Yusuf Pathan Guides KKR to 5 Wicket Win Over Virat Kohli’s RCB
The Knight Riders now climb to the second position in the points table.
RCB: 185/7 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 52, Virat Kohli 52, Shane Watson 34; Morne Morkel 2/28, Piyush Chawla 2/32) lost to
KKR: 186/5 in 19.1 overs (Yusuf Pathan 60 not out, Andre Russell 39; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/27) by 5 wickets
Kolkata Knight Riders staged a remarkable comeback, riding on Yusuf Pathan’s power hitting to record a five-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday.
Pathan blazed away to 60 off 29 balls to help KKR achieve the target of 186 with five balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Andre Russell made 39 off 24 balls in a brilliant match-turning fifth-wicket partnership of 96 runs in just 7.2 overs.
The Knight Riders were back to the second position in the points table, while RCB’s hopes of qualifying for the playoffs took a beating.
Royal Challengers’ Innings
RCB plundered 54 runs in their last three overs to post a competitive total after skipper Virat Kohli (52) and KL Rahul (52) struck half centuries.
From 131 for four at the end of 17th over, RCB went past 180 with Shane Watson (34), Sachin Baby (16) and Stuart Binny (16) playing fine cameos. Watson’s 21-ball knock was studded with five boundaries and a six.
Binny smashed two sixes and a boundary in the last over while facing only four balls. Umesh Yadav, who was allowed to continue despite bowling two beamers, was hit for 20 runs in the last over and finished with expensive figures of 1/56 in four overs. Umesh gave away 23 runs in the 18th over, which turned things around for RCB.
The Knight Riders were off to a poor start, losing Robin Uthappa in the first over bowled by Stuart Binny. The next batsman, Chris Lynn threatened with a six, but got out after making 15.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir too fell after reaching 37 off 29 balls with the help of four boundaries and a six.
When Gambhir was walking back to the dugout after being trapped by a full-length delivery from Sreenath Aravind, KKR were struggling at 66 for three, and the situation got worse when Manish Pandey was dismissed by Watson three runs later.
A partnership ensued between Russell and Pathan as KKR needed 119 runs in the last 10 overs. The West Indian, particularly, was severe on Shamsi who was hit for 18 runs.
Russell hit the slow left-arm spinner for two sixes and a four to up the ante.
KKR accumulated 16 runs in the next over bowled by Varun Aaron. Coming in to bowl the 17th over, Watson was smashed for four boundaries and a six to help KKR close in on the target.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/27) gave RCB the much-needed breakthrough, removing Russell in the 18th over, but Pathan continued his assault and guided his team home.
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