Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal Gleam Royal Challengers Bangalore Thrash Kolkata Knight Riders By 8 Wickets in Indian Premier League at The Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) strike four times over to cripple Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after winning the toss and opting to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 39 of IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. As expected, no Andre Russell for KKR, who looked really out of sorts in the previous match against SRH. He is replaced by Tom Banton, while Karnataka boy Prasidh Krishna, comes in for Shivam Mavi. This was a very important game for both KKR and RCB.

26-year-old RCB included Mohammed Siraj in place of Shahbaz Ahmed. Mohammed Siraj struck thrice in his first three overs, yielded 2 runs and ran Kolkata notched. This included two back to back maiden wicket overs. With that, he became the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs in an IPL match. Siraj was easily the pick of Bangalore’s bowlers returning 3 for 8 off his 4 overs, while Chahal picked 2 for 15.

Mohammed Siraj, Player of the Match: Was bowling with the new ball a lot in practice, got the opportunity today. Mood in the camp is great. Everyone is supporting each other, talking to each other. Cherished the delivery to Rana, came out exactly as I had thought.

Morgan looked the best of the KKR batsmen He is the highest scorer of the inning 30 off 34. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were restricted to 84 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 over’s. The lowest score in the history of IPL for a team that has played out their full overs.

While Chasing 85 runs Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch looked a little uncomfortable against the new ball but with just 85 to chase both batsmen knew they could take their time. Lockie Ferguson took Aron Finch 16 runs off 16 balls, Devdutt Padikkal run- out in 25 runs off 17 balls.

Skipper Virat Kohli 18* runs off 17 balls and Gurkeerat Singh 21* runs off 26 balls were the batsmen at the crease to achieve the target. Its another big win for RCB over KKR.

Eoin Morgan | KKR (losing) skipper: Being 4/5 down early on isn’t the position we wanted to be in. RCB bowled well and probably looking at the conditions, we should have bowled first. We will learn our lessons and move on in the next game. It was a question of backing the young Indian guys who showed glimpses of talent and potential. They (RCB bowlers) managed to exploit anything that was on offer and given the nature of the tournament every time you have to be at your best against every team. Hopefully they (Narine and Russell) will be available around the corner and we know when guys of that caliber, particularly all-rounders are available, things will be different. Hopefully they will be available soon.

Kohli: It was a late call to be honest (to give Siraj the new ball). Was thinking of giving Washy. I obviously have thought about the things we can do on the field. Management have brought in a proper culture. We have plan A, we have plan B, and people are executing it that’s why it’s looking good. Don’t think lot of people have belief in RCB. Guys in the changeroom do and that’s all that matters. Can have the best players in the world but if you don’t have the belief it’s no good. Morris is loving the responsibility. He likes to be in a leadership role in the team. Even against Kings, he tried to york Gayle. His energy is amazing. A great, great addition to our squad. (On Siraj’s performance) Last year he had a tough year. Lot of people went hard at him. But he worked hard. He’s seeing the result now and we want him to continue.


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