At Eden, KKR hands RCB a one-run defeat.

At Eden, KKR hands RCB a one-run defeat.

Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bengaluru by one run at Eden Gardens on Sunday (April 21) in a thrilling match that featured plenty of scoring throughout.

Chase a massive 223 at one point thanks to fifty-plus scores from Will Jacks and Rajat Patidar, but Andre Russell removed them both in the same over to turn the game around. Dinesh Karthik helped RCB stay in the hunt, and Karn Sharma’s late cameo nearly made the difference. Mitchell Starc bowled a wide yorker with three needed off the final ball, and Phil Salt performed an incredible run out to capture Lockie Ferguson well short of the second run, giving KKR a vital two points.

KKR scorch through Salt

After being sent in by Faf du Plessis on what appeared to be a dry surface earlier in the afternoon, it was business as usual for the Knight Riders with the bat. For once, Sunil Narine was unable to get going as the RCB executed their yorkers and wide line plans exactly at him, but he was unable to do the same to his partner. Salt made sure that KKR added another exciting PowerPlay score to their record with a 14-ball 48.

RCB responded with taking wickets.

Yash Dayal ended Narine’s rough innings with a misleading slower ball that was mishandled to long-off. After that, Salt went deep mid-wicket and nearly missed his fifty. Angkrish Raghuvanshi was next out, caught by Cameron Green with an incredible catch at mid-wicket. A few minutes later, the Australian struck with the ball to grab Venkatesh Iyer on the short ball. In the course of 25 deliveries, KKR dropped from 56/0 to 97/4.

Rinku and Shreyas rebuild; RCB holds on

Even though wickets were falling, Shreyas Iyer and Rinku Singh were able to play with little worry due to the high run rate that was prevalent. Despite their cautious approach, they were nonetheless able to locate the fence. Especially active against spin, Shreyas and Rinku cleared the ropes with their feet. Green was the next to fall on the left-hander, and again he got a wicket with a short ball. Shreyas did reach his maiden fifty of the season, but at long off, he was also out of the game due to a superb diving catch by Du Plessis.

Ramandeep completes with perfection.

Andre Russell is not always overshadowed by a hitter when capping an innings because the West Indian is also at the crease. However, Ramandeep Singh delivered exactly that, blasting a nine-ball twenty-four to push the total over the 220-run threshold at a moment when RCB would have been favoured to limit KKR to much less. Russell managed a few runs as well, but he was far from his usual smooth self.

Technology demonstrates Kohli’s downfall

RCB had to start fast because they had such a large total to chase. In the opening over, Virat Kohli struck a hook over fine leg off Harshit Rana to set the tone. Mitchell Starc was also hit for a six by Kohli in his opening over, but Rana’s second over ended the promise. Kohli checked his shot on a high full delivery, but it was lobbed straight up for a return catch. Although he had left the crease, the former captain of the Royal Challengers of Cricket was emphatic on a waist-high no ball. Ultimately, the third umpire concurred with the bowler, forcing Kohli to leave the game.

Patidar and Jacks gave a show.

The team needed someone else to step up after the two RCB openers failed to score. Will Jacks, who is well-known for his explosive play at the top of the order, joined Rajat Patidar at the celebration. Patidar appeared just as comfortable against spin as the other, but both were harsh on the pacers. Boundaries began to flow, mainly as sixes, and KKR could not control the pace of scoring. The duo scored 102 off of just 48 balls, putting RCB’s chase in full control.

Russell displays his bowling prowess.

Russell frequently uses his bat to blast his way to spectacular knocks, but tonight KKR’s immediate impact came from his bowling. Russell came in and removed both set batters with two strikes in his first over, just as the home team was finding it difficult to contain the flow of runs. Both times, the slower balls were successful as RCB began to stumble. The visitors began to implode after Russell’s twin strikes.

Karthik continues the battle.

Dinesh Karthik wasn’t going to back down for 223 even though a target of 280 or more couldn’t damper his mood the other night. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any help even when he attempted to deepen the game.

His appearance featured a few thrilling bounds, but he was removed after 21 required off seven.

Karn’s fury and an incredible conclusion

Everyone is aware of Karn Sharma’s batting prowess and his ability to knock sixes, but few anticipated him to perform that brilliantly in the final over against a bowler of Mitchell Starc’s caliber. When it came down to three off two balls, the Aussie got in his way and got deposited for three sixes. There were many jaw-dropping strokes as well as a caught-behind decision in between that Sharma narrowly avoided. Starc, though, got Sharma off a superb return catch, so he had the last laugh.As two were required off the last ball, Starc delivered a perfect yorker, and although Rana’s deep ball was wide of the mark, Salt collected and leaped over the stumps to complete an incredible run out.

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