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IPL 2018, Match 3: Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kolkata Knight Riders opened their campaign with a win as the hosts defeated a Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens.

India TV Sports Desk [ Published on: April 09, 2018 0:20 IST ]
  • Kolkata Knight Riders rode on impressive knocks by captain Dinesh Karthik (35*) and opener Sunil Narine (50) to start their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 campaign with a four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Eden Gardens on Sunday. With this victory, KKR's newly-elected skipper gave the two-time champions a bright beginning in the post-Gautam Gambhir era. 
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    Kolkata Knight Riders rode on impressive knocks by captain Dinesh Karthik (35*) and opener Sunil Narine (50) to start their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 campaign with a four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Eden Gardens on Sunday. With this victory, KKR's newly-elected skipper gave the two-time champions a bright beginning in the post-Gautam Gambhir era. 

  • With de Villiers blazing all guns at one point their run graph was looking past 200 but part-time off-spinner Rana produced twin dismissals in two balls -- De Villiers and Kohli -- to reduce RCB for 127/4 in 14.2 overs.
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    With de Villiers blazing all guns at one point their run graph was looking past 200 but part-time off-spinner Rana produced twin dismissals in two balls -- De Villiers and Kohli -- to reduce RCB for 127/4 in 14.2 overs.

  • Credit to Vinay Kumar, who scalped two wickets of his last two deliveries to pull things back a bit. Bowling with a remodelled action after his latest call of suspect action in the Pakistan Super League last month, Sunil Narine returned with 1/30 while fellow mate Andre Russell conceded 10 runs from two overs.
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    Credit to Vinay Kumar, who scalped two wickets of his last two deliveries to pull things back a bit. Bowling with a remodelled action after his latest call of suspect action in the Pakistan Super League last month, Sunil Narine returned with 1/30 while fellow mate Andre Russell conceded 10 runs from two overs.

  •  Sunil Narine gave Kolkata Knight Riders a flying start with a 19-ball 50 and Nitish Rana (34) and new skipper Dinesh Karthik (35 not out) scored crucial knocks as KKR overhauled the target with 7 balls to spare.
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     Sunil Narine gave Kolkata Knight Riders a flying start with a 19-ball 50 and Nitish Rana (34) and new skipper Dinesh Karthik (35 not out) scored crucial knocks as KKR overhauled the target with 7 balls to spare.

  • England pacer Chris Woakes was the most successful bowler for Virat Kohli-led RCB as he claimed three wickets, while Umesh Yadav and Washington Sundar chipped in with two and one wickets respectively.
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    England pacer Chris Woakes was the most successful bowler for Virat Kohli-led RCB as he claimed three wickets, while Umesh Yadav and Washington Sundar chipped in with two and one wickets respectively.

  • Eventually, Narine and Karthik's knocks were enough for Kolkata to finish the job as the skipper ensured that the home fans went back home with a smile on their faces, especially their owner Shah Rukh Khan who was present with his daughter.
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    Eventually, Narine and Karthik's knocks were enough for Kolkata to finish the job as the skipper ensured that the home fans went back home with a smile on their faces, especially their owner Shah Rukh Khan who was present with his daughter.

  • Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan applauded and greeted the fans after the match at Eden Gardens. 
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    Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan applauded and greeted the fans after the match at Eden Gardens. 

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