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IPL 2021 Playoffs: RCB bad luck continues while Sunil Narine has a spellbinding bowling display

Royal Challengers Bangalore yet again fall short of an IPL trophy and the difference was due to a fabulous bowling effort by Sunil Narine.

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Sunil Narine

The day belonged to Sunil Narine as he ended up with figures for 4/21. RCB won the toss and started well with Kohli and Padikkal scoring at a brisk rate scoring more than 50 in the first 5 overs. The first wicket to fall was Padikkal at 59 and then on the brakes were well put by the KKR bowlers, especially Narine.

Narine had a field day with none of the RCB batsman able to have a go at him. Kohli was clean bowled attempting a slog of Narine with the score at 88/3 and RCB lost their way from there. Narine’s wickets included Virat Kohli, AB deVilliers, and Glenn Maxwell. That tells the story of the struggle by the Royal Challengers Batters and in the end, RCB couldn’t put up enough runs on the board to defend as they could manage only 138 in the 20 overs.

Kolkata Knight Riders Chase

KKR also started strongly with Shubman Gill and Venkatsh Iyer adding 41 for the first wicket before Shubman got out. Even though runs were hard to get by , KKR were still in the run chase. Sunil Narine again showed why he is the best allrounder in the business by scoring a brisk 26 off 15 balls. KKR got a slight scare when Mohd, Siraj took 2 wickets in the 17th over but the asking run rate was hovering around six and the experience of Morgan and Shakib ensured that KKR move on to the next eliminator where they face Delhi Capitals.

KKR Top Players in IPL 2021

KKR – IPL 2021 Batsmen
PlayerInnsRunsTS100s50sAvgSR
Rahul Tripathi14383740229.46142.37
Shubman Gill15381570225.40121.72
Nitish Rana1437080*0233.63122.92
Venkatesh Iyer8265670237.85123.25
Dinesh Karthik13214400026.75133.75
Andre Russell9183540126.14152.50
Eoin Morgan14129470012.90100.78
Pat Cummins593660131.00166.07
Sunil Narine86026*0010.00136.36

KKR – IPL 2021 Bowlers
PlayerInnsOversWksBBI4WAvgEcon
Varun Chakravarthy1560.0163/13024.006.40
Sunil Narine1248.0144/21122.006.41
Lockie Ferguson622.0123/18011.836.45
Prasidh Krishna1038.3123/30029.259.11
Andre Russell819.0115/15017.099.89
Shivam Mavi724.194/21119.337.20
Pat Cummins726.593/24026.338.83
Shakib Al Hasan619.041/1031.506.63
Tim Southee312.032/26031.667.91
Venkatesh Iyer37.332/29021.338.53

Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel, who is the leading wicket-taker in this year’s IPL ended up with 32 wickets matching Dwayne Bravo’s record of most wickets in a single edition of the IPL. Bravo had also picked up 32 wickets in 2013 while representing Chennai Super Kings.
Harshal had already broken the record for most wickets by an Indian in one IPL season. The seamer went past Jasprit Bumrah who had taken 27 wickets in the 2020 edition.

Brief Scores

RCB – 138/7 (Virat Kohli – 39, Devdutt Padikkal – 21; Harshal Patel 2/19, Chahal 2/19)

KKR – 139/6 (Shubman Gill -29, Sunil Narine – 29; Sunil Narine 4/21)

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wickets


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