KKR win Sharjah thriller by 2 runs

April 25, 2014 - 10:18:40 am
Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore is hit on the face by the ball while trying to stop it in his team’s IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah yesterday. KKR won by 2 runs.

SHARJAH: A great catch from Chris Lynn in the last over and some good bowling helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 2 runs in a last-ball thriller at Sharjah.

Star RCB batsman Yuvraj Singh once again struggled in a run chase, scoring 31 from 34 balls and failed to get the boundaries when it mattered. It brought back memories of his poor knock in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka when he faced a lot of criticism.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli said: “We lost the game more than KKR won it.”

Vinay Kumar held his nerve in the closing stages to take two for 26 while Jacques Kallis made a good contribution to take one for 26. Earlier, Kolkata recovered to score 150 for seven after Varun Aaron’s three-wicket burst. 

Sent into bat, Kolkata were off to another disastrous start, losing skipper Gautam Gambhir for a duck for the third successive time in the ongoing seventh edition of the cash-rich event. An 80-run second-wicket partnership between Kallis and Lynn ensued, before three quick wickets pegged the former champions back.