West Indies all-rounder and KKR’s INR 12.5 crore worth IPL 2018 star Sunil Narine scored a quick-fire 50-run knock to help Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in their opening match for Indian Premier League’s 11th season, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday (April 8). However, it was not only Sunil Narine, but Nitish Rana and KKR captain Dinesh Karthik as well, who deserve the credit for the excellent win. One thing is for sure that Sunil Narine IPL 2018 campaign, Nitish Rana IPL 2018 campaign and Dinesh Karthik IPL 2018 campaign is going to be exceptional. For KKR vs RCB 2018 highlights and IPL 2018 Highlights KKR vs RCB, tune in to Rooter News.
After the visitor team, i.e. RCB scored 176 runs in 20 overs batting first, hosts KKR chased down the 177-run target with 7 balls remaining, with the help of Sunil Narine IPL 2018 performance, along with Nitish Rana IPL 2018 and Dinesh Karthik IPL 2018 performance. Dinesh Karthik, who was named the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, scored 35 not out off 29 balls and took the team home at 18.5 overs. Although Chris Woakes (3/36) and Umesh Yadav (2/27) took five KKR wickets collectively for RCB, the feat could not help the Virat Kohli-led team to put a lid on the runs. Let’s revisit the match and look at the main happenings of the KKR vs RCB 2018 highlights or IPL 2018 Highlights KKR vs RCB.
KKR vs RCB 2018 Highlights: KKR innings
Sunil Narine IPL 2018 campaign is going to be as impressive as was his previous IPL campaigns, as the 29-year-old gave his team (KKR) a fiery start in their chase, smashing Yuzvendra Chahal for a four and a six in first two balls of the innings. After his partner Chris Lynn was dismissed in the second over by Chris Woakes, Narine kept the scoring momentum running, and smacked Woakes and Washington Sundar in the fourth and fifth over, racing to fifty runs in just 17 balls.
However, the West Indian eventually gave in to a lethal Umesh Yadav, but set a perfect platform for KKR as they reached 68 runs with a loss of two by the end of Powerplay overs.
As reported by Firstpost, Sunil Narine, who was named the Man of the Match, said after the match was over, “It’s good to get the ball rolling in the first game. I wouldn’t see myself as opening batsmen. Whatever role the teams wants to play, I’m happy to do it. It’s a good cricket wicket, whatever you do on the field, it’s gonna benefit you.”
Coming to Nitish Rana IPL 2018 performance, the 24-year-old made sure that KKR’s run-rate remained high, as he started hitting big shots against Kulwant Khejroliya in the seventh over, sending the ball out for a six and a four. Returning to his duty, Umesh Yadav kept the pressure building for the batsmen and got Robin Uthappa’s wicket (13) in the eighth over. To make it a complete rollercoaster ride, Nitish Rana IPL 2018 performance and Dinesh Karthik IPL 2018 performance then took KKR closer to the target as they added 55 runs for the fourth wicket.
By the end of the 15th over, when Washington Sundar dismissed Nitish Rana (34 runs) via LBW, Kolkata Knight Riders were on 138/4, and were needing 39 more runs off 33 balls. Coming in next, Andre Russell hit two fours and a sixer off Umesh Yadav in the 17th over, and before falling victim to Chris Woakes, took down the requirement to 15 runs off 18 balls, making the IPL 2018 highlights KKR vs RCB all the more interesting to pursue.
It was then upto KKR captain Dinesh Karthik (35*) and tail-ender Vinay Kumar (6*) to finish the job for the team, and chase the 177-run target in only 18.5 overs.
KKR vs RCB 2018 Highlights: RCB innings
Earlier, part-time spinner Nitish Rana had taken two wickets in a thrilling one-over spell, before Mandeep Singh smashed an 18-ball 37-run knock to take RCB to 176/7.
To start things off, it was RCB opener Brendon McCullum who scored a 27-ball 43-run knock, which included six boundaries and two sixers, while AB de Villiers too made the Eden Gardens crowd jump from their seats through an exhilarating 23-ball 44-run knock (five sixes, one boundary). India and RCB team captain Virat Kohli scored 31 runs off 33 balls and left the crease for Mandeep Singh to step in and post up a challenging total on the board for KKR.
It was however, credit to Sunil Narine IPL 2018, Nitish Rana IPL 2018 and Dinesh Karthik IPL 2018 performances, that took KKR past RCB in their first clash of Indian Premier League 2018 season. For similar news and IPL 2018 highlights other than KKR vs RCB 2018 highlights or IPL 2018 Highlights KKR vs RCB, tune in to Rooter News.