The Eliminator match of the IPL 2021 saw Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) taking on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on October 11, 2021, in Sharjah. The winner of this match will face Delhi Capitals (DC) in the second qualifier on Wednesday (Oct 13) in Sharjah itself for a chance to play CSK in the finals.
RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first going in the match with an unchanged side. Eoin Morgan’s KKR also went in unchanged.
Openers Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal added 49 runs in 5 overs before Padikkal fell to Ferguson for 21 runs. KS Bharat, the hero of RCB’s win last game, struggled for 9 runs in 15 balls, while Virat Kohli got himself set and was then dismissed for 39 in 33. Both these wickets fell to Sunil Narine.
Narine was in top form with the ball removing the dangerous duo of Glenn Maxwell (15) and AB de Villiers (11), finishing with figures of 4/21 in 4 overs. His fellow KKR spinners Shakib Al Hasan gave 24 runs in his 4 overs, while Varun gave 20 runs in his 4, choking the RCB batting lineup in middle overs.
Lockie Ferguson picked 2/30 in his 4 overs as RCB ended their innings at 138/7 in 20 overs.
The cricket fraternity was all praises for Sunil Narine’s champion-like bowling performance and lauded him on Twitter.
Here are the tweets:
Below par score by #RCB. After a decent start, should have been close to 160. Not a great pitch to bat on, but in a low scoring match, 10-12 runs can make a huge difference. Unless #RCB pull off something special my MoM is decided: Sunil Narine
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 11, 2021
Match winning spell from Sunil. What an effort- virat Maxwell ABD. What more does one want if you are a @KKRiders supporter from your top man. He has made Durga Puja evening that much better for many in Kolkata. Top effort.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 11, 2021
Sunil Narine tonight. #RCBvKKR #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/fB7kzqw3Js
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 11, 2021
not a bad day at the office when you pick up Kohli, AB and Maxwell #RCBvsKKR #IPL2021
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 11, 2021
Woah! Sunil Narine doing what he does best! Getting #ABD through the gate was special 🔥 #KKRvRCB #KKR
— RK (@RK_sports) October 11, 2021
Cometh the hour…cometh the man. Narine has broken the backbone of #RCB batting. Bharat, Kohli, DeVilliers and Maxwell. He’s still got it… #IPL2O21
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 11, 2021
bharat ho ya kohli, maxwell ho ya de villers..main hoon na says #naraine #RCBvKKR
— Stay Home – Stay Safe – Get Vaccinated 🙏 (@hemangkbadani) October 11, 2021