KKR ended up winning a thriller by 4 wickets against RCB in the eliminator with the help of Sunil Narine’s terrific all-round show. Initially, after winning the toss, RCB opted to bat first and posted an ordinary total of 138/7. Bangalore batsmen had no answers for Sunil Narine’s mystery spin and he ended up with impressive bowling figures of 4/21 (in 4 overs). RCB started off well initially in the powerplay overs but as game progressed, they lost momentum with bat.
Chasing this total, KKR started strongly in power-play overs. Again in the middle overs, they lost some momentum but Sunil Narine’s 3 sixes off Dan Christian over helped KKR’s cause. In the end overs, when KKR looked like choking the match, Shakib Al Hasan and Eoin Morgan sealed the match for them with 4 wickets in hand.
Numbers and Stats from RCB vs KKR game:
8 – Sunil Narine has taken 8 four-wicket haul in IPL.
Most four-wicket hauls in IPL history:
Sunil Narine – 8
Lasith Malinga – 7
Amit Mishra – 5
39 – Virat Kohli scored 39 (33) vs KKR, in his last match as captain in IPL. Coincidentally, life has come full circle for Virat Kohli as he smashed 39*(34) in his 1st match as captain in IPL as well.
12 – Sunil Narine has won most MoM (12) for KKR in IPL history.
Most MoM for KKR in IPL history:
Sunil Narine – 12
Andre Russell – 11
Gautam Gambhir – 10
32 – Harshal Patel completed the IPL 2021 season with 32 wickets, which is joint-most for any player in an IPL season.
Most wickets for any player in an IPL season:
Harshal Patel – 32 wickets in 2021 for RCB
Dwayne Bravo – 32 wickets in 2013 for CSK
Kagiso Rabada – 30 wickets in 2020 for DC
3 – KKR have become the first team to win 3 eliminator games in the IPL history.
Most wins in IPL Eliminator games:
KKR – 3 (2017, 2018, 2021)
CSK – 2 (2012, 2014)
SRH – 2 (2016, 2020)
42 – Yuzvendra Chahal has joint-most IPL wickets with Jasprit Bumrah in UAE venue.