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IPL 2021- RCB vs KKR: Kohli hits a hat-trick to stay top of the table

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A clinical all-round performance from the Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) as they beat one of the there oldest rivals Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) by 38 runs in a high scoring encounter. They’re probably the only side who must be relishing not having to play at home.

RCB reclaim the top position for now and remain the only unbeaten side of the tournament. They certainly have begun well, winning the first three games of the season for the first time ever certainly is a step in the right direction. The new men in the side are really taking the team forward and eying their maiden IPL title.

The Kohli & co. won the toss and elected to bat first, they had just a single change in their side that was Dan Christian was replaced by Rajat Patidar. RCB played with only 3 foreign players. While on the other hand, KKR remained unchanged.

RCB KKR, Six Sports
KKR took quick wickets and dismissed Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Innings:

RCB skipper Virat and Devdutt Padikkal opened the innings, by the end of 2 overs RCB lost their 2 wickets. Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on whom the team invested a lot in the IPL auction came into bat at a very bad stage and literally took the game away from KKR.

Padikkal and Maxwell took over and made a partnership of 86 runs off just 54 deliveries. This partnership turned the momentum towards RCB. Paddikal got out in the 12th over and then came on to bat MR. 360 AB de Villiers.

De Villiers and Maxwell completely took over the Chepauk Stadium, they were timing the ball so well that 300 was also less at that pitch. They both had a partnership of 53(36), Maxwell played a sensational knock of 78 runs in 49 balls and then got out to Pat Cummins.

In the final overs, ABD took over the game and was literally smashing the ball, he made 36 runs off the two overs that were bowled by Andre Russell. At the end of 20 overs, the final total on the board was 204-4. AB scored a half-century as well.

Kolkata Knight Riders Innings:

RCB KKR, Six Sports
KKR lost early wickets

With a humongous total to chase, openers Nitish Rana and Shubhman Gill came on to bat. Gill got out early, Nitish Rana along with Rahul Tripathi gained back a bit of momentum in the game. At the end of the powerplay, KKR were 57-2.

KKR kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and didn’t have any big partnerships as well. They started gaining some momentum when hard-hitter Andre Russell came into bat, but the asking rate reached very high until then. They lost by 38 runs in the end.

RCB vs KKR Notable Performances:

The Super-human AB de Villiers was awarded the man of the match award. His emphatic innings of 76 runs off just 34 deliveries took the game away from KKR. Both he and Maxwell played match-winning innings. Here is what Mr.360 has to say at the post-match presentation-

RCB KKR, Six Sports
Player of the match – AB de Villiers

“I had a lot of fun out there. It helped with Maxi playing well up front and it made it really easy and gave the guys confidence that it’s not unplayable. It’s difficult when you come into games like these where the wicket tends to be a bit slow, you gotta break the shackles individually which some of our players did tonight.”

After playing 13 years for the same franchise and winning 3 matches in a row as a captain on the same day when he made his debut for RCB, who else can be more happier and proud than the skipper himself.

RCB will now be moving to Mumbai to play RR at the Wankhede stadium on the 22nd of April. KKR will also be shifting to Mumbai for the next set of games, they will next play CSK on the 21st at Wankhede itself.

V Nichita
Media student, Aspirant Sports Journalist

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