KKR Became First Team To Defeat Home Side In IPL 2024, Hand RCB Their 2nd Defeat

Mumbai: KKR defeated RCB by seven wickets at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday. With this they became first team to defeat home side in IPL 2024.

Between 2008 and 2015, Bengaluru had a 4-2 home winning record over Kolkata prior to this. However, throughout the last eight years, Kolkata has emerged as a strong force, winning five of their last six games versus Bengaluru.

Bengaluru provided Kolkata Knight Riders with a competitive total of 182 for six on Friday thanks to an unbeaten 83-run effort by Virat Kohli. Along with Cameron Green (33 off 21 balls), Kohli and Green shared a vital 65-run partnership that helped steer the RCB’s innings.

Faf du Plessis, Bengaluru’s captain, was out early as Harshit Rana scored after being smacked for a six. Following du Plessis’s dismissal, Kohli and Green performed together to keep the Royals in the game, as they reached 61 for 1 in the PowerPlay. To reach his 52nd IPL fifty, Kohli executed a variety of shots, like as drives, lofts over covers, sweeps, and slog-sweeps. The shot of the evening was Kohli’s flick off Starc for a six, which epitomised his never-ending ambition to outsmart and overpower bowlers.
But Andre Russell interrupted Green’s attempt to pull him, sending the ball smashing against his stumps, ending the promising partnership.

After a 42-run partnership with Kohli, Glenn Maxwell was dropped twice but still managed to score 28 runs off 19 balls before falling to Sunil Narine, caught by Rinku Singh at deep point. Having lost confidence after the England Test series, Rajat Patidar was unable to create an impression, scoring just three runs off of four balls. As the KKR bowlers successfully slowed down the game’s pace with their pace-off approach, Kohli persisted in his effort.

Phil Salt and Sunil Narine gave Kolkata a great start as they combined 86 runs for the first wicket while chasing 183 for their second straight victory. Kolkata also scored 85 for 0, their second-highest Powerplay total in IPL history, thanks to the contributions of Salt and Narine. To give Bengaluru some breathing room, left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar removed Narine for 47 and Vijaykumar Vyshak dismissed Salt for 30. But then Venkatesh Iyer and captain Shreyas Iyer teamed together to create a third-wicket stand of 75 runs. Shreyas Iyer finished with 39 runs to lead his team home and ensure they would not lose, while Venkatesh Iyer hammered a 30-ball fifty.

Bengaluru’s bowling performance fell far short of their typical level. The home team allowed the opposition hitters free passes and bowled an excessive number of loose balls. The two best bowlers were Vijaykumar Vyshak and Mayank Dagar, but the Kolkata hitters really put a hurting on the rest of the attack. Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, and Mohammed Siraj all scored more than 11 runs in an over that the home team was unable to hold onto. They also shattered the record of the host team winning every game they had played in the competition with this defeat. Bengaluru will start over and aim to be well-prepared for their upcoming match.

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