Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 60 © AFP
Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 60 © AFP

Defending champions and visitors Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Yusuf Pathan scored half-century, as he along with Andre Russell allowed KKR to register a five-wicket win over hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), in Match 30 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday. It was KKR’s sixth win of the tournament as well. Earlier, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field first, as RCB posted a challenging total of 185 for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs, with KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli scoring 52 each. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 30 at Bengaluru

KKR openers in the form of Robin Uthappa, and Gambhir were off to a shaky start, as with just six runs on the board, Uthappa fell for a mere single to Stuart Binny, after being caught by Kohli, in the opening over. It was followed by a decent 28-run stand between Gambhir and Chris Lynn, before Lynn fell for mere 15 to Yuzvendra Chahal in the fifth over. As the score reached 66, it was skipper Gambhir, who was going good, but fell for 37 to Srinath Aravind, who trapped leg-before in the ninth over. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 30 at Bengaluru

The partnerships were lose, as just three runs later, it was Manish Pandey, who fell for mere eight to Shane Watson, after being caught by Sachin Baby in the 11th over. However, it was the pair of Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell, who played a steady and healthy innings, keeping KKR in contention for the game. It was at the score of 165, a 96-run stand was broken between the two, as Russell fell for 39 to Chahal, after being caught by Binny. Nevertheless, Yusuf brought up his half-century, in the process, off 27 deliveries, including five boundaries and three sixes, along with a strike rate of 211, as he along with Suryakumar Yadav steered KKR to a comfortable five-wicket win.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 7 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 52, Virat Kohli 52; Morne Morkel 2 for 28, Piyush Chawla 2 for 32) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 189 for 5 in 19.1 overs (Yusuf Pathan 60*,  Andre Russell 37; Yuzvendra Chahal 2 for 27) by 5 wickets.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)