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IPL 2021: The dream of Royal Challengers Bangalore to the IPL title has broken, after Sunil Narine's all-around performance of 26 runs in 15 balls and taking four wickets helped Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in the IPL Eliminator on Monday. KKR first restricted RCB to 138 for seven. This was followed by a win with two balls and four wickets remaining. They will now face Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier on Wednesday, who was defeated by Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier.
Narine took four important wickets in the match and played a crucial inning of 26 runs. On the basis of his best performance, Naren got the title of Player of the Match. He said, "It always feels good when you do well and win a team match. I always want to contribute to the team. I thank God whose grace made it possible. Today all the players performed well. With my new action, I am far from being the old Sunil Narine. I will keep working and getting better. I want to control the game with the ball. I would like to continue this performance in both the matches to come."
Kohli's team, who was relinquishing the captaincy of RCB after this season, went off with a defeat despite a good show throughout the season. He said, "In the middle over’s when their spinners kept us pressed and took wickets, it was the difference between victory and defeat in the end. In the end, it came down to the bowling. We could have made our good start into a big total which didn't happen. We bowled well throughout the season and that one over in the middle made the match difficult. We scored 15 runs short and those expensive over’s bowled took the match out of our hands. Sunil, Shakib and Varun put pressure on us and not allowed to score runs."
💬 💬 I've given my 120% to this franchise leading the team & will continue to do so as a player. 👏 👏@imVkohli reflects on his journey as @RCBTweets captain. #VIVOIPL | #Eliminator | #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/XkIXfYZMAj— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 11, 2021
Kohli further said, "As the captain of this team, I have tried to create an environment where young players can express themselves. I have given my 120 percent every year for this team and going forward as a player. But I will keep doing it. We will continue our good work and build a good team in the years to come. Like I said earlier I can't see myself playing for any other team and I will say the same today. Loyalty rests for me matters more than everything else."
KKR captain Eoin Morgan, elated with the 4-wicket win, said, "Naren bowled well. We came back well after things didn't go our way in the powerplay. We always kept our grip on the match in the second innings, which It worked for us. I'm very fortunate to have three world-class spin bowlers on our side. The way the pitch was playing, we knew we needed depth to bat. For us to see the pitch in the next match as well, watch our game. Will need to adapt. The consistency we have shown has surprised everyone. The players have shown confidence in the second leg and have done well."