Chakravarthy, Russell shine as KKR beats RCB by nine wickets

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Venkatesh Iyer got KKR's run chase off to a flying start.   -  SPORTZPICS

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the IPL 2021 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders from Abu Dhabi.

A brilliant all-round performance from KKR. They beat RCB by nine wickets. Russell 3-9, Chakravarty 3-13 restricted RCB to a modest 92 before Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer made light work of the target, romping home by nine wickets and 60 balls to spare. That would be all from our side. Thanks for joining us.



Gill perishes - one attacking shot too many for the right-handed opener. Chahal gets a wicket. Gill falls for 48. Russell is in next. Iyer meanwhile picks up the googly and reverse-sweeps him for four. Four more, this time down the ground. What a knock this has been from Iyer. He finishes it off with a disdainful pull shot for four. KKR thrashes RCB by nine wickets. Iyer unbeaten on 41 off 27 balls.

Patel continues. Gill gets another boundary thanks to some sloppy work in the deep by Sachin Baby. A single to end the over. 7 off the over. KKR 82/0 in 9 Overs.

Gill picks this Hasaranga wrong'un and launches this over long-on for six. Iyer matching Gill stroke for stroke - switch-hits this over deep backward-point for four. KKR 75/0 in 8 Overs.

Harshal Patel comes into the attack. Six off the over including a wide. Iyer and Gill continuing to look aggressive. KKR: 62/0 in 7 Overs.


Chahal to wrap up the Powerplay. Gill sweeps this one away for four. KKR in a hurry. Gill brings up the 50 partnership with another imperious hit for four. A slog sweep towards long-on for four. 11 from that over. KKR 56/0 in 6 Overs. Kolkata Knight Riders needs 37 runs in 84 balls.

Jamieson back into the attack and gets hit for a four straightaway. Disdainful from Gill. Skipped down the track and hammered it down the ground for four. Jamieson concedes a free-hit now with a front-foot no-ball. Nothing going RCB's way tonight. A short ball from Jamieson and Gill is unable to get this one away. Gill now makes room and launches it over extra cover for four. Beautiful end to the over as Iyer dances down the track and launches one over long-on for six. 16 from the over. KKR 45/0 in 5 Overs.

Hasaranga into the attack now. Good start. Three singles off the first three balls. Iyer now slaps one through covers for four. He is not wasting time, is Iyer. Seven off the over. KKR 29/0 in 4 Overs.

Siraj continues. Iyer on strike. Iyer slashes and slashes hard but Jamieson puts in a desperate dive to save the boundary, saves two runs for his team. Iyer is not holding back here - adopting a fearless prroach in the powerplay. Finishes with four successive dots. Just two from it. KKR 22/0 in 3 Overs.

Jamieson into the attack. Gill collects a couple before collecting a four off the next. KKR off to a flying start. Jamieson bowls two back-to-back wides. Not what you want from one of your main players when you are defending just 92. Dot to end the over. KKR 20/0 in 2 Overs.

Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer to begin the chase. Siraj with the new ball. Gill's off the mark with a single off the second ball. Siraj going over the wicket to the left-hander Iyer. He has a slip. Shot. Siraj offers width and Iyer carves it away for four. Follows it up with an even better shot - stood tall, scythed it through cover for four. KKR 10/0 in 1 Over.



Russell 3-9, Chakravarty 3-13. Terrific bowling performance from the Knights. Varun and Russell pick six between them to bowl RCB out for a paltry 92. This after Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Nothing went right for Kohli's men tonight. They kept losing wickets regularly and all five KKR bowlers were right on the money. KKR needs 93 to win. Back with the chase shortly.

Russell into his third. He has been brilliant tonight. Chahal gets a single first ball. GONE! Siraj holes out off the last ball. RCB bowled out for 92 in 19 overs! Russell's figures - 3-0-9-3.

Prasidh is back into the attack. Can he finish things off? Starts with three dots. Prasidh is giving nothing away here. But concedes a single and a boundary to end the over. RCB 89/9 in 18 Overs.

Ferguson returns and concedes a boundary - off the edge of Harshal's bat and races away to the fence. GONE! Ferguson cleans up Patel with an inch-perfect yorker. RCB nine down! Chahal joins Siraj. Four runs and a wicket from it. RCB 83/9 in 17 Overs.

Chakravarthy to wrap up his spell. Oh dear, Jamieson seems to have been run out at the non-striker's end. Replays confirm Jamieson's bat was still outside the crease as the ball brushed Varun's fingers and crashed into the stumps. That kind of a day for RCB. Mohammed Siraj joins Harshal. Chakravarthy's spell comes to an end - 4-0-13-3. RCB 79/8 in 16 Overs.

Narine bowling out. Patel gets a boundary off a thick bottom edge. Some much-needed runs for RCB. Seven off that over. 4-0-20-0: Narine's figures. Narine bowled 12 dot balls. RCB 75/7 in 15 Overs.

