TATA IPL 2023 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Report: This is only the third win for Kolkata Knight Riders this season, while Bangalore has suffered its fourth defeat.
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Bangalore: Kolkata Knight Riders have finally tasted victory, maintaining their spirits even after four consecutive defeats. KKR, captained by Nitish Rana, defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore for the second time this season. After the explosive innings of Jason Roy and Nitish, KKR won by 21 runs on the basis of the spin of Suyash Sharma and Varun Chakraborty. With this, Bangalore has faced defeat after two consecutive wins.
Captain Virat Kohli and Faf Duplesey made an explosive start for Bangalore, scoring 30 runs in just 2 overs. Kolkata captain Nitish Rana’s bet worked here. He put young leg-spinner Suyash Sharma on the attack in the third over itself and Suyash took the wicket of Duplesey as soon as he arrived. In his next over, Suyyash also piled on Shahbaz Ahmed.
Kohli-Lomrod raised hopes
Glenn Maxwell, who has been playing explosive innings continuously, also became a victim of Varun Chakraborty again. Due to this, the speed of Virat Kohli, who was scoring fast runs, also stopped. However, Mahipal Lomrod supported Kohli well and saved the team from going astray by hitting some big shots. There was a partnership of 55 runs between the two.
However, both the pavilions returned in consecutive overs. Kohli’s wicket was the most important in this, who scored his fifth half-century at the same time. In the 13th over, Kohli hit a tremendous pull shot on Andre Russell’s first ball, but Venkatesh Iyer took a tremendous catch at the boundary. From here the defeat of Bangalore was confirmed. There were some expectations from Dinesh Karthik but he too could not do anything and Bangalore scored only 180 runs losing 8 wickets.
RCB stunned by Roy’s blast
Kolkata Knight Riders made such a start in this match, for which they were yearning for the last 7 matches. On the basis of the explosive batting of Jason Roy, the team scored 66 runs without losing any wicket in the powerplay. In this, Roy also hit 4 sixes in a single over. Roy completed his second consecutive half-century in 22 balls. Roy and Narayan Jagadishan shared an 83-run partnership for the first wicket. However, Vijaykumar Vaishak brought back Bangalore by dismissing both in the 10th over.
RCB got punished for mistakes
Bangalore’s position would have been better if they had fielded better. Bangalore’s fielders gave life to Nitish Rana twice (5 runs, 19 runs) and the KKR captain took full advantage of it. He scored 48 runs in just 21 balls and shared an excellent partnership of 80 runs with Venkatesh Iyer.
Vanindu Hasaranga made both his victims in the 18th over. However, in the 19th and 20th overs, Rinku Singh and David Visa scored 30 runs to take the team to 200 for 5 wickets. Vaishak and Hasranga were the most successful bowlers for Bangalore, while Mohammad Siraj got one wicket.