168dThe Report by Varun Shetty

Andre Russell's 48* off 13 stuns RCB to keep them winless

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers' half-centuries went in vain as KKR came from behind to consign RCB their fifth consecutive defeat

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
V Kohli
84(49) 9x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 26 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
7 8 8 7 10 7 24 12
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
63(32) 5x4 - 4x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 17 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 0 12 6 22 14 7 2

Best performances - Bowlers

P Negi
O3.1
M0
R21
W2
Eco6.63
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NA Saini
O4
M0
R34
W2
Eco8.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Kolkata Knight Riders , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

05 April 2019 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Points

Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: Debayan Sen (@debayansen)

12.05pm What a match this was, and it's a shame that this defeat pushes RCB further down in the points table. It was a pleasure bringing you this game, and there's a double-header in just a few hours, so do pop back over to ESPNcricinfo to keep yourself glued to the entertainment. Varun Shetty's report will land over soon, and for the moment, on behalf of scorer Thilak Gowda and my fellow-commentator Hemant Brar, this is Debayan Sen bidding you goodnight for the moment

Andre Russell is the player of the match: "I am always confident. When I went out, DK was saying we need to watch a few balls. I was watching on the telly, and I wasn't thinking too much. We needed to get 68 from 28 balls, and that doesn't happen everyday. We just had to put our bodies on the line. That's the nature of T20 cricket. One over changes and the momentum changes. That's why I never give up. Once I am there, I know anything's possible. First I was thinking let's bring it deep, and I just went for it. I surprise myself hitting the ball in the stands still (in the grounds in Australia). (On low full tosses) It's just hand-eye coordination. Low full tosses aren't easy to hit, and I just do short-hand jabs, because you cannot extend your arms. I cannot explain it, I can only show it in the middle [laughs]."

Dinesh Karthik: "(On conversation with Russell) I think you don't talk too much. He goes out there, and he's happy and gives his best for the team. The ball was gripping, especially with the ball turning away from you. As much as Andre has been batting well, we need to look at our bowling better. We are planning right, but we need to execute better. The way Lynny batted was good to see."

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11.44pm: What a match, and who would have thought KKR would win with five balls to spare when Dinesh Karthik got out? But that is the beauty of Andre Russell. He has just hit an absolutely gobsmacking innings of 48 not out from 13 balls. Just took the game away from RCB in that 19th over. RCB's winless streak for this season stretches to five, and they would have thought they would get there today

Virat Kohli: "The last four overs, the way we bowled, we deserve to lose. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crunch overs, then you will always struggle against power-hitters like Russell. We cracked a bit under pressure, and that's the only story. Had we got 20-25 more, maybe it would have helped. But if you can't defend 75 in the last four overs, then I don't know if you can defend 100. We just didn't have enough composure. We have a bit of a chat about what went wrong, but apart from that, there's nothing much you can say. It's been a disappointing season, but we have to believe we can turn things around."

Chris Lynn: "I think 215-220 was probably par on this wicket, and when you drop AB-Virat a couple of times, it can be expensive. We had Dre Russ in the shed. You have to drive that luck, and I have to take that little bit of momentum into the next game. (On Russell) It's just unbelievable what he does."

19.1
1
Negi to Shubman Gill, 1 run, length, turns into him and he tucks this away to long leg

Here's Negi

Do I dare tell you the win probability percentage now?

END OF OVER:
19 | 29 Runs | KKR: 205/5 (1 run required from 6 balls, RR: 10.78, RRR: 1.00)

  • Andre Russell48 (13b)
  • Shubman Gill2 (2b)
  • Tim Southee4-0-61-0
  • Marcus Stoinis1.4-0-28-0
18.6
6
Southee to Russell, SIX runs, length, and he smacks this straight back over the bowler. Scores are level!

dhaval shah: "Can we borrow rabada for last over? Need 6 pin point yorkers, the only way to stop Dre Russ storm."

Back to over the wicket

18.5
4
Southee to Russell, FOUR runs, short, and he gets under this and guides it over short fine leg and down to the fence for four. ARE YOU SERIOUS?

The impact of these shots, before that previous ball, win probability had already gone up to 57%

18.4
6
Southee to Russell, SIX runs, full toss, and he swings this over deep midwicket. WHOA!

Round the wicket

18.3
6
Southee to Russell, SIX runs, short, wide, and he slaps this hard. It's gone high, but wide enough to beat the backward point fielder

Southee shifts to around the wicket, and then goes back to over

18.2
6
Southee to Russell, SIX runs, length, and he picks it up and goes over long leg. What a shot! Just clears his leg and then swings freely. This is a pitch which gives full premium for such attempts

Russell back on strike. This is probably the game right here. If Russell can get a few big hits in, it could be game over. Win probability for KKR = 12%

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st28SP NarineCA Lynn
2nd65RV UthappaCA Lynn
3rd15CA LynnN Rana
4th31KD KarthikN Rana
5th14KD KarthikAD Russell
6th53AD RussellShubman Gill