On Sunday, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Royal Challengers Bangalore scored lowest innings total against Kolkata Knight Riders. 132 was the target and the batting team had players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. But RCB bundled out for 49 leading to an 82-run loss against KKR. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes and Colin Grandhomme picked up three wickets each, and Umesh Yadav chipped in with one.
Ironically, RCB had recorded the highest innings total in IPL history when they scored 263 runs against Pune Warriors India in year 2013.
Nathan Coulter-Nile was declared the player of the match.”I guess you have to come out steaming when you’re trying to defend 130 odd. I just had a feeling that we were going to make it tonight. I haven’t been bowling much, I was just so pumped up. I wasn’t even thinking much about the no-balls. I thought if I can push the batsmen back and then pitch it up and swing, I could get wickets. We’ve got some really good spinners who didn’t get to ball tonight. The pitch suited us,” said the Australian player.
Winning team captain Gautam Gambhir was all praise for his fast bowlers but unhappy with the batting performance of his team. While talking about his team’s performance Virat Kohli said “Our worst batting performance. It really hurts. After the kind of half that we had, we thought we could capitalise and chase it down. Reckless batting, I can’t say anything at the moment. It was that bad. This is just not acceptable.”