Mumbai: A late cameo from Harshal Patel and his senior partner Dinesh Karthik helped Faf du Plessis’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pull off a narrow victory by three wickets over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a low scoring thriller of the 15th edition of IPL 2022 here on Wednesday.
Chasing a meagre target of 129, Bangalore started off poorly losing three wickets including skipper Faf and star batsman Virat Kohli within three overs at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Though David Willey and Sherfane Rutherford tried to build the innings, the former was removed by Sunil Narine, who is known for giving breakthroughs to his team, reducing the south Indian team to 62/4 in 11 overs.
Though Shahbaz Ahmed was looking poised, he was sent back to the dugout by Varun Chakaravarthy in the 16th over.
Two wickets by Black Caps’ bowler Tim Southee in the 18th over gave Kolkata hope that was demolished by Dinesh Karthik’s seven-ball 14 and Harshal Patel’s six-ball 10.
Earlier, Kolkata were unable to stitch together any solid partnerships and were bowled out for 128 in 18.5 overs.
Andre Russell, whose contribution helped Kolkata to cross the 100-mark, was the top scorer for the team with his 25 off 18 balls.
Wanindu Hasaranga was the best bowler for Bangalore with his 4/20 in four overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 132-7 (Sherfane Rutherford 28, Shahbaz Ahmed 27; Tim Southee 3-20) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 128 (Andre Russell 25, Umesh Yadav 18; Wanindu Hasaranga 4-20) by 3 wickets.
RCB XI: Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, S Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep.
KKR XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson, Sam Billings, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy.