Chasing 151, RCB fell short after an airborne Chris Lynn, who had earlier smashed a 31-ball 45, stretched his body backwards at the deep midwicket fence to pull off a blinder and send back dangerman A B de Villiers. Sent into bat, Kolkata Kinght Riders were off to another disastrous, losing skipper Gautam Gambhir for duck for the third straight time in the ongoing seventh edition of the cash-rich event. Teams (from): (Agencies)
Needing nine off the last over, RCB could manage only seven, thanks largely to R Vinay Kumar's superb bowling besides Lynn's catch.
Chasing on a good batting surface, Bangalore were off to a blazing start with Yogesh Takawale (40) and Parthiv Patel (21) dealing in boundaries.
Takawale was the more aggressive of the two as he launched into a flurry of boundaries, picking KKR pace spearhead Morne Morkel for special treatment.
Of his eight boundaries, six came when the 29-year-old Takawale was up against Morkel, helping his side reach 50 in just 37 balls.
In between, hoping for a breakthrough, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir handed over the ball to Sunil Narine, but took him off after a very economical first over, preferring to keep his most important bowler for the latter overs.
However, after settling in nicely, Takawale was trapped in front of the wicket by Jacques Kallis. He needed just 28 balls to score his runs.
Captain Virat Kohli (31) walked in but even before he could get his eye in, Patel was making his way back to the dressing room, as his leading edge popped up for Chris Lynn at cover.
This brought Yuvraj Singh (31) into the middle and the two experienced players went about the task in a calculated manner.
An 80-run second-wicket partnership between Kallis and Lynn ensued, before three quick wickets pegged the former champions back.
Robin Uthappa (22) boosted KKR's run rate with a couple of sixes, but could not last till the end. It was then left to Suryakumar Yadav (24 not out) to take KKR to a decent total.
The only difference with Gambhir's dismissal this time around was that he was out for a golden duck, trapped in front of the wicket by a fast and full Mitchell Starc delivery off the third ball of the innings.
Albie Morkel struck in the next over as Manish Pandey's leading edge was easily taken by Virat Kohli at point, leaving KKR struggling at 10 for two in the second over.
When the 24-year-old Lynn walked into bat, KKR were in a spot of bother, but that did not show in the manner the Aussie straightaway went about his task.
RCB's move to introduce Muttiah Muralitharan into the attack in the seventh over backfired, as the Sri Lankan veteran was smashed for two sixes by Lynn in his first over.
Kallis swept Muralitharan over deep square leg after Lynn whacked Yuzvendra Chahal for a maximum over deep midwicket, where Starc completed the catch only to touch the ropes.
The association was brought to an end after Aaron's re-introduction. With the spinners going for runs, bringing back the pacer proved to be a successful move. Lynn's flat-batted hit failed to clear A B de Villiers at long-off.
Lynn struck three sixes and as many fours in his 31-ball knock at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Next man-in Yusuf Pathan lacked discretion, evidenced by his irresponsible shot off only the second ball he had faced. The result was a simple catch for Kohli at mid-off, the successful bowler being Aaron.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj Singh, A B de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Ashok Dinda, Yogesh Takawale, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron, Muttiah Muralitharan
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, R Vinay Kumar, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav.
Chasing 151, RCB fell short after an airborne Chris Lynn, who had earlier smashed a 31-ball 45, stretched his body backwards at the deep midwicket fence to pull off a blinder and send back dangerman A B de Villiers.
Sent into bat, Kolkata Kinght Riders were off to another disastrous, losing skipper Gautam Gambhir for duck for the third straight time in the ongoing seventh edition of the cash-rich event.