Mandeep Singh helped RCB end on the winning side of a tense finish against KKR at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. The match was reduced to 10 overs-a-side owing to heavy rain in the afternoon. The home team were buoyed by Mandeep Singh’s quickfire knock of 45* off 18 balls, while chasing a target of 112. Earlier, KKR rode on Andre Russell’s 17-ball-45-run blitz to post a formidable 111/4 in 10 overs.
KKR put into bat, Andre Russell on fire again
Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa put on a 33-run opening stand in 3.5 overs to set up the KKR innings nicely. After the skipper’s dismissal, however, it was all Andre Russell and his power hitting at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
With 5 fours and 3 massive sixes, Russell raced to 45 off 17 balls in no time. Robin Uthappa, Ryan Ten Doeschate and Yusuf Pathan played useful cameos to take KKR to 111/4 in 10 overs.
Gayle and Kohli get RCB off to a flying start
If KKR had a quick start, RCB got an even quicker one! Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli seemed to be in a hurry to finish the match off. They hammered the KKR quick bowlers Umesh Yadav and Pat Cummins for runs all over the ground.
However, the tables seemed to turn after the spinners were brought into the attack. Brad Hogg got the wicket of Gayle with the penultimate ball of the 4th over. In the very next over, Piyush Chawla cleaned up AB de Villiers to bring KKR right back into the contest.
Mandeep Singh steers RCB home
Mandeep Singh played one of the most important innings of his IPL career as he got 45 off just 18 balls to take RCB home. Even though Andre Russell managed to get Virat Kohli’s wicket in the 8th over, he was unable to stop Mandeep Singh from running away with the game. The youngster hit 4 fours and 3 sixes in his innings, and the last 2 of those 3 sixes came in the last over of the chase. Andre Russell was unable to defend 12 runs in the last over, as RCB ended on the winning side of a nail-biting finish.
Man of the Match – Mandeep Singh
Brief Scores – Royal Challengers Bangalore (115/3 in 9.4 overs, Mandeep Singh 45*(18), Piyush Chawla 1/21) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (111/4 in 10 overs, Andre Russell 45(17), Mitchell Starc 1/15) by 7 wickets