Shardul Thakur smashed a counter-attacking half-century earlier than the spinners performed their half to perfection as Kolkata Knight Riders made a memorable homecoming with an 81-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore within the IPL at Eden Gardens on Thursday. KKR discovered themselves tottering for 89/5 earlier than Thakur led an outstanding restoration along with his 29-ball 68 to energy his workforce to 204/7 after RCB opted to bowl. Coming in at No 7, Thakur hammered the joint-fastest fifty of the season off 20 balls and shared an entertaining 103-run wicket partnership off 47 balls with Rinku Singh (46 off 33).
In reply, RCB did not final the space and folded up for 123 in 17.4 overs with the trio of Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and debutant Suyash Sharma sharing eight wickets between themselves.
It was KKR’s first win of the season. Thakur additionally took one wicket in his all-round present in KKR’s first house match after nearly 4 years.
RCB had been going nice weapons at 44 no loss in 25 balls in pursuit of the large chase earlier than the Sunil Narine triggered the collapse, foxing Virat Kohli (21; 18b) with a magnificence in his a hundred and fiftieth IPL match.
Chakravarthy then gave a double blow dismissing Glenn Maxwell (5) and Harshal Patel (0) in three balls earlier than ending with splendid figures of three.4-0-15-4.
Thereafter, it was 19-year-old leg-spinner Suyash Sharma (4-0-30-3) who made a dream debut after being included as an impression participant instead of Venkatesh Iyer.
The long-haired thriller spinner received two wickets in a single over to have KKR reeling at 86/8.
Suyash received his maiden wicket when he deceived Anju Rawat (1) with a tossed up supply and in area of three balls, he grabbed the prized-scalp of Dinesh Karthik (9) with a fuller supply.
Recent from his 82 not out towards Mumbai Indians, Kohli teed off in type, scoring a boundary off the primary ball of the innings towards Umesh Yadav.
At 42 for no loss, the RCB opening duo appeared set for one more simple chase when Narine triggered the collapse, cleansing up Kohli with a magnificence.
The star Indian fully missed the road because the ball sharply turned in to knock his stumps.
Earlier, David Willey (4-1-16-2) and Karn Sharma (3-0-26-2) took wickets off successive deliveries in powerplay and center overs respectively to provide RCB the preliminary edge.
Willey uncovered KKR’s fragile top-order, when the England leftarm pacer knocked over Venkatesh Iyer (3) and Mandeep Singh (0) off successive deliveries.
However RCB frittered away the beginning with Rahmanullah Gurbaz first taking the cost towards a wayward Akash Deep en path to his 44-ball 57, his maiden IPL fifty.
It turned from dangerous to worse for KKR when a reverse-sweeping Nitish Rana (1) received out following a superb evaluation from RCB within the very first ball after powerplay.
KKR appeared in hassle at 47/3 however Gurbaz led the cost towards the ‘native’ Bengal pacer Akash Deep, pulling him for a six earlier than amassing back-to-back boundaries.
Gurbaz took a evaluation to overturn an LBW resolution on 30 and raced to a 38-ball fifty with a robust sweep over lengthy leg boundary.
However RCB once more seized the momentum when the legspinner Sharma had Gurbaz and Russell off back-to-back deliveries within the twelfth over.
Thakur then took Akash Deep to cleaners in his knock studded with 9 fours and three sixes.
Aside from Willey (4-1-16-2), not one of the RCB bowlers did not impress and Akash Deep conceded 30 runs from his two overs. Siraj additionally appeared wayward and returned with 1/44 from his 4 overs. In addition they leaked 23 runs in extras.
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