The 3rd match of 2018 IPL season was between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). KKR had won the toss and chose to bowl first. The RCB opener Quinton de Kock did not have a great start as he departed for just 4 runs. The other opener B McCullum was on fire. He made 43 off 27 balls before being removed by S Narine.
RCB skipper V Kohli was struggling to get his touch but made 31(33). AB de Villiers as usual made an impact with his 23 ball 44. Nitish Rana took both the big wickets in back to back deliveries. At the end, Mandeep Singh made a quick fire 37 off 18 , taking the team score to 176 for 7. From the KKR’s bowling unit Nitish Rana (2/11) and Vinay Kumar (2/30) took two wickets each.
This target was seen very easy with the start S Narine gave KKR. The other opener Chris Lynn went back to the pavilion for just 5 runs. S Narine made a 17 ball half-century. His innings ended with 4 fours and 5 sixes. Robin Uthappa didn’t stay in the field for a long time. KKR skipper D Karthik along with N Rana played responsible knocks to build on a much needed partnership. Rana got out after scoring 34 from 25 balls. D Kathik finished the game with 29 ball 35, winning the 1st match as skipper of KKR in the very 1st match.
KKR won the match by 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare.In the RCB’s bowling unit Chris Woakes (3/36), Umesh Yadav (2/27) were the toppers.
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— swagcricket (@swagcricket) April 9, 2018
Just In : Celebrations in Bangladesh after KKR won the 1st match at Eden Gardens vs RCB. #KKRvRCB
— TIMES HOW (@TiimesHow) April 8, 2018
— SwingAndSeam (@swing_seam) April 8, 2018
KKR win by 4 wickets. It's still a long tournament and we now head 🏠to the Chinnaswamy 🏟️!
Baz, AB, Mandy,Umesh and Woakes still put in inspiring shows for us to carry back to Bengaluru 👏
Bring on #KXIP. #PlayBold #KKRvRCB #RCB
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 8, 2018
RCB to play PSL for a chance to lift the title.
— Silly Point 🏏 (@FarziCricketer) April 8, 2018
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) April 8, 2018
RCB’s team is a joke 😰😰 #IPL
— Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) April 8, 2018
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 8, 2018
— A R P A N (@justarpan) April 8, 2018
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— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) April 8, 2018
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 8, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 8, 2018
Looked like a very risky move but it has paid off and like how. Nitish Rana has got AB De villiers and Kohli in successive balls. This is something worth telling his grandchildren #KKRvRCB
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 8, 2018
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) April 8, 2018
Happy beginning for the two new captains, Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik. KL Rahul for Punjab and Narine for KKR setting up the chase beautifully in the first 6 overs #KKRvRCB
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 8, 2018