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Black Cap Tim Southee bowls costly over as Royal Challengers Bangalore lose again

Black Cap Tim Southee bowls costly over as Royal Challengers Bangalore lose again

KKR needed 67 from 26 balls when the Jamaican walked out to bat.

His knock comprised seven sixes and one four. The duo added a fantastic 64 runs for the first wicket before Nitish Rana bagging the wicket of Parthiv Patel. While Virat was the aggressive of the two openers, Parthiv did his bit by rotating the strike while also finding the occasional boundary.

However, his whirlwind knock made the task of 53 runs from the final three overs a breeze, with the five-wicket triumph lifting Kolkata up to second on the table. Both teams gave opportunities. A six over long-on followed in the next legitimate ball and the next ball sailed over long-off - Russell had changed the equation to 30 runs off 12 balls.

Andre Russell smashed an unbeaten 48 off 13 balls to script a memorable win for KKR.

Virat dazzled with a mixture of fluent drives through cover, straight down the ground, flicks off the pad and delectable late cuts. "Yeah, it was hard to play strokes against spinners with the ball gripping but was easier against the fast bowlers", he gushed. Little did they know it would desert them so close to a victory. Till Kuldeep Yadav burnt his palm to hold on to a shot hit at him with full force by Kohli, KKR were doomed to lose at halfway.

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At the other end, de Villiers (63 from 32 balls) muscled the ball.

The RCB skipper hit some attractive cover drives early on and his innings comprised nine fours and two sixes. Kohli was truer to his style - only eight boundaries and two sixes in his 84 - and, together, they were the relentless force that gives Royal Challengers the batting reputation that they have. Chris Lynn made 43 at the top of the order and there were also contributions from Robin Uthappa (33) and Nitish Rana (37), though the Royal Challengers appeared to be in control until the game came to a dramatic - and hasty - conclusion.

The only bowler who has mastered the conditions and the short boundaries at the Chinnaswamy Stadium - Yuzvendra Chahal - once again delivered the goods for RCB. All was over for RCB in the next over from Tim Southee - brought in place of Shimron Hetmyer - as Russell carted him for 29 runs in the most belligerent batting witnessed so far in the season. Chahal bowled the sixth and eighth overs, and was then called on to bowl the fourteenth and sixteenth overs. The left-arm spinner bowled at the right pace to get purchase off the track.

At the post-match presentation ceremony, Russell himself admitted that no ground is big enough for him. The spectacular Kohli-De Villiers show earlier was not enough to stop KKR. In an innings where over 200 runs were scored, Narine and Kuldeep finished with economy rates of 7.50 and 7.75 respectively.

Andre Russell's power-packed inning of 49 runs off 13 balls ensured the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) remains victory-less for the 5th match in a row.

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