Virat Kohli and team didn’t make it an easy sail for Kolkata Knight Riders during their chase of 139, but the two-time champions crossed the line in the last over of IPL 2021 Eliminator on Monday. The four-wicket defeat marked an end to Kohli’s long stint as the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain.
Kolkata Knight Riders needed 27 off the last five overs, after pinch hitter Sunil Narine had tonked Daniel Christian for three sixes in the 12th over. However, the seamers brought Royal Challengers Bangalore back in the contest to reduce the equation to 7 off 6.
Harshal Patel rounded off a highly impressive campaign with 2/19, which took his IPL 2021 wickets tally to 32, levelling with Dwayne Bravo’s record for most wickets in a single edition (2013). Siraj dismissed Narine and Dinesh Karthik in the 18th over and George Garton followed it up with a tight 19th.
Kohli captained RCB in 140 matches overall, which is second only to MS Dhoni's tally of 203. The team came closest to winning the title under him in 2016, when they were beaten by David Warner's Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final.
KKR will take on Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 at the same venue on Wednesday, October 13.
CHIN UP CHAMP!
Well what a game of cricket that was!— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) October 11, 2021
Sunil Narine’s evening. He’s won that game for KKR!
Gutted for @RCBTweets being knocked out the tournament in such a close game.
Kohli’s last game as captain as well,hold your head high skip😢
Back stronger next year#KKRvsRCB #ipl2021
Rcb out of ipl2021— Prashanth (@Prashan56678556) October 11, 2021
KKR won by 4 wickets
It's fell like a small dynamite 🧨 blast in heart it's feels very bad but i won't blame anybody it's our team they will bounce back🤩❤️❤️#kkrvsrcb #ipl#virat #abde #rcb pic.twitter.com/9SXBmYbBmI
END OF KOHLI ERA IN RCB!
It was the last time we saw Kohli donning the captain's hat in #IPL. However he will continue to provide his services to the #RCB team until his last IPL game. His reaction in post match presentation:#Kohli #RCBvKKR #KKRvsRCB pic.twitter.com/HuZZK8vYN4— All About Cricket (@AllAboutCricke8) October 11, 2021
The day when i realized..— रॉयल र. वि. माहौरिया Royal R. V. Mahoriya🇮🇳❤🦁🐿 (@RRV_Mahoriya) October 11, 2021
Hard work is not always important, sometimes luck is equally important...💔
Verna duniya ka sabse mahan batter bina trophy ke nhi rehta...
Why God why, you are so unfair for this man....🥲#RCBvsKKR #IPL2021 #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/3KNx5jWrFF
END OF AN ERA!
No matter what King will remain King! Adios skip @imVkohli 🌟! Would have love to see him lift the cup ! Best wishes for the #T20WorldCup2021 get this cup and sign off on a great note ! 🌟🥂🔥#Legend #IPL2O21 #KKRvRCB #KingKohli— Pinkal Vachhani (@pinkal08) October 11, 2021
So, this was his last match as #RCB captain....— ㉿@र्तिकेय 🖤🎩 (@ImKarteekey) October 11, 2021
Thank u for all the entertainment & memories Champ🙌❤️
Trophy, No Trophy.....Doesn't matter in the end for me.... Fan hu & hmesa rhunga 😙 Will support u always no matter what🙌@imVkohli#ViratKohli ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cjaSYDKJxk
YOU DESERVE BETTER!