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08 Apr 2018

IPL: KKR beat RCB, who is the winner and sinner?

Dinesh Karthik led Kolkata Knight Riders claimed a comfortable 4 wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL 2018 opener at Eden Gardens.

RCB were put to bat first and they scored 176/7.

The turning point was Rana bagging Kohli and ABD's wickets on two consecutive balls.

In reply, Narine's half-century and Nitish Rana's heroics with the bat secured the victory for Kolkata.

In context

IPL 2018: Kohli's RCB humbled by KKR
KKR's Nitish Rana is the winner of the game

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KKR's Nitish Rana is the winner of the game

Nitish Rana is the clear winner of this fixture.

The Delhi batsman first put the breaks on RCB's momentum by bagging the wickets of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in his lone over.

He then carried the Knight Riders to victory with his brilliant knock. He scored 34 off 25 balls. His inning comprised of 2 fours and 2 sixes.

Key stats

Kolkata's Sunil Narine is the first player to score two fifties off 17 or fewer balls in the IPL. RCB's Brendon McCullum reached the 9,000 run milestone in T20 cricket. The New Zealander is the second cricketer to reach the landmark after Chris Gayle.

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RCB's Chahal is the sinner of the game

Bangalore's premier spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is the sinner of the fixture.

RCB paid a whopping Rs. 6 crore for Yuzvendra Chahal, but the spinner did not live up to his price tag.

Kohli's go-to-bowler not only went wicket-less in the match but also gave away 29 runs at an economy of 9.66.

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