Result
39th Match (N), Abu Dhabi, Oct 21 2020, Indian Premier League
84/8
(13.3/20 ov, target 85)
85/2
RCB won by 8 wickets
Player Of The Match
Royal Challengers Bangalore
1:21
1m
• Alagappan Muthu

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

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
Kolkata Knight Riders84/8(20 overs)
Royal Challengers Bangalore85/2(13.3 overs)

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

13.3
1
Prasidh Krishna to Kohli, 1 run
short of a length, outside off, he runs this down to third man. They need one but he runs two. Only one will be counted
13.2
Prasidh Krishna to Kohli, no run
yorker, dug out. Another dot
13.1
2
Prasidh Krishna to Kohli, 2 runs
length ball, clipped in front of deep midwicket, and they come back for two

This could be the last over before the strategic timeout. Will be see it? Kirshna comes back

end of over 135 runs
RCB: 82/2CRR: 6.3 • RRR: 0.42 • Need 3 from 42b
Gurkeerat Singh Mann21 (26)
Virat Kohli15 (14)
Lockie Ferguson4-0-17-1
Varun Chakravarthy4-0-28-0

Ferguson and Varun done

12.6
Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh, no run
driven on the up but straight to mid-off
12.5
Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh, no run
looks for the upper cut, but is beaten by the pace and the bounce outside off
12.4
Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh, no run
backs away, Ferguson bowls the slower legcutter, and he can't get this past Ferguson
12.3
Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh, no run
short of a length, outside off, hit back to Ferguson
12.2
1
Ferguson to Kohli, 1 run
low full toss outside off, pushed to deep point for one
12.1
4
Ferguson to Kohli, FOUR runs
and Kohli says he wants to end it this over. Goes over midwicket and connects this well

Eight required. This is still a big NRR boost for RCB

end of over 1210 runs
RCB: 77/2CRR: 6.41 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 8 from 48b
Virat Kohli10 (12)
Gurkeerat Singh Mann21 (22)
Varun Chakravarthy4-0-28-0
Lockie Ferguson3-0-12-1
11.6
1
Varun to Kohli, 1 run
legcutter, pushed wide of point for one
11.5
1
Varun to Gurkeerat Singh, 1 run
short of a length, outside off, punched down to long-off for one
11.4
4
Varun to Gurkeerat Singh, FOUR runs
smart shot. Picks his spot in the leg side, and sweeps Varun against the little turn that there is, and goes over square leg
11.3
4
Varun to Gurkeerat Singh, FOUR runs
short of a length, too wide, and Mann gets a thick edge on the cut to beat short third man
11.2
Varun to Gurkeerat Singh, no run
short, long hop, Mann looks to pull but it sits in the surface. Front edge to midwicket
11.1
Varun to Gurkeerat Singh, no run
full, really full, yorks him up, dug out to cover

Varun to bowl out

end of over 114 runs
RCB: 67/2CRR: 6.09 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 18 from 54b
Gurkeerat Singh Mann12 (17)
Virat Kohli9 (11)
Lockie Ferguson3-0-12-1
Varun Chakravarthy3-0-18-0
10.6
1
Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh, 1 run
full and straight, pushed wide of mid-on for one

Prasanna D Pati: "@Adarsh - I am sure Virat has NRR in mind. Pitch seems to be bit slow to bat on.. "

10.5
1
Ferguson to Kohli, 1 run
short of a length, angling in, worked to deep square leg
10.4
1
Ferguson to Gurkeerat Singh, 1 run
big short ball, fended in front of the throat, and it goes uppishly to third man for one

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?"

Best performances - batsmen
EJG Morgan
30 runs (34)
3 fours
1 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
pull
10 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
10189227
D Padikkal
25 runs (17)
3 fours
0 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
off drive
11 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
026221111
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammed Siraj
O
4
M
2
R
8
W
3
Eco
2.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
YS Chahal
O
4
M
0
R
15
W
2
Eco
3.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossKolkata Knight Riders , elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2020
Player Of The Match
Mohammed Siraj
Season2020/21
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50- 21.20
Match days21 October 2020 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Virender Sharma
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
Ulhas Gandhe
Match Referee
Shakti Singh
PointsRoyal Challengers Bangalore 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0