Vinay Kumar finishes the match with a swat through mid-on to put Kolkata Knight Riders on the board, toppling KKR with a four-wicket win at the Eden Gardens.
11.38pm Clinical from Kolkata Knight Riders. They first kept RCB to a total that was about 10 runs below par, then they came out and aced their chase, led by Sunil Narine's stunning fifty, the joint fourth-fastest in IPL history. There were cameos right through that innings, Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana made nice contributions to carry KKR home on a favourable chasing ground.
RCB have not started very well, their bowlers were taken apart by KKR's batsmen right through. They'll find a way to fight back soon.
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Sunil Narine is the Man of the Match: "It's good to get the ball rolling right away. I wouldn't see myself as an opening batsman. That's the role I get to play, if I get out the first ball, it's okay."
Dinesh Karthik: "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. We all play for the crowd. Love to play for a team like this and a crowd like this."
Virat Kohli: "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. We made a good game out of it. Quite a few positives. Difficult for the spinners to bowl on."
a short slower ball down leg, helped along to fine leg
back of a length down leg, clipped to square leg for a run
133 kph, short down leg, that's wide. Waaaaay over the batsman's head. Shouldn't that have been a no-ball?
that's the first bouncer of the over, or should be! On middle and leg, pulled down to fine leg for a run.
short and wide outside off, carved away to deep cover. Sundar runs in, and juggles the catch but puts it down. That should have been taken
Vinay Kumar. 9 to win off 12.
full and wide outside off, the ball bounces over Karthik's drive.
digs it in short again. Karthik is waiting for that and pulls through midwicket for four. Shot.
Russell holes out! A slower delivery outside off, just inside the tramline. Clears his front leg, and skews the ball off the outside half towards long-off. AB runs back and to his right from mid-off. McCullum runs in from long-on. McCullum will never let the ball go. Nor will AB. They almost collide. But AB takes a good catch eventually.
a slower ball outside off, Russell is through the shot too early, toe-ends the ball back to the bowler.
called A WIDE! AND ONE BOUNCER! A short delivery on off, loops over Russell's head.
short and wide, Russell backs away, then goes back into the line. But the ball is well executed, just inside the tramline.
back of a length around middle, worked to square leg. Clever from Karthik.
15 off 18
DRE RUSS! In the slot from Umesh and Russell goes over long-on. In his wheelhouse, he clears his front leg and makes room for that shot. And then executes, way over long-on. Terrific shot.
full delivery around middle and leg, Russell backs away and chips the ball over mid-off.
ANOTHER BOUNCER! Just under the shoulder, deems the square leg umpire. It's another short delivery that hurries Russell through the shot. Beaten
excellently bowled. That has to be one bouncer for the over? IT IS. The first one I've seen today. Follows Russell, just beaten
short delivery down leg, 126 kph, slips down leg, called a wide.
another short delivery, this is under the shoulder though. Russell misses an upper cut.
Dre Russ clears his front leg and swats the ball over mid-on. Disdainful, Dre Russ-type heave.
30 off 24. RCB not out of this. But there should have been at least two no-balls on account of two bouncers per over, and two free hits and therefore the game done.
But on we go. Umesh is back.
|Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Toss||Kolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20|
|Match days||08 April 2018 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0|