IPL 2018: KKR restrict RCB to 176/7 in Kolkata

Shah Rukh Khan along with daughter Suhana cheered for KKR from the stands

Shah Rukh Khan along with daughter Suhana cheered for KKR from the stands

Earlier, AB De Villiers and Brendon McCullum scored 43 and 44 respectively while Mandeep Singh smashed a 18-ball 37 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) post 176/7 in 20 overs.

KKR let a mouth-watering RCB top-four get a first crack at batting. 12 times KKR and nine times RCB win The last session was completely the name of Kolkata when both Eden and Chinnaswamy had washed both Kolkata and Bangalore. The skipper played a sensible innings and made sure his side take the two points on offer. With 30 needed from 24 and skipper Virat Kohli handing the ball to Umesh Yadav - the best bowler on display till then for RCB - the game could have gone either ways.

It could be said that those 16 runs off the final over taken the sheen off a superb KKR comeback. After scalping two big wickets, Rana was taken off the attack.

Earlier, Nitish Rana' twin-strike in one over in the first half of the match, where he bagged the wicket of AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli, helped KKR restrict the opposition to a par-score.

During the toss earlier tonight, KKR won the toss and chose to bowl first.

On a wicket that had decent pace and bounce on offer, pacer Umesh Yadav (4-27-2) set his straps from the outset and settled into a really good spell of classic fast bowling to dismiss Narine and KKR vice-captain Robin Uthappa (13) in quick succession. The other opener Quinton de Kock could not get going. They did that to perfection in a 55-run stand for the fourth wicket before Washington ended it by trapping Rana leg before.

"The RCB class of 2018 is exciting, a balance of youth and experience, fresh and resolved to delight our supporters around the country, to realise our potential on the field and, hopefully, to take the trophy", De Villiers further writes. KKR's fortunes will depend much on how Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell perform this season. Fellow Aussie Mitchell Johnson will look to fill the void as will England all-rounder Tom Curran who has been roped in as Starc's replacement. The South African was then on 23. All the home matches will be played here. The part-timer, to everyone's surprise, removed both the key batsmen in successive overs.

Sarfraz Khan, who was retained by the franchise, managed just six runs with Johnson (1/30) taking his wicket while Mandeep and Chris Woakes (5) fell to Vinay in the last over.

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