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IPL: Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy play Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore |  Cricket News

Andre Russell took 3-9 and Varun Chakravarthy 3-13 as the Kolkata Knight Riders demolished the Royal Challengers Bangalore for just 92 and triumphed by nine wickets; watch the Punjab Kings take on the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday, from 2:50 p.m. live on Sky Sports Mix

Last updated: 20/09/21 18:26

Andre Russell of the Kolkata Knight Riders kisses captain Eoin Morgan after mistaking AB de Villiers for a duck

Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy took three wickets apiece to kick off the Kolkata Knight Riders’ faltering IPL campaign as they pitched the Royal Challengers Bangalore for just $ 92.

The Knight Riders, who lost five of six games before the tournament was suspended in May, rekindled their play-off chances with an all-dominant performance, sealing a resounding nine-wicket victory in Abu Dhabi with 10 overs to lose.

Versatile Russell (3-9) and spinner Chakravarthy (3-13) have slipped into the Bangalore batting lineup on 19 occasions as they stumble over the tournament’s lowest total so far.

Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer shared an 82-on-55-ball opening position to ensure KKR clinched a well-deserved victory, climbing to fifth in the table and ruining Challengers captain Virat Kohli’s 200th appearance in the IPL .

IPL: Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy play Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore |  Cricket News

It was a painful night for Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, making his 200th appearance in IPL cricket.

Kohli won the toss and stepped forward to open the stick alongside Devdutt Padikkal – but his innings only lasted four balls as he moved and was clear of Prasidh Krishna, using a criticism in vain.

RCB struggled to gain ground on the power play, although Padikkal (22 of 20) was just starting to find a rhythm when he tried to cut a ball too close to him from Lockie Ferguson (2-24) and put him behind.

After going 41-1, the Royal Challengers’ middle order collapsed dramatically as Russell took Srikar Bharat (16) into the depths before deploying an unplayable quick yorker who roasted AB de Villiers for a duck first ball.

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Glenn Maxwell – who, along with De Villiers, knocked KKR out of the game in the teams’ first meeting – looked visibly frustrated when he gave the charge to Chakravarthy and was knocked down.

Newbie Wanindu Hasaranga left lbw for Chakravarthy’s next ball – and the leg spinner begged Morgan to review after his hat trick hit Kyle Jamieson on the pad, but the hint of an inside brim persuaded the captain on the contrary.

However, Chakravarthy continued to recover his third wicket, as well as missing Jamieson with a skillful touch on the stumps, and despite some late limits from Harshal Patel, Russell completed the demolition job with a full on unused.

KKR attacked aggressively as Gill punched Jamieson for two punches on the off side, while newcomer Iyer took inspiration from his opening partner, drilling Mohammed Siraj for limits successive.

IPL: Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy play Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore |  Cricket News

Varun Chakravarthy of Kolkata Knight Riders took 3-13, including two wickets in as many balls

Iyer then moved onto the track to send the hapless Jamieson midway through the game’s first six – who, surprisingly, had taken 24 overs to get there.

The pair ran 50 inside the power play, with Gill swinging Yuzvendra Chahal towards the fence to reach that benchmark and it was purely a matter of how quickly the Knight Riders could secure the victory.

Gill (48 of 34) wasted the opportunity to score his first fifty of the tournament, knocking Chahal out of the way halfway through, but Iyer quickly finished the job with a back-to-back fours to finish on 41, not 27.

Watch the rest of the IPL live on Sky Sports. Competition continues Tuesday with the Punjab Kings facing the Rajasthan Royals, live from 2:50 p.m. on Sky Sports Mix.


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