Yusuf Pathan scored a match-winning 29-ball 60 not out © AFP
Yusuf Pathan scored a match-winning 29-ball 60 not out © AFP

The story remained the same for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday night when they took on the might of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), as they lost by 5 wickets even after scoring a daunting 185 for 7 batting first. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) continued to bowl poorly, and lost the game from a stage where they had started to look like favourites. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul struck half-centuries, and late blitz by their lower order provided RCB a total which could have been challenging enough. Let us take a look at the highlights: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 30 at Bengaluru

Virat Kohli’s amazing run: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain once again got the Orange Cap as he smashed a fine half-century. Kohli played yet another innings that was replete with glorious strokes and quick running between the wickets, but in the end, he would have walked off from the stadium thinking whatever he can do, will not be enough. Kohli struck four boundaries to score 52 off 44 balls, but his effort at the end of the day was not enough for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to win the game.

KL Rahul rises and flops in the same game: Rahul has been terrific with the bat, as he struck yet another half-century. Rahul was brutal in his innings; he clobbered 6 boundaries and 2 sixes to score 52 off 32 balls. However, he had a poor game as a wicketkeeper, which can be termed as one bad day in the office. In one over, he missed stumping chance as well as gave away 8 extra runs as byes which proved to be too many for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to control the damage. Rahul is improving as a wicketkeeper, and he will surely be walking off this game with some valuable lessons in his mind.

RCB’s late burst: If Sachin Baby was quick to score 16 off 8 balls, Stuart Binny was even better as he clobbered 2 sixes and a boundary to score as many in only 4 balls. The late-hitting by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsmen would have provided them the extra edge and momentum, which they even managed to carry into the second innings. Shane Watson also made valuable contribution, striking 5 boundaries and a six to score 33 off 20 balls.

KKR’s shaky start: It is not often that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) make bad starts; Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa generally do well to provide their side good starts. However, Uthappa was dismissed on a brilliant swinging delivery by Binny, and Gambhir failed to convert a start that he got. The quick dismissals of Chris Lynn and Manish Pandey would have hit them hard, but there was some amazing power-hitting in store for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) which won them the game.

The power game: The M Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch in Bengaluru assisted seamers and spinners alike. Binny and Sreenath Aravind made good use of that and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled well in patches to hurt the   Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsmen. However, two batsmen, whose game relies entirely on power-hitting crashed into RCB’s party and walked away with a memorable win. Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan teamed up to add 96 runs for the fifth wicket. While Russell scored 39 of 24 balls, he ensured to decorate his innings with 4 sixes and a boundary. And Pathan played an innings to remember for a very long time, clobbering 6 boundaries and 3 sixes off only 29 balls to score a match-winning 60 not out.

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)