Siraj stars as RCB thrash Morgan' s KKR

Seamer requires 3-8 as KKR limp in order to 84-8 after choosing to baseball bat first

By Sam Drury

Last Updated: 21/10/20 6: 31pm

Mohammed Siraj was magnificent in the return to the RCB side

Mohammed Siraj was magnificent in the return to the RCB side

Mohammed Siraj required 3-8 on his return to the Regal Challengers Bangalore side as Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a heavy beat in the Indian Premier League.

KKR skipper Eoin Morgan opted to bat first within Abu Dhabi but two wickets in two balls from Siraj left them 3-2 in the 2nd over, that soon became 3-3 and then 14-4 as RCB’s bowlers piled on the pressure.

Morgan offered the only real resistance meant for Kolkata but when he fell just for 30, they were 57-7 and eventually limped to 84-8 from their 20 overs.

RCB raced in order to 46-0 in reply and even after shedding both openers in the same Lockie Ferguson over, the result was in no way in doubt, with Virat Kohli (18no) and Gurkeerat Singh (21no) obtaining them home with more than six overs to spare.

Virat Kohli hit the particular winning runs as RCB shifted up to second in the IPL table

Virat Kohli hit the particular winning runs as RCB shifted up to second in the IPL table

Virat Kohli hit the particular winning runs as RCB transferred up to second in the IPL desk

The earn moves RCB up to second plus level on points with IPL leaders Delhi Capitals, the Dark night Riders stay fourth but are simply two points ahead of an in-form Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in the final play-off place.

Kolkata’s problems began midway through the second over whenever Siraj had Rahul Tripathi (1) caught behind and then castled left-hander Nitish Rana (0) next golf ball.

Navdeep Saini (1-23) then had Shubman Gill (1) caught at midwicket by Bob Morris in the next and although the quick bowler was superbly driven regarding four and then pulled for 6 by Tom Banton (10), Siraj backed up his double-wicket maiden to begin by cutting short the Britain man’s counter in the fourth more than, enticing another edge through to STOMACH de Villiers.

Morgan and Dinesh Karthik tried to restore, working the ones and twos for a few overs with the hope of being able to stop on later and salvage the particular innings but that plan has been scuppered by Yuzvendra Chahal. The particular leg-spinner hitting Karthik (4) at the pad and getting the lbw choice after a review.

Dab Cummins lasted 17 balls using just four to his name, attempted to get after to Chahal (2-15) but only managed to pick out lengthy off to leave KKR 40-6. Morgan added a couple of boundaries within quick succession as he tried to obtain the score moving but mistimed an additional big shot and was captured at deep midwicket off Wa Sundar (1-14).

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Kuldeep Yadav (12) and Ferguson (19no) were able to push the score upward a little in the final over prior to the former was run out coming back for 2 from the last ball of the innings.

Any hope of the miraculous fightback from KKR has been quickly extinguished as Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal eased the particular Royal Challengers to 44 with out loss at the end of the powerplay.

Ferguson came into the strike for the seventh over and made the particular breakthrough, Finch caught behind when he went after a wider delivery that will bounced a little more than he had been expecting. Padikkal was then go out after finding himself at the exactly the same end as Gurkeerat, allowing Cummins to run in form midwicket plus take off the bails at the some other.

That was as good as this got for KKR though, Kohli and Gurkeerat untroubled for the following few overs with the skipper still left to hit the winning runs half way through the 14th over.

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