IPL 2021 Eliminator, RCB vs KKR Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore By 4 Wickets To Reach Qualifier 2

Shakib's bat won, Kolkata sent off Kohli

Virat Kohli's dream of becoming a champion once again was shattered by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Bangalore is returning with regrets after not being able to touch the trophy with the all-star team.

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Kohli lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets in the first eliminator in Sharjah today. Shakib Al Hasan's Kolkata will now play against Delhi Capitals in the fight to reach the final.

The bowlers have done the main work for Kolkata today. The target was only 139 runs. Bangalore tried till the last over but could not stop the Morgans from winning.

6 runs were needed in the last over. Shakib eased all the tension by hitting the boundary with the first ball. The winning run also came from Tiger all-rounder's bat. Shakib remained unbeaten on 9 off 8 balls.

  • Shubhaman Gill (29)

  • Venkatesh Ayyar (26)

  • Nitish Rana (23)

  • Sunil Narine (26)

made the run easier.

Kolkata lost 3 wickets in 18 runs and was under some pressure.

However

  • Shakib and Morgan (5)

did not let the team in danger.

Kolkata won with 2 balls left in the innings
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Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders lost 6 wickets in 20 overs in the four-way attack and stopped Bangalore's innings at 136 runs.

Bangalore captain Virat Kohli decided to bat before winning the toss. Shakib came to attack in the first over for Kolkata. The world's best all-rounder did not give more than seven runs even though he digested the boundary in the last ball of that over. However, he was not brought to bowl in the power play.

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Bangalore were bowled out for 49 in the first five overs by skipper Kohli and left-arm opener Devdut Paddikal. However, Lucky Ferguson sent Paddikal, who scored 21 off the first ball of the sixth over, to the dressing room. After that, Bangalore could not keep the run wheel in motion.

Although the start was quite aggressive, Kohli's strike rate continued to decline. He finally made 39 off 33 balls before being bowled by Sunil Narine. Before Kohli, Narine sent Srikar Bharat (9 off 18 balls), the hero of the previous match in Bangalore, to the dressing room.

Later, star cricketers AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell could not take the helm of the team. From Villiers' bat came 11 runs off 9 balls and Maxwell played 16 balls to make 15 runs. Shahbaz Ahmed scored 13 runs off 14 balls. In the end, Bangalore's collection went up to 137 thanks to Herschel Patel's 6 off 6 balls.

Sunil Narine is the most successful batsman for Kolkata. He took four wickets for just 21 runs in four overs. Fast bowler Lucky Ferguson took two wickets. Although he could not take any wicket, Shakib spent only 24 runs in four overs.

Shakib's Kolkata kept Bangalore at bay

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Royal Challengers Bangalore could not score much in the fight for survival at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Bangalore lost 6 wickets in 20 overs in the four-way attack of Kolkata Knight Riders and stopped the innings of Bangalore at 136 runs. Shakib Al Hasan scored 139 runs to win the match and get a ticket to the second qualifier.

Bangalore captain Virat Kohli decided to bat before winning the toss. Shakib came to attack in the first over for Kolkata. The world's best all-rounder did not give more than seven runs even though he digested the boundary in the last ball of that over. However, he was not brought to bowl in the power play.

Bangalore were bowled out for 49 in the first five overs by skipper Kohli and left-arm opener Devdut Paddikal. However, Lucky Ferguson sent Paddikal, who scored 21 off the first ball of the sixth over, to the dressing room. After that, Bangalore could not keep the run wheel in motion.

Although the start was quite aggressive, Kohli's strike rate gradually decreased. He finally made 39 off 33 balls before being bowled by Sunil Narine. Before Kohli, Narine sent the hero of the previous match in Bangalore, Srikar Bharat (9 off 18 balls) to the dressing room.

Later, star cricketers AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell could not take the helm of the team. From Villiers' bat came 11 runs off 9 balls and Maxwell played 16 balls to make 15 runs. Shahbaz Ahmed scored 13 runs off 14 balls. In the end, Bangalore's collection went up to 137 thanks to Herschel Patel's 6 off 6 balls.

Sunil Narine is the most successful batsman for Kolkata. He took four wickets for just 21 runs in four overs. Fast bowler Lucky Ferguson took two wickets. Although he could not take any wicket, Shakib has spent only 24 runs in four overs

Kolkata is fielding in the battle of survival, Shakib is there

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Kolkata is fielding in the battle of survival, Shakib is there
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will face each other in the eliminator match in the same equation. Bangalore captain Virat Kohli decided to bat before winning the toss.

Both the teams have come down with their unchanged XI. In other words, Shakib Al Hasan is in Kolkata XI. The winner of this match will get a ticket to the second qualifier. Where the opponent is Delhi Capitals.

In the current IPL matches played at Sharjah Stadium, the team that has scored the most runs in the power play has won all the matches. Therefore, in the fight for survival, both the teams have to give special importance in the first six overs.

Kolkata and Bangalore have met in 26 matches in the IPL so far. Where Kolkata is a little ahead after winning 15. However, the two teams have won four of the eight matches played since 2016.

Royal Challengers Bangalore XI

Virat Kohli, Devdut Paddikal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Herschel Patel, Mohammad Siraj and Yuzbendra Chahal.

Kolkata Knight Riders XI
Shubhaman Gill, Venkatesh Ayyar, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lucky Ferguson and Varun Chakraborty.