Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers saw their side through once again © AFP
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers saw their side through once again © AFP

Royal Challengers Bangalore are close to pull off a turnaround like Mumbai Indians in IPL 2015 winning matches in the end of the league to bring themselves back in the hunt for the trophy. With the win against KKR they move up to fifth spot surpassing Delhi Daredevils in the IPL Points Table. They chased down 186 runs with 10 balls to spare. The pitch seemed pretty different from a typical Eden Garden pitch. This was possible because off an early slaughter from Chris Gayle throwing KKR bowlers off their line and length. Earlier Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen were able to put up a fighting total of 183 with the help of two half centuries from skipper Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey respectively and a late cameo from Andre Russell. Here are the highlights from the match. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli scores most runs in a single IPL season

RCB’s innings

Mini Gayle-storm: Chris Gayle made a comeback when the team needed the most. After scoring eight single digit scores, it was his turn to hit big sixes. He wasn’t in the mood to spare anyone and soon it was raining sixes at Eden Gardens and everyone could see the Gayle-storm coming. He picked up the short deliveries well and looked dangerous through-out his stay.

Sunil Narine provides breakthrough: Sunil Narine took the wicket of the danger-man Chris Gayle after getting hit for a flat six. He trapped him in front as the ball pitched in line. Gayle walked back to the pavilion after scoring 49 runs off just 31 deliveries. He hit 4 sixes and 5 fours in his innings.

KKR bowlers make a comeback: KKR bowlers were right on the money after picking up the wicket of Chris Gayle. They kept Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers quiet for a while, giving only 38 runs from 7th to 12th over. This created a bit of pressure on the batsmen and lured Virat Kohli into playing a loose shot to covers although Gautam Gambhir dropped the catch.

Virat Kohli- AB de Villiers show once again: Kohli and De Villiers started where they left. The duo was at its dangerous best yet again. They shared a partnership of 115 runs from 67 balls ensuring another win for RCB. The pair finished the game with 10 balls to spare improving their run rate yet again. The bowlers had no answer as both Kohli and De Villiers launched an onslaught, making it look like a one sided game in the end. Kohli meanwhile, broke the record for most runs in a single IPL season as well.

KKR’s innings

Abdulla strikes early: Iqbal Abdulla removed Robin Uthappa on the second ball off the third over to put the pressure on KKR. Uthappa became a victim of soft dismissal, playing against the turn and getting a leaning edge back to the bowler.

Partnership between Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey: The duo did some damage control and then started to open their arms piling on 51 runs in the Power-play overs. Both the batsman rotated the strike with a boundary almost each over.

Gautam Gambhir’s wicket: Gambhir reached his half century in 32 balls and was looking dangerous. He escaped a mix up with his partner in the 8th over. Another mix up and the RCB fielders made no mistake this time around, as he walked off the field after scoring 51 off 34 balls. That was considered as the turning point of the innings for a while as the flow of runs slowed down.

Manish Pandey’s wicket: Manish Pandey too departed soon after scoring his fifty trying to slog the ball to the mid wicket region, caught by AB de Villiers. His wicket slowed up the innings for a while.

RCB bowler’s comeback: RCB bowlers staged a decent comeback by only giving 37 runs and picking up three wickets between 10 to 15 overs. RCB came back well after leaking runs in the first 10 overs.

Russell and Shakib’s all out attack: After losing four wickets in a jiffy KKR were instantly pushed to back foot. After losing Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav in quick succession KKR batsman backed themselves to go after the bowlers. Aravind dropped Shakib on 14. Russell took the matter in his own hands and blasted off 39 in 19 deliveries with the help of two fours and three sixes.