In the TATA IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 81 runs in Match 9 at the Eden Gardens. Shardul Thakur, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Rinku Singh scored impressive knocks, while KKR’s spinners Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, and debutant Suyash Sharma took wickets to win the game.
In Match 9 of the TATA IPL 2023 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back after their defeat against Punjab Kings in their opener to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 81 runs.
Shardul Thakur’s stunning counter-attacking innings of 68(29) coupled with calculated knocks from Rahmanullah Gurbaz (57 off 44) and Rinku Singh (46 off 33) helped KKR post a daunting 204/7 after recovering from 89/5. The KKR spinners then came to the party as Varun Chakravarthy (4/15), Sunil Narine (2/16) and debutant Suyash Sharma (3/30) spun a web around the RCB batters to bowl them out for 123 and win the match by 81 runs.
Chasing a target of 205, RCB openers Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis got their team off to a brisk start. Kohli hit a couple of well-placed fours to score 10 off the first over from Umesh Yadav. The pair then took on Southee as Kohli smacked one over mid-on for a four, and Du Plessis smashed a couple of sixes and a four to make it a 23-run over.
Nitish Rana then introduced Sunil Narine into the attack, and the move paid rich dividends as he cleaned up Kohli for 21(18) and gave away just three singles. Another bowling change worked as Varun Chakravarthy had Du Plessis drag one onto the stumps in the next over. The introduction of spin did the trick for KKR as RCB reached 50/2 at the end of the Powerplay.
Chakravarthy had two more, in one over, as he knocked back Glenn Maxwell’s off stump with a googly and disturbed the furniture again a ball later as he made Harshal Patel chop one onto the stumps. The RCB collapse continued as Narine sent back Shahbaz Ahmed and Shardul’s golden arm struck to remove Bracewell.
RCB sent their Impact Player – Anuj Rawat – to bat at No.8. He replaced Mohd. Siraj.
It was the other Impact Player though who made the impact as Suyash Sharma picked two wickets in an over. He had Anuj Rawat and Dinesh Karthik caught at short third man to reduce RCB to 86/8. He picked up his third, having Karn Sharma caught at first slip after a successful review. He finished with superb figures of 3/30 on debut.
David Willey and Akash Deep then cracked a few boundaries, but Chakravarthy came back to wrap up the RCB innings on 123 with a brilliant caught and bowled of Akash Deep as KKR won the match by 81 runs.
Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis won