Sharjah, October 12
A clinical bowling display, led by spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, after AB de Villiers’ batting pyrotechnics helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs in an IPL match here today. De Villiers smashed a sensational 33-ball 73 not out to power RCB to 194/2 after opting to bat.
Then, Sundar (2/20) and Chahal (1/12) reduced the match to a no-contest, stifling KKR to 112/9 in 20 overs. Pacer Chris Morris (2/17) chipped in at the death to hand RCB a comprehensive win. The win lifted RCB to second spot with 10 points from seven matches, while KKR dropped one place down to fourth with eight points.
Earlier, de Villiers produced a batting master class to lift the RCB total to 194 after a mid-innings muddle. Opener Aaron Finch (47 from 37 balls) and captain Virat Kohli (33 not out) were the other notable contributors. PTI
Brief scores: RCB: 194/2 (de Villiers 73 *, Finch 47; Krishna 1/42); KKR: 112/9 (Gill 34; Morris 2/17, Sundar 2/20)