A sensational innings by AB de Villiers (33-ball 73*) followed by a clinical bowling display, led by spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs in Match 28 of IPL 2020.
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AB de Villiers smashed a sensational 33-ball 73 not out to power RCB to 194 for 2 after opting to bat. Then the RCB spin duo of Sundar (2/20) and his senior partner Chahal (1/12) reduced the match to a no-contest, stifling KKR to 112 for 9 in 20 overs. Pacer Chris Morris (2/17) chipped in at the death to hand RCB a comprehensive win.
IPL 2020 Points Table (after match 28)
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||7||5||2||0||-0.116||10|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||7||4||3||0||-0.577||8|
|Chennai Super Kings||7||2||5||0||-0.588||4|
|Kings XI Punjab||7||1||6||0||-0.447||2|
The win lifted RCB to third spot with 10 points from seven matches, while KKR dropped one place down to fourth with eight points as the league reached the halfway stage.
AB De Villiers’s Heroics
ABD raced to his fifty in 23 balls as RCB smashed 83 runs from the last five overs to prop up the total. Opener Aaron Finch (47 from 37 balls) and captain Virat Kohli (33 not out) were the other notable contributors.
Washington Sundar was top class and virtually derailed the KKR run chase with the prized-scalp of an in-form Eoin Morgan (8) and Nitish Rana (9). Chahal accounted for KKR’s last match hero and captain Dinesh Karthik (1) who dragged one to his stumps, deceived by the flight, while their star player Andre Russell continued his poor outing with a 10-ball 16.
Final Score: RCB 194/2 beat KKR 112/9 by 82 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020
|Against||1st Game||2nd Game|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||163/5 – 153/10||–|
|Kings XI Punjab||109/10 – 206/3||–|
|Rajasthan Royals||158/2 – 154/6||–|
|Mumbai Indians||201/3 – 201/5||–|
|Chennai Super Kings||169/6 – 132/8||–|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||194/2 – 112/9||–|
|Delhi Capitals||137/9 – 196/4||–|