Mohammed Siraj's record-breaking night stuns Kolkata Knight Riders
Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their opponent down to 84 for 8 and cruised the chase
That win puts RCB right in the midst of the top three. The race for the two-two finish has now become a three-pronged one. And RCB have got an NRR boost too. RR and KXIP will also welcome this result. A lot to work on for KKR. See you tomorrow
Mohammed Siraj, the Man of the Match: "First I want to thank Allah for my performance. Then thanks to Virat for giving me the new ball. I have been practising a lot with the new ball. We hadn't planned that I will open but when we went out, Virat bhai said Miyan ready ho jao. [Sir, get ready.]. The ball to Rana was very good. Executed exactly what I had planned."
Virat Kohli: "I was thinking Washy for the new ball. It was a good toss to lose because we would have batted first. The plan was to bowl Washy and Morry, but then we thought let's go Morris and Siraj. The management has set in a culture where there is proper planning. It is not random. We have a Plan A,we have a Plan B, we have a Plan C. We are here to execute the plans we have in place. We did a few things at the auction too, which is paying off. You can have all the plans, but you have to have belief. Morry is living the responsibility. He is the guy who likes to take the leadership role. His energy is amazing. He can contribute with the batl ball and in the field. Last year Siraj had a tough year and a lot of people went hard at him. This year he has worked hard and was bowling well in the nets. He has seen the results now but we want him to keep following the process."
Eoin Morgan: "I think it started with batting. Being four or five down as early as we were is disappointing. RCB bowled well, but we should have countered that better. and with that dew, we probably should have bowled first. We have been consistent with our selections of the top three, we believe they are the ones to take us forward. They have shown potential. So it was important to back the Indian batsmen. Hopefully Russell and Narine will be fit and available around the corner. Two guys of that calibre, particularly when they are allrounders, is a big hole. Hopefully they will be available down the line.""
RCB will with 39 balls to spare. It could be argued they could have done so with 59 balls to spare, but they won't be fretting over it. They have had a comprehensive night out. Their bowling was excellent against a dodgy batting line-up. The pitch offered them assistance, so it was a good toss to lose because Kohli said he would have batted first himself. Then Siraj was sensational. Firs they choked Tripathi, then they bluffed Rana, whose game has gone to pieces because of his short-ball problems, and then he got the better of Tom Banton too. There was no let-up from the other end either
This could be the last over before the strategic timeout. Will be see it? Kirshna comes back
Ferguson and Varun done
Eight required. This is still a big NRR boost for RCB
Varun to bowl out
Prasanna D Pati: "@Adarsh - I am sure Virat has NRR in mind. Pitch seems to be bit slow to bat on.. "
Amlan Patra: "@Adarsh - Trying to go for 85/8 in 10 overs can very well result in 82 all out. Isn't that even worse?"