Royal Challengers Bangalore 176-7 (AB de Villiers 44, Brendon McCullum 43, Mandeep Singh 37*, Nitish Rana 2-11) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 177-6 in 18.5 overs (Sunil Narine 50, Dinesh Karthik 35*, Nitish Rana 34, Mark Wood 3-36, Umesh Yadav 2-27) by 4 wickets.
The Kolkata Knight Riders opened their account in VIVO IPL 2018 after they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets at the Eden Gardens on Sunday night.
After opting to bowl first, KKR restricted the visitors to 176-7. The home team’s chase was given the sails by opener Sunil Narine, who blitzed his way to a 17-ball half-century.
KKR lost their way briefly when they lost three middle-order wickets in a short period of play, but skipper Dinesh Karthik (35*) stayed to the end and got the job done. KKR got over the finish line in the penultimate over.
Kolkata Knight Riders win by four wickets in their first match under new captain Dinesh Karthik. The captain anchored his innings brilliantly to see his side win their first match of the tournament. Virat Kohli will not be a happy man.
“Good to get off to a good start. If AB and Kohli went till the end, it would have been tough, but we got lucky,” said Dinesh Karthik, captain Kolkata Knight Riders.
“We were 15 short with the bat, myself included. I played too many dot balls. Me and AB getting out in two balls to a part-timer was game changing as well,” said RCB captain Virat Kohli.
Man of the Match:
Sunil Narine, for his all-round performance (1-30 & 50 off 19 balls).