Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 81 runs in yesterday’s (April 6) Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Despatched into bat after shedding the toss, Kolkata recovered from a horror begin to submit 204/7 as Shardul Thakur slammed 68 off solely 29 balls. Varun Chakravarthy (4/15) then shone with the ball as RCB had been restricted to 123 in 17.4 overs.
KKR acquired off to a poor begin with the bat as David Willey cleaned up Venkatesh Iyer (three) and Mandeep Singh (0) off consecutive deliveries within the fourth over. Kolkata skipper Nitish Rana additionally fell cheaply. He gloved a reverse sweep off Michael Bracewell to the keeper having made just one.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz stored the runs coming from one finish. He reached a high-quality half-century in fashion, sweeping Karn Sharma for a most. His innings ended when he reverse-swept the leg-spinner to quick third man. Andre Russell’s (0) keep lasted only one ball as he miscued an enormous hit.
Thakur, nonetheless, performed a splendid knock to place KKR on prime. He struck three fours and a six in his first eight balls, racing away to 21. Within the fifteenth over, he took on Michael Bracewell and clubbed him for consecutive sixes. Thakur reached his fifty off 20 balls by pulling Harshal Patel for a boundary.
A number of extra large hits adopted earlier than he was dismissed within the final over, making an attempt to tackle Mohammed Siraj. On the different finish, Rinku Singh additionally performed a high-quality hand of 46. The duo added 103 for the sixth wicket to elevate KKR from a precarious 89/5.
Varun Chakravarthy spins out RCB
Chasing 205, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis gave RCB early hope, including 44 in fast time. Nevertheless, as soon as the opening stand was damaged, Bangalore crumbled in a stunning trend.
Kohli (21 off 18) was the primary to go, cleaned up by Sunil Narine as he regarded to play throughout the road. Du Plessis (23 off 12) additionally fell within the subsequent over, bowled by Chakravarthy. The KKR spinner stored hitting the stumps, dismissing Glenn Maxwell (5) and Harshal Patel (0), promoted within the batting order, in a single over.
RCB had misplaced half their aspect for 61 when Shahbaz Ahmed (one) reverse-swept Narine straight to deep level. Younger leg-spinner Suyash Sharma, who was introduced in because the influence participant, then helped himself to 3 wickets as Bangalore stored shedding wickets.
Willey (20*) and Akash Deep (17) ensured RCB not less than crossed the 120-mark, however the match was clearly dominated by KKR.
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Kolkata opener Gurbaz scored a powerful half-century, whereas Rinku contributed a defiant 46. Thakur performed a spectacular knock, slamming 9 fours and three sixes in his 29-ball 68. He additionally picked up the wicket of Bracewell.
With the ball, Chakravarthy was excellent as he registered a four-wicket haul. Narine (2/16) and Suyash (3/30) additionally made an influence.
For RCB, Willey claimed 2/16 in his 4 overs and scored an unbeaten 20.
Thakur was named Participant of the Match for his unbelievable innings that got here when his crew was in a determined scenario.
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Edited by Renin Wilben Albert