Chakravarthy into his third over. 2-0-7-2: Chakravarthy's figures so far. He has been on top of his game tonight. Another one bites the dust. Chakravarthy carving RCB open with his bowling. Baby departs. End of yet another excellent over from Varun. Just two runs off it. His figures so far: 3-0-9-3. RCB 68/7 in 14 Overs. Harshal Patel has joined Jamieson.

Sunil Narine back into the attack. Good start to the bowler. Just a single three off the first four. Narine wraps up the over with two dots. RCB 66/6 in 13 Overs.

Varun Chakravarthy is back into the attack. Maxi takes a single first ball. The boundaries have dried up for RCB. Another single, this time for Baby. GONE! Chakravarthy  Maxwell has been clean bowled! KKR all over RCB at the moment. Wanindu out lbw first ball on debut! He is on a hat-trick. Chakravarthy pings Jamieson on the pad. Pleads with Morgan to review but the skipper is not interested. RCB 63/6 in 12 Overs.

Ferguson back for his third. Morgan rotating his bowlers here. Baby on strike. Baby gets an inside edge on his flick and collects a single. Maxwell rotates strike with a single. Baby now takes a risky single. Last thing they want at this stage is a run out. Lockie bowls a wasit-hiigh no-ball which has been pulled away for a single by Baby. Maxwell on strike for the free hit! Ends with an yorker. RCB 60/4 in 11 Overs.

The game's gone south for Kohli and Co.! The onus is on Maxwell to rebuild with Sachin Baby for company. RCB 54/4 in 10 Overs.

Talk about class and it keeps coming thick and fast from RCB! ABD walks in. WAIT! WHAAAAT? A fiery yorker sneaks under De Villiers' shoes and Russell has done it again. A golden duck for the South African. RCB 52/4 in 9 Overs.

GONE! Russell gets another breakthrough! Bharat holes out. It's time-out time!

Narine bowls his second, goes for four. Good bowling from KKR. Keeping the pressure on the Bangalore batsmen. RCB 51/2 in 8 Overs.

Glenn Maxwell comes to the crease. Andre Russell into the attack. Russell working up some good pace here. Good over so far. Just singles off it. Ends with another single. Six off it. RCB 47/2 in 7 Overs.

Ferguson bowling the final over of the powerplay. Padikkal thrashes it to deep point for four. Good comeback from the Kiwi pacer. GONE! Padikkal is caught behind! Six runs and a wicket off the final over of the powerplay. RCB 41/2 in 6 Overs.

Sunil Narine into the attack now. Slip in place. Padikkal takes a single off the second ball. Bharat now collects a single to deep square leg. Bharat ends the over with a boundary over extra cover. 7 off the over. RCB 35/1 in 5 Overs.

Prasidh Krishna continues. Good start. Four dots in a row to Bharat. KKR quicks have been on the money so far. Just as I say that, Prasidh oversteps and concedes a free hit! Oh dear, another no ball. Very high full-toss which is flicked away for a single. Padikkal hits a full-toss on his pads over short fine leg for four. A single to end the over. Eight from it. RCB 28/1 in 4 Overs.

Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack. Padikkal takes a single first ball. Bharat hits one to deep square for a single. Padikkal then unfurls a beautiful loft over the bowler's head for four. Pure elegance. A quick single to end the over. RCB 20/1 in 3 Overs.

Prasidh Krishna, right-arm medium, comes into the attack. Padikkal on strike. Slip in place. DPD takes a single down to third man. Concedes a wide next ball. SHOT! Through the covers, Kohli drives on the up and collects four. Kohli has been given out lbw. He reviews immediately. It's three reds and Kohli has to walk. KS Bharat walks in at 3. Bharat's off the mark with a couple. RCB 12/1 in 2 Overs.

Kohli and Padikkal to open. Kohli to take strike. Varun Chakravarthy takes the new ball. A slip in place. Kohli's off the mark with a single. Two successive dots to Padikkal. Varun is bowling around the stumps to the left-hander Padikkal. No slip in place. DPD opens his account with a three square of the wicket. Just 4 off it. RCB 4/0 in 1 Over.

TOSS UPDATE: Virat Kohli wins the toss, RCB to bat first. Two debutants for RCB: K.S. Bharat and Hasaranga

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Wanindu Hasaranga, Sachin Baby, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal

UPDATE: Venkatesh Iyer has been handed his maiden cap by KKR.

Andre Russell to Star: We need to win games for sure, but we're not stressing ourselves, taking it one game at a time. Once we keep going through each hurdle, we will think about the other one. There is pressure, but you can't put too much on yourself. You can do whatever is in my control, be it with the bat, ball or the field. I just want to contribute to the team. It's very hot and humid. We're trying to get accustomed to the heat, we did have a few day games in the Caribbean (Premier League), but it wasn't as hot as this.

6:45 PM: We are just 15 minutes away from toss.

STAT ALERT: Kohli is set to play his 200th IPL game today.  He is the only one to do it all for a single franchise.

Where to watch today's IPL 2021 match?

The IPL 2021 match between RCB and KKR will be aired live on Star Sports channels - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. The online streaming will be available on Hotstar.