Kolkata thrashed Bangalore by nine wickets in match 31 of Indian T20 League 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday, September 20.
Electing to bat first, Bangalore lost wickets at regular intervals as they were bowled out for just 92. Spinner Varun Chakravarthy and all-rounder Andre Russell were the wrecker-in-chief for the two-time Indian T20 League champions as they bagged three wickets each.
In reply, Kolkata rode on Shubman Gill (48) and debutant Venkatesh Iyer's (41 not out) 82-run opening partnership to record their biggest win in terms of wickets against Bangalore.
Here's what happened during the match.
That's a winning a start for Kolkata in UAE!
10:20 PM IST: And, that's the winning runs by debutant Venkatesh Iyer. Kolkata were clinical throughout the day as they thrash Bangalore by nine wickets.
Winning with most balls to spare in Indian T20 League
87 Mumbai v Kolkata, Mumbai 2008
76 Kochi v Rajasthan, Indore 2011
73 Punjab v Delhi, Mohali, 2017
71 Bangalore v Punjab, Indore 2018
60 Kolkata v Bangalore, Abu Dhabi 2021
Finally! Bangalore break the opening partnership
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has given the much-needed breakthrough for Bangalore as Shubman Gill departs for 48. Kolkata 82/1 in 9.1 overs.
End of powerplay! Kolkata reach 50 with ease
Kolkata are in command of the contest against Bangalore, operating with a run rate of 9.33.
A strategic time-out is called in by the umpire, following the end of the powerplay.
Kolkata 56/0 in 6 overs.
Kolkata begin run-chase with 10 runs
Kolkata, chasing a target of 93, make a quick start with 10 runs off the first over.
Opener Venkatesh Iyer smacked back-to-back boundaries off the fourth and fifth delivery to get the pressure off Kolkata.
Kolkata 10/0 in 1 over.
Lowest totals for Bangalore in the Indian T20 League
49 vs Kolkata - 2017
70 vs Rajasthan - 2014
70 vs Chennai - 2019
82 vs Kolkata - 2008
87 vs Chennai - 2009
92 vs Kolkata - 2021*
Bangalore finish innings at 92 all out
Andre Russell pulls down the curtains on Bangalore's miserable outing at the Dubai International Stadium, picking up his third wicket of the night to bowl out the Virat Kohli-led side for 92.
Can Kolkata secure a win in style? Stay tuned....
OUT!!! Lockie on fire, removes Harshal
9:04 PM IST: Another beauty from Kolkata pacer Lockie Ferguson as he bags his second wicket with a slower ball to remove Harshal Patel for 12. Bangalore 83/9 in 16.3 overs.