The Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a massive 8-wicket defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 39th match of IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi.
RCB's domination was largely due to RCB's incredible performance with the ball led by Mohammad Siraj, who was outstanding and created history after he became the first bowler in the history of the IPL to bowl back to back maiden overs.
The Knight Riders were off to a shockingly poor start after electing to bat first. Rahul Tripathi was Siraj's first victim and southpaw Nitish Rana followed Tripathi off the very next ball. The next two overs fetched RCB two more wickets and KKR were in dire straits at 14/4 after 4 overs.
Their run-rate plummeted in the following overs and once Dinesh Karthik was dismissed in the 9th over, KKR were certainly staring down the barrel. Skipper Eoin Morgan staged a lone battle but it was in vain as he too fell after a 34-ball 30. Post the KKR captain's dismissal, the KKR batting hobbled along and just about managed to play out their 20 overs, putting up a below par 84/8 on the board.
Siraj finished with figures of 3/8 from his 4 overs, including two maidens and the pacer was well complemented by leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, who finished with 2/15 off his four overs.
A target of 85 was never going to be a challenge for RCB's formidable batting line-up. While Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch started off with caution, RCB suffered a minor hiccup as they lost both their openers in the space of just three balls.
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