Shocker!!! Absolute shocker!!! It’s still hard to believe what we just saw. In an absolute lopsided contest at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders pummeled Royal Challengers Bengaluru by 82 runs to rise to the second spot in the standings. But the most shocking thing from the match was that a team boasting of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kedar Jadhav could only score 49 runs and could bat only for 56 balls.
It’s hard to believe that the team which composed 263 runs on this very date four years ago could not get past the 50 run mark four years later. As RCB fans find it hard to come to terms with the fact, let us bring you the Heroes and Zeroes from the game.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (KKR)
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The Kolkata Knight Riders pacer set up the game for his team by picking up Kohli, de Villiers and Jadhav within the first three overs. His wonderful exhibition of swing bowling meant RCB could never get the momentum that is required in low run-chases. His figures of 3 for 21 are more than enough to earn him a place in the list.
Chris Woakes (KKR)
Woakes picked up the important wicket of Chris Gayle and made sure there was no support left for RCB to make a comeback. The English pacer finished off with dream figures of 3 for 6 to speak a lot about his bowling and are good enough to make him one of the Heroes of the Match.
Yuzavendra Chahal (RCB)
The RCB leg-spinner was the bright spot in an otherwise dull day for RCB. After the fast-bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Sunil Narine, he brought his team back into the game with some classical leg-spin. He accounted for the in-form Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey and Colin de Grandhomme at expense of just 16 runs from his quota of four overs. Do we need to say anything else?
Virat Kohli (RCB)
A lot depended on the RCB skipper as his team set-off for a tricky chase but the star batsman perished for a golden duck. Kohli tried to play a drive away from his body despite two slips being placed for the shot and his team paid the price for it.
Chris Gayle (RCB)
The ‘Universe Boss’ was bossed by some classy fast-bowling by the trio of Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav and Woakes. The Jamaican could only score seven off his 17 ball stay at the crease and looked completely clueless during his innings. His dismissal showed his poor shot selection under pressure and this is enough to earn him a place in the dubious list.
AB de Villiers (RCB)
A lot was expected from the diminutive South African on his return but he could not score more than eight. With team reeling at two down, de Villiers should not have thrown away his wicket going for his shots. His poor performance earns him a place in this dubious list.
This is our selection of the hits and flops of the ‘mind-freezing’ game at Eden Gardens. We hope you agree with our choices.
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