Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) succumbed to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Match No. 27 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at Kolkata on Sunday. In desperate need of a win, RCB faced the wrath of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Co., who ran past their much illustrated batting line-up. Chasing only 132 runs to win, Coulter-Nile along with Umesh Yadav downed the visitors to 24 for 4, before Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme cleaning up the remaining batting line-up. Woakes, who returned with figures of 3 for 6 spoke in length about the game in general to IPLT20.com after the match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 10, Match 27
Speaking about KKR’s win, Woakes opined, “Yeah, unbelievable win, I think when you.. at half time we obviously were well below par, we thought it was. But then again a great opening spell brought us back in the game. Coult and Umesh at the other end, get their big three dogs at the top. You know we got a chance. So yeah it’s a great win. Very very pleased.”
Waokes spoke how wonderful it was seeing Coulter-Nile exhibit his bowling skills in the middle. “Well, you could tell that he [Coulter-Nile] is in good rhythm, hitting the pitch very hard and obviously moving the ball around. You got the ball swinging. I suppose getting Virat first ball, boosted his confidence. And since then on I suppose you just hit your areas and hopefully wickets come but you know watching him it was a great opening spell of T20 bowling,” Woakes stated.
Woakes, who got Chris Gayle’s wicket, said that his heart wasn’t pounding when Coulter-Nile took the catch. “Ah, my heart wasn’t pounding, I am surely his might have been. Ah, no he’s got safe pair of hands so you know I was hoping 99 per cent he was going to take it,” Woakes explained.
“Yeah, it definitely offered little bit to the seamers. I think probably the first time since we ‘been here. It offered good pace and carry. The ball swung a bit at the start which obviously helped but still got to put the ball in the right areas,” Woakes concluded speaking about playing at Eden Gardens pitch last evening.