After facing defeat, Kolkata Knight Riders took revenge and won the 30th match of IPL by 7 wickets against Chennai Super Kings. Now, Defending Champion wants to continue their performance in their next match when they play against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
With Thursday’s thrilling win, KKR moved up in the points table and captured third position with four wins, two losses and one abandoned game. RCB have been victorious in three matches while they lost seven games and are on the fourth position.
For Shahrukh’s team, the last-over victory against Dhoni’s team came as a confidence booster as they prepare to resurgent RCB in their next match, who piled 200 runs on the scoreboard against Rajasthan Royals in their last match despite the failures of Virat Kohli and arguably the most aggressive T20 player — Chris Gayle.
Captain and Opener Gautam Gambhir praised the power-packed performance of Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell, which made KKR come close to the win. Uthappa scored a match-winning unbeaten 80 runs in 58 balls with seven boundaries and one huge six. Russell also cracked unbeaten 59 runs in 32 balls with four massive six and five boundaries. He showed all-round performance in the match, as he took two main wickets with a good 5.0 economy rate.
Kolkata has more than enough points to worry including Yusuf Pathan and Gautam Gambhir’s inconsistency, moreover, their bowling has been a bit uneven. However, Australian Chairman Brad hogg has shown his experience and talent in the last game as he picked four crucial wickets against CSK.
For RCB, this IPL has been mixed with ups and downs as they lost games more than they won. What is more concerning is that RCB have lost matches at their home ground. Gayle and Kohli had a slow start in the starting games, but they have gained their momentum with time. Kohli has given glimpses of coming back in form as he scored two fifties in last three matches. RCB’s bowling attack was not fine in their opening games but gained its sharpness against Delhi in their last match. RCB succeeded to bundle out Delhi’s batting order for 95 runs in their last match and bowling led by Mitchell Starc, Varun Aaron and David Wiese along with RCB’s leading wicket-taker Yuzvendra Chahal set the platform for their team.