Starc swings and misses a wide length ball, and that is the end for RCB
|Shakib Al Hasan||KKR||66.33||60(38)||61.16||56.77||0/27||-||9.57|
That is all from this game. Good bye
Robin Uthappa is the Man of the Match. Uthappa: "It is a great wicket and I enjoy playing here. Feels good to be contributing. I have got my plans worked out as far as opening is concerned. It is like bread and butter for me. The pitch was stopping a bit more. Shots on the rise were not conducive. When Shakib came in, I knew if I rotated the strike, we could get big runs in the end. I did not look at the scoreboard, I just kept batting. Really glad to have Shakib at the other end. I knew I just needed to feed him the strike, he was going hammer and tongs at the spinners in the middle overs."
Gautam Gambhir: "The way Robin and Shakib set it up for us was brilliant. Chasing 195 on this pitch is always tough and we always knew we had the bowlers to defend. On this wicket, it gets tough with Sunil and Morne in our ranks."
Virat Kohli: "When we were batting, the difference after 12 overs was only ten runs. But after that, they took off, they scored about 90 in the last eight. That is one area where we have been lacking in the past few games. That has cost us badly in this tournament. In T20, the side that bowls better ends up being on the right side of the result. Tonight was another case where KKR bowled better than us and you saw the result in the end. (Robin) is batting well but it is important to make him hit in the areas we want him to rather than just giving him balls to hit. It was more like he was given balls in the areas in which he wanted to hit rather than making him think about what he should do and the bowler being smarter than the batsman. All credit to him, he has been playing well and hitting the ball well. We have not been consistent in the crucial moments, I have said this before as well. Have not maintained our composure too much. in those crunch situations. It is up to the individuals to learn from that and come back stronger. But we have not been able to do that. We started off well today as well. 20-odd runs in four overs and two wickets and we just could not capitalise on it. We gave away the momentum again."
KKR march into the playoffs with a commanding win, their sixth on the trot, thanks to Uthappa, Shakib and Narine. RCB are out of the race. Only one spot up for grabs now, and RR, MI and SRH will compete for it. Sunrisers go up against CSK now, and will be out too if they lose. You can follow that match here
Vee: "When you're playing a T20 against a side with Narine in the line-up, your allotted overs is really 16. "
Grandmaster: "Narine was the queen on a chessboard today. Took out the queen, a couple of rooks and the knight of the opposition today."
Varun Anand: "Now when I look back, KKR have played good cricket throughout this IPL, not just the last 6 games. Had one or two results turned in KKR's favour, they would have been 1 or 2 on the table."
in the blockhole just outside off, hit hard into the pitch and bounces over the bowler
full around leg, driven straight down the ground
flicks off the pad wide of fine leg for two
cracks a pitched up ball powerfully to the right of long off for a boundary
makes room and lifts a full delivery that bounces just short of extra cover and goes past him
Clint: "Its amazing how Narine has continued to baffle the best batsmen around even in today's world with the best reviews and technology"
very full just outside off stump, smashed straight back to the bowler
full one outside off flashed to extra cover, who cannot stop it
over short fine leg, walks outside off and lifts a full ball over the man in the ring
very high full toss heaved wide of deep midwicket, it is a no-ball for height, there is an appeal for run-out, Uthappa does well to gather the wide throw one-handed and whip the bails off, but batsman has just made it
full and outside off, thick inside edge goes square on the leg side as Starc looks to go off side
low full toss guided wide of the sweeper
KKRfan: "What a day for KKR!! - Uthappa getting orange cap and Narine getting purple cap!!!!"
pitched up outside off, swung hard on the bounce to long off
Andrew: "I don't care how well Uthappa or Shakib played but there is only one MoM for me. Narine has just ripped out RCB's middle order in the most emphatic way possible."
full around off, driven to long off
length ball angled in to the left hander from round the stumps, Starc misses
dropped as Rana flashes a full and wide one to the bowler's left, Vinay stretches but can't hold on
heaves and edges it over and in the gap between short third man and backward point
vijay: "narine is the real (some superhero) here.."
full toss smeared down the ground for a couple
full outside off, driven to extra cover
Vinay Kumar can breathe easy now. Here he comes
What a weapon to have in your attack
that should be game, set and match, Sunil Narine takes his fourth wicket, AB bends down for the sweep, the ball pitches good length and carries on straight past the bat-swing to hit off stump
|Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Toss||Royal Challengers Bangalore, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.25, Interval 17.25-17.45, Second Session 17.45-19.10|
|Match days||22 May 2014 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0|
Over 20 • RCB 165/5KKR won by 30 runs