal Challengers Bangalore met Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday at Sharjah after Chennai Super Kings booked their berth for the finals last night. In Eliminator, team losing the match will have to walk out of the tournament.
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Upon winning the toss, Virat Kohli and co decided to bat first. Both the teams made no changes coming into the playoffs. Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal got off to a fiery start. The two started hitting the KKR pacers straight away. The two managed to put up 49 runs on the board before Devdutt Padikkal lost his wicket to Lockie Ferguson. Padikkal managed to score 21 runs off 18 deliveries which included 2 fours. Srikar Bharat could not stay for much longer as he was dismissed after scoring 9 runs. Virat Kohli was too dismissed in the 13th over of the game after scoring 39 runs off 33 deliveries.
RCB ended up scoring 138/7 after the conclusion of the innings.
It looked like a chasable target for Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders. Openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer got off to a crazy start. They scored 41 runs for the first wicket before Shubman Gill lost his wicket in the final over of the powerplay. Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana were removed soon after the dismissal of Gill. However, Sunil Narine’s promotion up the order worked for the Knight Riders as he put up a cameo of 26 runs off 15 deliveries which comprised of three sixes at a strike rate of 173.33.
Wicket-keeper batsmen Dinesh Karthik came out to bat at no.6 after the removal of Nitish Rana. After coming on to bat, he scored a four in the very next over of the game. Kolkata were in a comfortable position as they needed just 15 runs in the last three overs. Mohammad Siraj was brought back into the attack in the 18th over of the game. Siraj did the work in the 2nd ball of the over by removing Sunil Narine.
Siraj picked up another wicket in the same over. He removed Dinesh Karthik in the fourth ball of the over. Srikar Bharat took the catch as the ball took the edge of Karthik’s bat. The on-field umpire referred the decision upstairs. The third umpire was taking a lot of time to come up to a decision. Eventually Dinesh Karthik walked off the field before the umpire could reach to a conclusion.