IPL 2021: AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell onslaught helps all-round RCB beat KKR, make it three in three

IPL 2021: AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell onslaught helps all-round RCB beat KKR, make it three in three

Chennai: Glenn Maxwell was good however AB de Villiers was higher as Royal Challengers Bangalore bested Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs of their IPL match on Sunday.

Batting first, De Villiers’ grasp class and Maxwell’s counter-attacking half-century propelled RCB to an imposing 204 for 4. In reply, KKR had been stopped at 166 for eight as RCB regained the highest spot within the pecking order.

RCB smashed 56 runs within the final three overs, together with 21 within the last six deliveries, because of de Villiers 34-ball 76 not out.

AB de Villiers scored 76 not out off 34 while Glenn Maxwell slammed 78 off 49 against KKR. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

AB de Villiers scored 76 not out off 34 whereas Glenn Maxwell slammed 78 off 49 towards KKR. Picture: Sportzpics for IPL

Maxwell blazed away to 78 off 49 deliveries, hitting 9 boundaries and three maximums earlier than the genius from South Africa strode in and struck the identical variety of fours and sixes as his teammate from Australia.

The Knight Riders had been off to an excellent begin with leg-break bowler Varun Chakravarthy leaving RCB in early hassle at 9/2 with the massive wickets of skipper Virat Kohli (5) and Rajat Patidar (1) within the second over.

Opening the bowling for KKR, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh bowled a good line and size to stifle the RCB batsmen in his first two overs.

After Chakravarthy lured Kohli to go over cowl with a tossed-up supply that drifted away from the right-hander, Rahul Tripathi pulled off a sensational catch working again from extra-cover. The highest batsman was nowhere near the ball.

Chakravarthy then went via the defence of Patidar with one which darted again on touchdown.

Mixing aggression with warning, Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal (25) revived the RCB innings after the early blows on the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Whereas the younger Indian appeared content material taking part in the second fiddle, the swashbuckling Australian counter-attacked in effective trend and performed the massive photographs with consummate ease.

The in-form Maxwell upped the ante when he cleared his entrance leg to plonk Shakib Al Hasan over long-on for his first most within the sixth over.

The one bowled by Shakib turned out to be a productive over for RCB as they obtained 17 runs off it.

Morgan’s resolution to take out each Chakravarthy and Harbhajan at a time once they had been bowling effectively was baffling, however RCB did not thoughts in any respect as they capitalised on the shocking transfer.

After reaching 45 for 2 on the finish of the six powerplay overs, Maxwell shifted gears and raced to his half-century in simply 28 balls.

Even Chakravarthy, who was on fireplace a while in the past, was not spared by Maxwell as he smashed him for a six and 4 off successive balls.

Prasidh Krishna ended the third-wicket partnership of 86 runs by sending again Padikkal, which signalled the arrival of De Villiers within the center.

Becoming a member of forces, the dazzling duo of Maxwell and De Villiers didn’t permit the KKR bowlers to settle into any form of rhythm till premier pacer Pat Cummins ended their 53-run affiliation.

After that, the present belonged to De Villiers as he toyed with KKR bowlers.

He completed it off in fashion, pummelling Andre Russell for 3 fours and a six within the final over of the innings.

The last-over onslaught was preceded by 4, 4, 6 as de Villiers left poor Russell bruised and battered.

The extraordinarily gifted Shubman Gill and in-form Nitish Rana struck a couple of fours and sixes earlier than the previous obtained out for a nine-ball 21.

KKR saved shedding wickets at common intervals and had been tottering at 114 for 5 within the 14th over when purple cap holder Harshal Patel dismissed captain Eoin Morgan (29).

Russell (31 off 20 balls) supplied some leisure by gathering 20 runs off Yuzvendra Chahal within the seventeenth over, the sequence of photographs studying 6, 4, 4, 4.

Subsequent, Kyle Jamieson was performed over midwicket for a giant six by Russell, however the tall Kiwi pacer additionally had two wickets in the identical over.

For RCB, Jamieson completed with 3/41 and there have been two wickets apiece for Harshal and Chahal.

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