Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored a blistering 100, as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in an thrilling nail bitter at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Friday.
Bangalore included Henrich Klaasen and Dale Steyn in place of AB De Villiers and Umesh Yadav, while Kolkata went in with an unchanged line up.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the visitors lost Parthiv Patel cheaply in the powerplay to Sunil Narine.
Akshdeep Nath who was promoted at No 3 struggled to get going as he was dismissed by Andre Russell for 13. Moeen Ali along with skipper Virat Kohli were involved in an 90 run stand for the fourth wicket, with the 31 year old England left handed batsman going berserk by smashing 27 runs off Indian leg spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the 16th over.
Ali after scoring a brilliant 66 was dismissed in the 16th over. Kohli and Marcus Stoinis added a quickfire 64 runs for the fourth wicket, before the former was caught by Gill off Gurney for a magnificent century. His knock comprised off 9 fours and 4 sixes.
RCB in the last 6 overs scored 91 runs as Royal Challengers posted a massive score of 213/4 in their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing a target of 214, Kolkata Knight Riders were rocked early, as they lost Chris Lynn who was caught at mid off in the very first over to Dale Steyn for 1.
Sunil Narine after playing some lovely shots was dismissed by Navdeep Saini. The home side lost wickets of Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa as KKR were reeling at 79/4.
Andre Russell and Nitish Rana bludgeoned the RCB bowlers by smashing them to all parts of ground with an 118 run stand for the fifth wicket. Needing 113 runs in six over, the duo almost got their team over the line, but Moeen Ali kept his cool and defended 24 runs in the final over, giving the Bangalore side their second win of the tournament.
The 35 year old South African fast bowler Dale Steyn was Bangalore’s best bowler as he claimed 2/40, while Saini and Stoinis bagged a wicket each.
Virat Kohli was declared the Man of the match.
The 36th match of the Indian Premier league will be a double header with Rajasthan Royals taking on Mumbai Indians at Jaipur, while Delhi Capitals will be squaring off against Kings XI Punjab at Delhi on 20 April 2019.