File photograph of Sunil Gavaskar.© AFP
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 was witness to an entertaining match on Thursday as Kolkata Knight Riders clashed towards Royal Challengers Bangalore on the Eden Gardens. Giong into the match, the percentages had been in favour of the Faf du Plessis-led RCB as that they had overwhelmed Mumbai Indians of their first match. KKR, alternatively, had been coming into the match after a loss to Punjab Kings. Nonetheless what occurred, was the precise reverse. Batting first KKR notched an enormous complete of 204/7 regardless of being 89/5 at one stage. Although a lot was anticipated from RCB’s chase, KKR spinners struck at common intervals as RCB misplaced the match by large margin.
Nonetheless, one KKR batter who got here beneath fireplace was Mandeep Singh. The No. 3 KKR batter did not go away a giant mark as he was dismissed for a duck. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was not impressed as Mandeep has not been in a position to carry out in accordance expectations prior to now IPLs too.
“He finds a franchise each time however he hasn’t accomplished a lot,” Sunil Gavaskar stated in regards to the KKR batter.
Speaking in regards to the match, Rahmanullah Gurbaz stood tall amid the ruins with a maiden IPL fifty earlier than Shardul Thakur’s counter-attacking 68 from 29 balls propelled Kolkata Knight Riders to an imposing 204 for seven towards Royal Challengers Bangalore right here on Thursday.
On a day explosive KKR batter Andre Russell fell for a golden duck, Gurbaz (57; 44b) laid the muse earlier than Thakur confirmed his mettle as a powerhitter to take them previous 200-mark after RCB opted to bowl.
First, it was the Afghanistan recruit who revived their fortunes from a sloppy begin, earlier than Thakur got here in at No 7 to present the staff a remaining flourish in an entertaining 103-run (47b) sixth wicket partnership with Rinku Singh (46; 33b).
With PTI inputs
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