Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders are up against each other in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League 2021 in Sharjah. KKR are looking for their third IPL title while RCB are in the quest to break the nil.
Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first. He named an unchanged playing XI from their last league match against Delhi Capitals. Eoin Morgan also named an unchanged playing XI.
Batting first, RCB posted 138/7 in 20 overs despite getting a good start in the powerplay.
Chasing the target, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer took KKR off to a good start. The duo added 41 runs before Harshal Patel dismissed Gill with a slower ball for 29 runs in 18 balls.
Kohli threw the ball to Yuzvendra Chahal who trapped Rahul Tripathi on the front pad. The umpire Virender Sharma didn’t give this out and Kohli opted for a review straight away. The replays showed three reds and the umpire overturned his decision and Tripathi got out.
After this incident, Kohli was spotted arguing with the umpire for his poor judgement. This was the third successful DRS taken by RCB. The first two calls took place during RCB’s batting innings. Shahbaz Ahmad successfully reversed Virender Sharma’s decision when he under-edged the ball. Later on, Harshal Patel overturned one call as he edged the ball. Virender Sharma was the umpire on this occasion as well.
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Virat Kohli had a chat with the umpire, but it ended with a smile on Virat's face. pic.twitter.com/sjBe5VgBHI
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RCB scored 138/7 in 20 overs as Sunil Narine broke their backbone with the wickets of Srikar Bharat, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. Narine registered the figures of 4/21 in his four overs.
While chasing, Narine walked out to bat at number five and hit his first three balls for three successive sixes against Daniel Christian. This proved a vital moment in the game as KKR managed to hold their nerves and win the game by four wickets.