In the 28th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 played in Sharjah, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by a huge margin of 82 runs on Monday. Kolkata, chasing Bangalore’s target of 195 runs, could only manage 112 runs after losing 9 wickets in 20 overs. For RCB, Washington Sundar continued to bowl brilliantly, taking two wickets for just 20 runs in four overs, while Yuzvendra Chahal picked up one wicket for just 12 runs in four overs. Chris Morris took two wickets while Navdeep Saini, Isuru Udana, Mohammad Siraj took one wicket each.
Earlier, captain Virat Kohli decided to bat first by winning the toss against Kolkata Knight Riders. With AB de Villiers and captain Virat Kohli (33 not out) sharing an unbeaten 100-run partnership in 7.4 overs for the third wicket, the team scored 194 runs losing two wickets in the scheduled 20 overs. De Villiers, the South African star, hit five fours and six sixes during his innings with aggressive batting in the final overs. Having failed to do well in the previous matches, he was also keen to play big innings and showed his attitude as soon as he came to the crease. His aggressiveness can be gauged from the fact that with Kohli, he played 33 of 46 balls Faced the ball. With this, the team added 83 runs in the last five overs.
Kohli, who returned to form after playing an unbeaten 90-ball 52 against Chennai Super Kings, also allowed de Villiers to play more balls and played well with him at the other end, scoring an unbeaten 33-run knock in 28 balls. A chowka was involved. RCB also benefited from KKR’s fielding lapse during the match, scoring 47 runs without losing wickets in the powerplay. RCB lost the first wicket as Padikkal, who was bowled by Andre Russell. Finch was heading for a big innings after a good start, but just three runs before the half-century, he was bowled by the famous Krishna yorker in the 13th over, after which De Villiers scored a quickfire 33-ball 73.
Bangalore have won five of their seven matches played and lost two. At the same time, Kolkata has won four out of seven matches, while it has lost in three matches. From the point of view, RCB is third with 10 points and KKR is fourth with 8 points.