IPL 2024, RCB vs KKR highlights: Venkatesh Iyer’s fifty, Sunil Narine’s cameo carry KKR to seven-wicket win over RCB | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: A relentless half-century by Venkatesh Iyer acted as the driving force behind Kolkata Knight Riders’ commanding seven-wicket triumph over Royal Challengers Bengaluru in their recent IPL encounter.
Venkatesh’s brisk 50 off 30 deliveries (3 fours, 4 sixes), coupled with explosive performances from openers Sunil Narine (47 off 22 balls, including 2 fours and 5 sixes) and Phil Salt (30 off 20 balls, comprising 2 fours and 2 sixes), propelled the Knight Riders beyond the 183-run target set by RCB.

This target had been anchored by Virat Kohli‘s skillful unbeaten 83.
The KKR batters never got bogged down either by a slow pitch or RCB bowlers as they hunted down the target in just 16.5 overs.
Their approach on the night was best exemplified by Venkatesh, who is trying hard to regain his relevance in white ball formats, who added 75 runs for the third wicket with skipper Shreyas Iyer (39 not out).
The left-hander found his range from the word go, as pacer Alzarri Joseph suffered the brunt of his aggressive intentions.

He biffed the West Indian quick for 20 runs in an over that contained two sixes over cover and mid-wicket and a steered four to third man, besides a leg-bye boundary.
Shreyas, who was dropped on five by Yash Dayal off highly impressive local pacer Vysakh Vijayakumar (1/23), just had the supporting role on this night.
But for that crisp win, the KKR should profusely thank Narine and Salt, who subjugated RCB bowlers in the Power Play with astonishing power-hitting.

The visitors’ chase began frenetically as Narine and Salt added 86 runs in just 6.3 overs through an array of dazzling shots.
Salt started the carnage, smoking pacer Mohammed Siraj for 18 runs in the very first over, finding two sixes and a four.

Narine followed suit. After smashing Joseph for two sixes in the third over, the left-hander vandalised the figures of left-arm pacer Dayal, clobbering him for 21 runs, including a four and two sixes in three consecutive balls in the sixth over.
There was a hint of sluggishness in the Chinnaswamy surface but there was hardly any effort by the RCB bowlers to exploit it with slower balls like their Knight Riders counterparts.

It required a yorker from left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar to break the opening wicket partnership as Narine failed to block the full-length delivery on the off-stump.
But by then, he had done his job.
Earlier, Kohli’s skilful unbeaten fifty formed the foundation of RCB’s competitive 182 for six.
Kohli (83, 59b, 4×4, 4×6) and Cameron Green (33 off 21b) milked 65 runs off 42 balls for the second wicket, the primary alliance in RCB innings, as the home side produced a two-faced effort on a track that was on the slower side.
An archetypal Dinesh Karthik cameo (20, 8b, 3×6) added gravitas to the RCB total as usual towards the end.
Skipper Faf du Plessis departed early as the Royal Challengers captain’s attempt to scoop pacer Harshit Rana ended in the hands of Mitchell Starc inside the circle.
But a period of stability followed as Kohli and Green kept RCB on the track with a busy stand that saw them reach 61 for 1 in the Power Play segment.
Kohli dished out drives and lofts over covers, a new addition to his batting, sweeps and slog-sweep to fetch his runs, but the shot of the night was a swat-flick off Starc that sailed for a six.
In fact, no other shot really encapsulates Kohli’s batting like the swat-flick – a child of his desire to find newer ways to sustain the domination of bowlers.
A simple snap of wrists and power emanating from a strong bottom hand can turn this traditionally gentle shot into a malevolent run-making option.
Kohli brought his fifty in 36 balls whereas other batters, except Green, struggled for timing.
But Green wasn’t really bothered about such technical angles, as his batting was all about brute power.
Narine, who was playing his 500th T20 match, was given a hammering as Green took 15 runs off the spinner’s first over that included a sequence of 4, 4, 6 – a sweep, slap past cover and a hoick over long-on.
However, the burgeoning alliance was snapped when Green’s effort to play a pull off Andre Russell saw the ball crashing onto his stumps.
Glenn Maxwell, who was dropped twice on 11 and 21, en route a 19-ball 28 could not exploit the largesse of KKR fielders as his luck finally ran out against Narine.
A slash off the West Indian spinner ended in the hands of Rinku Singh at deep point, and Maxwell had to depart after adding 42 runs for the third wicket with Kohli.
(With inputs from PTI)


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