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The Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for the lowest score in Indian Premier League (IPL) history as they were skittled out for 49 in their 82-run loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Being put in to bat first, the Knight Riders got off to a scorching start courtesy of opening batsman Sunil Narine.
Even after captain Gautam Gambhir was dismissed for 14, Narine continued to take the attack to the Royal Challengers’ bowling attack.
However, his entertaining innings came to an end when he was removed by Stuart Binny for a 17-ball 34.
Following Narine’s dismissal, the Knight Riders began to collapse as they went from 65/2 to being reduced to 93/6 in the 12th over.
Chris Woakes stemmed the bleeding temporarily with his knock of 18, but once he was gone, the Knight Riders continued to crumble and were eventually bundled out for 131.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Tymal Mills and Pawan Negi snapped up two wickets apiece. Meanwhile, Binny, Samuel Badree and Sreenath Aravind chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 132 to win, the Royal Challengers were dealt a major blow on the third ball of their innings as captain Virat Kohli was sent packing by Nathan Coulter-Nile for a golden duck.
Once Kohli was gone, things only continued to go downhill for the Royal Challengers as they seemed to have no answer on how to play the Knight Riders’ bowling attack.
For the first time in the history of the IPL, none of the batsmen were able to reach double figures as the Royal Challengers were skittled out for a humiliating 49.
Coulter-Nile, Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme took three wickets apiece, while Umesh Yadav claimed one.
Coulter-Nile was named Man of the Match.