Kolkata Knight Riders decimate RCB

Kolkata Knight Riders decimate RCB

Kohli's men crash to fifth defeat after another poor batting show

Kolkata Knight Riders decimate RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore made hash of a routine chase to slump to morale-shattering defeat against a determined Kolkata Knight Riders here on Sunday.

Chasing a gettable 132 on a lively Eden Gardens wicket, the beleaguered Royal Challengers Bangalore dished out another forgettable batting display, folding up for a dismal 49 in just 9.4 overs.

The Royal Challengers’ chase appeared doomed from the very start when skipper Virat Kohli departed off the third ball for a golden duck, chasing a wide delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/21) and offering Manish Pandey a routine catch at second slip.
Mandeep Singh, who has played all the matches for the Challengers in this edition, then joined Kohli in the dug-out five balls later, slashing straight into the hands of Manish Pandey at point. It was then left to the trusted duo of  A B de Villiers and Chris Gayle to carry them home.

Those hopes too vanished in thin air when de Villiers tried to pull Coulter-Nile and top-edged straight to wicket-keeper Robin Uthappa. And when Chris Gayle walked back to the hut in the seventh over after holding out to Coulter-Nile at mid-off, it was all over for the Challengers.

None of the batsmen showed any stomach for a fight and kept returning back to the hut that made for sorry viewing. Such was the magnitude of the defeat, a disappointed Virat Kohli called it probably the worst batting performance in the history of IPL. The shocking display by the RCB batsmen completely erased a splendid performance from their bowlers. Earlier though, Yuzvendra Chahal (3/16) produced a good performance to raise hopes of a RCB victory. Asking KKR to bat first after a 30-minute stoppage due to rain, Kohli was left ruing his decision as Sunil Narine went berserk in the opening over itself. Laying siege to his West Indies team-mate Samuel Badree, Narine played some stunning shots, smacking three boundaries and a six to raise 18 runs in just the first over.

Runs then came at a breakneck speed with Narine unleashing some audacious shots while Gautam Gambhir mixed caution with aggression to leave RCB totally shell-shocked. Although Gambhir perished against the run of play, KKR brought up their fifty in just 3.5 overs — the fastest a team had done in this IPL. Things then started to change from the sixth over when Stuart Binny had the free-stroking Narine (34, 17b, 6x4, 1x6) caught at deep-square leg. From therein wickets fell in quick succession with  leg-spinner Chahal leading the charge for the Challengers.

After Badree had sent back Robin Uthappa, Chahal dismissed Yusuf Pathan with a smart piece of bowling and then removed the dangerous Manish Pandey and Colin de Grandhomme to leave KKR reeling at 94/6.

With the wind completely knocked off their sails, KKR couldn't stage a recovery before being bowled out a disappointing score (131). However, their bowlers roared in unison to deliver the hammer blow on RCB.