RCB pull off excellent chase in short game


The Royal Challengers Bangalore needed to go at more than 11 to the over from the start to reach their target against the Kolkata Knight Riders, needing 112 in 10 overs, and they managed to win by seven wickets.

Heavy rain reduced the game to 10 overs per side, and Kolkata put up a demanding 111 for four thanks to Andre Russell's 45. Ironically, he bowled the final over, with RCB needing 11 to win, and they got there thanks to Mandeep Singh's 45 not out.

Bangalore won the toss and chose to field in soggy conditions, hoping their bowlers would be able to keep the score down. Kolkata got off to a good start though, scoring 33 runs for the first wicket inside four overs.

Once Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa were removed, it was all up to Russell. he top scored with his 45, making them off 17 balls and including three sixes. He was run out in the ninth over though, which proved crucial.

The chase got off to flyer as Chris Gayle made 21 off nine balls and Virat Kohli smacked 34 off 20 balls. There was a bit of panic when they were out and AB de Villiers followed for just two, and suddenly it seemed Kolkata's game.

But Mandeep was not to be denied, and he kept his eye on the prize, hitting four fours and three sixes to ensure a gettable final over. Russell was tasked with it, and Mandeep hit two of his sixes to secure the win.