IPL 2013: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Live IPL Score
Probably for the first time, Royal Challengers Bangalore sent out a message loud and clear – that they can win matches without relying on their explosive opener Chris Gayle.
With the Jamaican failing to whip up a storm against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, it was left to skipper Virat Kohli to carry the team on his shoulders, which he did with aplomb.
This victory adds a new dimension to RCB’s march as they face another stern test against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Wednesday.
Gayle’s miserable form (1 & 13) in the last two innings may have led to furrowed brows but the arrival of South African wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers and opener Mayank Agarwal’s quick-fire 20-ball 29 runs against Sunrisers have come as positive notes as they take on KKR’s bowling stalwarts Brett Lee, Laxmipathy Balaji, Rajat Bhatia, Jacques Kallis and of course, mystery spinner Sunil Narine.
T20 is a lot about taking the winning momentum forward and RCB’s performance against Sunrisers would have made KKR sit up and take notice of Kohli’s boys and their potential.
Comparatively, KKR’s loss against Rajasthan Royals on Monday would have hurt a bit and they would be hoping that their batsmen – especially Kallis, Yusuf Pathan and Manvinder Bisla – would persevere much like Eoin Morgan did against Royals.
The three-day break that they got would have been hugely welcome and skipper Gautam Gambhir will hope the rest has done enough to rejuvenate the team.