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By Dhiraj | Apr 06, 2019 12:29 AM

Batting first, the Royal Challengers Bangalore put up a massive total of 205 in their 20 overs. It was the Kohli and ABD show in the first innings as Kohli scored 84 off just 49 balls and Devilliers with 63 off 32 balls. Marcus Stoinis then finished off the innings well with 28 of 13 balls.

Russell\'s heroics takes KKR to a win against RCB

KKR had the perfect start to the chase with 17 runs of Tim Southee's first over. Saini bowled a fiery opening spell and got Narine out early. Lynn and Uthappa kept the scoring going with a 65 run partnership taking the team to the halfway stage with wickets in hand. Both of them fell in quick succession to the spin of Negi which got Rana and Karthik to the crease. Dinesh Karthik looked very scratchy at the crease as Rana tried his best to take on the spinners. Both Chahal and Negi were on top of their game and didn't allow KKR to gain any sort of momentum going into the slog overs. Rana got out for 37 and Karthik got out for 19 as the KKR needed 53 runs off the last 3 overs.

Just as RCB though they had the game in the bag, Siraj came on to bowl in the 18th over who had a terrible day on the field. It didn't get any better as he was not allowed to bowl midway in the over after the no-ball which was above waist height. Stoinis came on to complete the over and ended up conceding two sixes to Russell. Russell didnt stop as he ended up demolishing Tim Southee in the next over and got 29 runs off it. He ended up with 48 runs of just 13 balls smashing 7 sixes and a boundary during that innings. This Monster Innings from Russell helped KKR steal another win.

The RCB would have been confident of winning this game at the halfway mark, but they substandard efforts in the field as well as some poor tactical moves like not getting Moeen Ali on to bowl early on to after the 10th over when the pitch was really assisting the spinners, cost them the game. RCB have lost all 5 matches will be very difficult for them to come back from here.
KKR have been riding on Andre Russell's heroics but he never seems to let them down.