Harakiri by the RCB batsmen? Perhaps. But inspired bowling by KKR and they bowled with a plan. They prised out the wickets of the three RCB big guns - Kohli, Gayle and De Villiers - with brilliant strategy. Coulter-Nile, Woakes and De Gradhomme are absolutely fantastic, but how good was Umesh Yadav? He was special. It is heartening to see an Indian pacer bowling with such unrestrained hostility. That one over from Umesh to Gayle - the 6th of the innings - was the highlight of the RCB innings. To have the 'Universe boss' in the amount of trouble that Umesh did speaks volumes of Umesh's abilities. He has had the tendency to err with his line and length, but was on the top of his game tonight. And what is unbelievable, KKR's two big weapons Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav weren't even required. A superb counter-attack from KKR after scoring an under-par 131. The Eden crowd got their money's worth. A sumptuous Sunday treat.
Highlights IPL 2017, KKR vs RCB, cricket scores and updates: KKR thump RCB by 82 runs
Live scores and updates of IPL 10 match between KKR and RCB at Eden Gardens
OUT! That's it! KKR win by 82 runs! What a bowling performance. What captaincy from Gambhir and what a match! Length delivery outside off, Chahal drives it away from the body but gets an outside edge to second slip where Manish Pandey takes a good catch. Gambhir goes bonkers in celebration. De Grandhomme too goes wild. Kohli describes it as 'Shocking Batting' performance!
KKR XI: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav.
RCB XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, M Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, S Aravind, Samuel Badree, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Changes for RCB: AB De Villiers and Samuel Badree into the side for Shane Watson and Travis Head.
Changes for KKR: Colin de Grandhomme comes in place of Shakib Al Hasan.
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Virat Kohli: Our worst batting performance, it really hurts. After the kind of half that we had, we thought we could capitalise and chase it down. Reckless batting. I can't say anything at the moment. It was that bad. This is just not acceptable. The sightscreen is very small here, one guy got up as the bowler was loading up, that distracted me. Still it wasn't a big deal. That was just one down. Nine guys could have done the job. There's nothing to review anything about the second half, it was that bad. We need to forget it and move forward. I'm sure we won't bat like that again in the tournament. After the start they got, the spinners did well. Restricting them to 130 was a good effort. We're going back home for a couple of games. We've got back-to-back games, need to try and win those to get some momentum.
Collective brain fade or wot? Bowled out in less than 10 overs, not one batsman into double figures. Mindbogglingly disastrous by RCB.— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 23, 2017
Gee, Kohli is emotional.......— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 23, 2017
Preview: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to continue the momentum from their last outing when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
A Chris Gayle hurricane (38-ball 77) coupled with Kohli's 50-ball 64 guided RCB to their second win of the campaign against Gujarat Lions in their previous outing.
Despite the absence of South African star AB de Villiers, the sought-after franchise toyed with their rivals bowling posting 213 to which Brendon McCullum (72 off 44 balls) staged a good fightback but eventually fell short by 21 runs.
RCB are still languishing at third from bottom in the eight-team points table losing four of their six matches. Shorn of star power initially with the likes of Kohli and de Villiers not playing the first three and two matches respectively, the three-time runners-up were also ruffled by the iffy form of Australian all-rounder Shane Watson.
Since the arrival of Kohli (against Mumbai Indians) and de Villiers (against Kings XI Punjab), their batting has looked the part though both the superstars ended on the losing side in their respective opening ties.
Coming back from a shoulder injury he picked while captaining India against Australia in the four-match Test series, Kohli smashed 67 in his first game, while AB announced his arrival with an unbeaten 89 off just 46 deliveries. But triumphs have been hard to come by for RCB.
Besides Gujarat, RCB have won against Delhi Daredevils only. Samuel Badree's hat-trick against Mumbai was the high point as far as their bowling is concerned but in that match too, they ended up second best due to an underwhelming batting show.
Badree has been one of the most economical bowlers this season, leaking just 41 runs in his eight overs from two games so far. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has taken the most wickets for side with seven to his name.
England fast bowler Tymal Mills, whom RCB roped in this term for a whopping Rs 12 crore, and de Villiers have been given the green signal to play. If the pair comeback, Travis Head and Shane Watson will in all likelihood have to sit out.
Talking about the home team, Gautam Gambhir's wards saw their juggernaut being halted by Gujarat at the same venue on Friday.
Poor bowling cost the two-time champions the math which for larger parts was in their control.
Against arguably the best batting lineup, head coach Jacques Kallis would want to plug the gaps as soon as possible.
"We don't become a bad bowling unit after just one game. We will have some good game plans in place. RCB are down in the table, and they are looking for some form," Kallis had said at the post match media interaction on Friday.
"We will have to use that to our advantage. We still have a lot of confidence. The boys are playing with freedom and playing well. We haven't been able to put up a complete game so far, but when we start doing that we will be a tough side to beat," the 41-year-old South African added.
Sunil Narine's pyrotechnics on Friday (17-ball 42) gave KKR a flying start on Friday and also vindicated the team management's decision to make the most of the Powerplay. Robin Uthappa's form (48-ball 72) also augurs well for the hosts along with Manish Pandey who has been in great form this season.
Big-hitting Yusuf Pathan has also looked to bat for a longer period and against Delhi Daredevils played a gem of a knock under pressure. Suryakumar Yadav's lean patch is a cause of concern with the KKR vice-captain just not getting runs under his belt.
In the 18 engagements between the two teams since 2008, both outfits have won nine times each.
KKR: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R. Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de Grandhomme
RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, S. Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Harpreet Singh.
With inputs from IANS
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