KKR beat RCB with four wickets to spare

By Chitra Rangaraj Published on Apr 09, 2018 01:10 PM IST

Kolkata: The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) started their first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by four wickets at the Eden Gardens Sunday night. Opting to bowl, KKR made RCB set a target of 176-7.

Kolkata Knight Riders opened the game with Sunil Narine using just 17 ball to make 50 runs. KKR buckled for a brief while when they lost three middle-order wickets in a short span, but skipper Dinesh Karthik (35*) made things easy.

The outstanding performances for RCB were from AB de Villiers (44 from 23 balls) and Mandeep Singh. While de Villiers played some breathtaking strokes, Mandeep (37 from 18 balls - 4 fours, 2 sixes) took his team to a respectable total.

But the knock that had the biggest impact was that of Sunil Narine who scored 50 runs off 17 balls - with five sixes.

Earlier in the evening, Brendon McCullum collected boundaries off the first and sixth deliveries of the first over and in-between deposited the ball into the stands. He later collected a boundary and a six off Piyush Chawla and two boundaries off Mitchell Johnson to end his innings at 43 from 27 balls.

Nitish Rana, who had just four T20 wickets before the match, broke the backbone of RCB’s batting with two strikes off consecutive deliveries.

He first dismissed AB de Villiers – caught at the midwicket boundary, and the very next delivery castled Virat Kohli with the perfect yorker. Rana conceded five runs off the remaining three deliveries and finished with figures of 1-0-11-2.

Rana’s twin strikes derailed the RCB innings and possibly cost them about 20 crucial runs. Among the RCB bowlers, Umesh Yadav bowled impressively

Chris Woakes gave RCB their first breakthrough when he dismissed Chris Lynn in the second over of the innings. He gave away 24 runs in his first two overs, but also picked up the wicket of Rinku Singh. He accounted for the wicket of Russell to return figures of 4-0-36-3.

Scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 176-7 (AB de Villiers 44, Brendon McCullum 43, Mandeep Singh 37*, Nitish Rana 2-11)

lost to

Kolkata Knight Riders 177-6 in 18.5 overs (Sunil Narine 50, Dinesh Karthik 35*, Nitish Rana 34, Mark Wood 3-36, Umesh Yadav 2-27) by 4 wickets.

Man of the Match: Sunil Narine