In the match RCB vs KKR, Kolkata Knight Riders secured a much-needed victory after enduring four consecutive losses, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 36 of TATA IPL 2023 held at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Shardul Thakur, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Varun Chakaravarthy Star As KKR Thrash RCB By 81 Runs

Match Summary of RCB vs KKR

KKR, led by captain Nitish Rana and Jason Roy’s scorching batting performance, managed to rack up an impressive total of 200/5. Roy’s lightning-fast 56 runs off 29 balls, combined with Rana’s attacking 48 off 21, propelled KKR to their formidable total.

In the second innings of RCB vs KKR, KKR’s Varun Chakaravarthy and Suyash Sharma turned the heat on the RCB batters. Chakaravarthy, with his impressive figures of 3/27, and Sharma, who took 2/30, weaved a web around the RCB lineup, restricting them to a total of 179/8.

KKR emerged victorious by a margin of 21 runs, thanks to their impressive all-around performance.

RCB started their chase of 201 runs

In the match RCB vs KKR, RCB started their chase of 201 runs with a splendid beginning as the opening duo of Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis immediately launched an attack. Kohli wasted no time in hitting the first ball of the innings from Vaibhav Arora to the third-man boundary for a four. Soon after, du Plessis executed a delightful flick toward the fine leg region for another boundary. The two batsmen then targeted Umesh Yadav, piling on 19 runs in the over. Kohli smashed a four over the cover region and du Plessis finished the over with two towering sixes.

In the third over of RCB vs KKR, Nitish Rana was asked by his captain to face Suyash Sharma’s bowling. Despite being a young spinner, Sharma proved his worth by taking a crucial wicket of du Plessis, who scored 17 off 7 balls, and giving away only three runs in the over. Du Plessis was caught at long-on.

Virat Kohli kept up the tempo by hitting a couple of fours off Suyash before the young bowler fought back to dismiss Shahbaz Ahmed LBW, leaving RCB at 51/2. Varun Chakaravarthy then delivered a significant blow by catching the in-form Glenn Maxwell at mid-off after the batsman had hit him for a boundary off the previous delivery.

At the end of the first six overs, RCB had scored 58 runs for the loss of three wickets, which was the first time they had lost three wickets during the Powerplay this season.

After an exceedingly quiet three overs, Mahipal Lomror upped the scoring, hammering more than one sixes off Sunil Narine to take the rating to 96/3 on the midway mark.

Kohli then reached fifty

Kohli then reached his fifty off 33 balls. Lomror (34 off 18) hit one extra six off Chakaravarthy however the wily spinner bounced lower back to have him stuck at a deep rectangular leg off the subsequent ball.

In the following over, RCB suffered another setback as their key player Kohli (54 off 37) got caught brilliantly by Venkatesh Iyer at deep mid-wicket off Russell’s delivery.

Dinesh Karthik and Suyash Prabhudessai added brisk 22 runs off 16 balls however a mixture-up among the 2 saw Prabhudessai leave inside the fifteenth over as Suyash Sharma finished an impressive spell of four-0-30-2, gifting away just six in his last over.

KKR needed to score 56 runs off 24 balls

When KKR needed to score 56 runs off 24 balls, Andre Russell’s bowling was exceptional as he only gave away 8 runs and also took the wicket of Hasaranga. Chakaravarthy then furnished a crucial leap forward as he had Karthik (22 off 18) stuck at deep mid-wicket. He bowled a superb over, conceding simply 4 and completing with 4-zero-27-three.

Requiring 44 runs from the final 12 balls, it was evident that the home team faced a daunting challenge, and they could only manage to score 22 runs, ultimately losing the match to KKR by 21 runs.

RCB made a change to their team

At the start of the match, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s interim captain, Virat Kohli, chose to bowl first after winning the toss. RCB made a change to their team at the starting XI, they replace Faf du Plessis with Harshal Patel. Meanwhile, du Plessis, Finn Allen, Akash Deep, Karn Sharma, and Anuj Rawat were included in the home team’s list of substitutes.

Roy confirmed his attacking intent at once as he charged down the song 0.33 ball and smacked a pressure wide of mid-on for a four, off Siraj. One greater followed in the over as Roy drove this one with higher timing huge of mid-off for the second 4 of the over.

Together with N Jagadeesan, he displayed a series of impressive straight and cover drives and then went on to attack David Willey. The duo hit two boundaries and a six, accumulating 17 runs in the over.

Virat Kohli added Wanindu Hasaranga

Virat Kohli then brought spin early inside the fifth over as he added on Wanindu Hasaranga. The Sri Lankan all-rounder began off properly, giving freely simply six runs. There became an LBW enchantment turned down and RCB opted for a review however replays confirmed the effect was outside off.

In the following over, Roy relentlessly pursued Shahbaz Ahmed, managing to hit four massive sixes in quick succession. This incredible feat resulted in 25 runs being added to the scorecard, bringing the team’s total to an impressive 66 at the end of the Powerplay.

Roy’s exceptional batting skills were once again on display as he achieved his fourth IPL half-century in just 22 deliveries. It was truly a remarkable performance that left both the fans and the opposition in awe.

This just goes to show the immense talent and dedication Roy possesses, which undoubtedly makes him a valuable asset to any team he plays for.

RCB clawed back into the healthy as Jagadeesan, who observed it tough to get going, pulled one instantly into the palms of the deep mid-wicket fielder, off Vijaykumar Vyshak, and the dangerman Roy became cleaned up with the aid of Vyshak inside the equal over through a super yorker that rattled the leg stump.

Venkatesh Iyer eventually launched some stress

Venkatesh Iyer eventually launched a few stress, hitting the primary boundary in 17 balls off Hasaranga and he made it in the over to take thirteen off the 12th over. Vyshak had the possibility to get his 0.33 however Mohd. The KKR captain made them pay as he cracked a big six over long-off to complete the over. Rana got any other lifeline inside the overs later as Harshal Patel dropped him at the quality leg.

RCB bowled nicely inside the center overs and gave away 65/2 from the 7-15 over section.

Iyer and Rana went after Harshal in the sixteenth over, smacking a 4 and multiple sixes to accumulate 19 off the over and bring up KKR’s a hundred and fifty. Rana demonstrated his exceptional batting skills by launching a fierce assault on Vyshak.

When Rinku Singh arrived on the scene, he wasted no time in unleashing his aggressive batting style. With great skill and precision, he managed to hit a stunning six and several fours off Siraj, leaving the opposition reeling.

RCB Bounced Back with Their Amazing Bowling

However, the RCB pacer soon bounced back, delivering an exceptional yorker that cleaned up the formidable Andre Russell off the final ball of the over. It was truly a sight to behold, showcasing Siraj’s remarkable talent and skill.

In the final moments of the match, David Wiese delivered the much-needed surge, hitting a couple of impressive sixes off Harshal and taking the team’s total score to an impressive 200/5.

RCB introduced Faf du Plessis as their Impact Player, replacing Harshal Patel while KKR delivered on Suyash Sharma as their Impact player in the vicinity of Jason Roy at the start of the second innings.