October 12, 2020 10:40:30 pm
The Indian Premier League contest between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday bore witness to some beautiful batsmanship and history. While on one hand, RCB’s AB de Villiers smashed 73 not out off simply 33 balls, alternatively, KKR’s Andre Russell reached 300 T20 wickets (in his 337th T20 look ) after getting rid off RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal.
Russell grew to become the third West Indian bowler to achieve this mark behind Dwayne Bravo (509), Sunil Narine (390). He can also be the 10th participant to attain this feat. Imran Tahir (380), Sohail Tanvir (362), Shakib-Al-Hasan (354), Shahid Afridi (339), Rashid Khan (317) and Wahab Riaz (304) are a few of the different names to characteristic on this elusive checklist.
Earlier, AB de Villiers smashed 73 not out off simply 33 balls in an impressive batting show to energy Bangalore to 194/2.
De Villiers seemed easy find the gaps, smashing six sixes and 5 fours within the firm of skipper Virat Kohli (33 not out off 28 balls) because the duo put collectively an unbroken third wicket stand of 100 runs from 7.four overs to take the workforce out of a middle-over muddle.
On a pitch that was slowing down, spinner Varun Chakravarthy bowled a tidy 0/25 from 4 overs, whereas younger pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti (0/36 from 4 overs) cleverly combined up his deliveries with cutters to place brakes on RCB halfway their innings.
Opener Aaron Finch (47 from 37 balls) seemed sluggish within the center and struggled to search out boundaries earlier than being castled by Prasidh Krishna.
With boundaries drying up, De Villiers unleashed his array of photographs towards a disciplined Nagarkoti, smashing him for consecutive sixes, over midwicket, one in every of which hit a operating automotive.
The South African raced to his fifty in 23 balls as KKR cruised to 83 runs from the final 5 overs to prop up the full.