So that is it from Bengaluru! The home side has been given a rude shock and they remain at the bottom of table, without posting a single win on the board till now having played 5 games. Meanwhile, Kolkata has posted their third win of this season and look really strong. Super Saturday up next, and a double-header in the offing! Chennai host Punjab in the first game of the day at the MA Chidambaram Stadium while Mumbai visit Hyderabad for the second match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The first game will begin at 1600 local (1030 GMT). Join us for the coverage of the same. Till then, we bid you goodbye. Cheers and take care!
Andre Russell is the Man of the Match. He believes that no game is over till the last ball is bowled. He informs us that the skipper told him that he might need a few balls to get in but he was going to play only one way ever since the time he was watching the game from the sidelines. He reckons that on another day, this might not be possible and says that the sometimes the players need to put their body on the line, feels that is the nature of T20 cricket. States that he has a never say die attitude. Laughs it off when asked if he considers any ground too big to clear, mentions that there are a few in Australia but now he trusts his power and strength, while backing himself to clear even those. When asked about how he deposits the low full tosses for maximums, he informs us that he uses his hand-eye coordination while also practicing the short-arm jabs. He signs off by jokingly saying that he cannot explain his shots, can only demonstrate them out in the middle.
Dinesh Karthik, the victorious Kolkata skipper is all smiles and says that the whole team trusts in the ability of Andre Russell. States that he just does the best for the team every single time he goes out there in the middle. Mentions that the ball was gripping a bit and assisting the spinners in the middle. He feels that the bowling has to be looked at and would like his side to restrict the opposition as it would help their batsmen during a chase. He also has praise for the way Chris Lynn batted and hopes he keeps batting well.
Chris Lynn is up for a little chat as well. He is all smiles and praises Andre Russell by saying that they keep putting him in difficult situations and he keeps on lifting his game. Feels that 220 was probably par on that wicket. On the luck factor, the Aussie responds that both teams got that as they also put down AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Terms Russell as the million dollar man for Kolkata as the West Indian keeps on doing it again and again.
Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli says that they bowled very poorly in the last 4 overs and admits that they have not been playing at the level of the League. He wants his bowlers to be more clever and terms his bowling one dimensional. States that he was not happy with the timing of his dismissal as he could have got 20-25 runs more. Points out that AB de Villiers didn't get much strike towards the end. Feels that there were enough runs on the board and they didn't have enough composure. Further says that if you can't defend 75 in the last four overs then he is not sure that they can defend even 100. Mentions that they can talk as much as they can but have to perform on the field. Signs off by believing that they can turn things around.
Coming to the bowling, well what can be said? The spin duo of Pawan Negi and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled really well. The same can be said to some extent for Navdeep Saini as well but the rest of the bowlers were ripped apart. In the end, the Men in Purple coasted to an incredible win, snatching it from the jaws of defeat. Unbelievable hitting witnessed but one has to feel for Virat Kohli and co. who certainly have nothing going their way this year so far. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony!
The chase started off not on the best of notes for the away side as they lost Sunil Narine early in the innings. The duo of Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn then joined hands and had a good stand of 65 runs before they were separated. Thereafter, the Bangalore tweakers kept plugging away and picked wickets at decent intervals to keep their team in front. All this lasted only till the end of the 17th over though. Siraj was taken off post bowling a second beamer and the momentum that Kolkata garnered from there on was never lost. They ended up on the right side of the result and ensured the hosts remained winless in the 5 games played.
Bangalore have just been shocked here. There are no words to describe the class and the power of Andre Russell. With 53 runs needed in the last 18 balls, the hosts were certainly the favorites but Andre Russell made a scintillating 13-ball 48 which helped Kolkata win with 5 balls left. What a magnificent show of power-hitting we have witnessed.
P Negi to S Gill, KOLKATA WIN BY 5 WICKETS! The match is calmly finished by Shubman Gill. No heroics. He patiently turns a delivery off his pads towards short fine leg for the winning run. Hard to believe, the visitors have managed to scale the target with 5 balls to go. Brutal batting. Making impossible, possible - Andre Russell.
END OF OVER: 19 | 29 Runs 0 Wkt | KKR: 205/5
52 runs in the last two overs and Andre Russell has made a complete mockery off Bangalore's bowling. One more needed.
Tim Southee to A Russell, SIX! Is this even real? Another six! Just another day for Russell in the park? A full length ball outside off, Andre hits it over long off and sends the ball sailing into the stands. 1 run needed off 6 balls. 29 runs off this one, 23 off the previous over. Bangalore have been stunned!
Tim Southee to A Russell, FOUR! What a shot! A bouncer on middle, Russell waits for a bit and then ramps it over the head of the keeper. The ball is not going to be stopped. 7 off 7, Kolkata running away with the game here!
Tim Southee to A Russell, SIX! This man is making a mockery of the chase! Around the wicket this time, low full toss on middle, Russell smashes this one over wide long on. No stopping this guy. This is just striking of the greatest quality. Just 11 off 8 needed now.
Tim Southee to A Russell, SIX! Another six, this time is it just over the rope at third man. A short ball wide outside off, Russell backs away and cuts it over backward point. The ball flies just over the rope. The crowd has gone silent here!
Tim Southee to A Russell, SIX! Into the stands! The length ball again, this time from the Kiwi! Russell clears his front leg and hits the ball way over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. 23 off 10, Kolkata look the favourites now with the way things are going!
Tim Southee to S Gill, Slower ball outside off, Shubhman Gill hits it in the air towards long on. The ball goes on a few bounces to the fielder. Single taken, Russell back on strike.
END OF OVER: 18 | 23 Runs 0 Wkt | KKR: 176/5
Tim Southee will bowl the penultimate over of the game. 30 off 12 is the equation!
M Stoinis to S Gill, Slower one, on a length around middle, Gill forces it down to long on for one. 23 from the over, 30 needed off 12 balls. Going right down to the wire, this run chase.
M Stoinis to A Russell, Chases a short ball wide outside off and slaps it to deep point for a run.
M Stoinis to A Russell, Wide! Russell is smart also. It's not all about throwing his bat at the ball. This one is outside off, just outside the tramline, Russell picks it and makes a leave.
M Stoinis to A Russell, SIX! Over long off this time! Russell has unleashed. A fuller length ball outside off, the West Indian pounces onto it and hoists it over the fence. Into the crowd. The Aussie under immense pressure. He was not supposed to bowl this over and it seems that he isn't well warmed up. Well, shots like these will surely warm up the batsman.
M Stoinis to A Russell, SIX! Effortless hitting! Stoinis delivers a short ball outside off, gentle pace really, Russell shows his brute power there and spanks it over long on. Is this the momentum shift?
Marcus Stoinis is called on to bowl now... the ball is also a Free Hit!