IPL 2016: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets at Kolkata, Stars and Flops

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. This saying was brought true by the burly Jamaican Chris Gayle on Monday when his return to form set a platform for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) win over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Kolkata. Though he was not exactly the protagonist of RCB’s win, his knock set the tone for the chase. The main architect of the win, as always, was the super consistent skipper Virat Kohli, who played an unbeaten innings of 75 and along with superman AB de Villiers, scripted another famous RCB win. READ MORE: IPL 2016, Match 48, Pick of the tweets: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kolkata.

In the process, Kohli also broke Gayle and Michael Hussey’s record of most runs in a single Indian Premier League (IPL) season. With 752 runs, he now sits at the top in terms of most runs in a single season in all IPLs. The master of chase kept his cool right from the beginning in a tight chase of 184. Beating KKR in Kolkata, their fortress, was always going to be a difficult task. More so, with Gayle terribly out of form, RCB were under immense pressure. The law of averages too was threatening to catch up with Kohli and de Villiers. But fortunately for RCB, nothing of that sorts happened as Gayle came all guns blazing. ALSO READ: Fake FB Wall: Reactions to Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and Mohammad Azharuddin’s status updates.

He took the attack to the opposition and unleashed a flurry of boundaries. Within no time, 65 runs were put on the board in seven overs. Once Sunil Narine trapped Gayle in front of the stumps one short of his fifty, KKR sniffed some chance but there on, it was all Kohli-de Villiers show as the two did not give any chance to the opposition. The two displayed caution as well as aggression and guided RCB home. In between, Gautam Gambhir dropped an easy catch of Kohli on Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling, which eventually turned out to be a match-dropping chance. This was the turning point of the match, as Kohli’s wicket at that stage could have set up the match.

Earlier, RCB won the toss and asked KKR to bat first. Robin Uthappa had a rare failure but Gambir and Manish Pandey scored brilliant half-centuries to bring the KKR innings back on track. Once these two fell immediately after scoring fifties, Andre Russell and Shakib provided crucial blows toward the end to take KKR to a par score. On any other day or against any other opposition, KKR would have defended the total. But containing Kohli and AB proved way too much in the end. Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 51-ball 75 not out.


Brief Scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders 183 for 5 in 20 overs [Gautam Gambhir 51(34), Manish Pandey 50(35), Andre Russell 39(19)*; S Aravind 4-0-41-2, Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-22-1] lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 186 for 1 in 18.4 overs [Virat Kohli 75(51)*, AB de Villiers 59(31)*, Chris Gayle 49(31); Sunil Narine 4-0-34-1] by nine wickets.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricLife and CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)