KKR beat RCB by four wickets in IPL

Ahead of KKR's season opener at home, In Eden Garden stadium KKR wins toss opt to bowl against RCB.

The Knight Riders are making a fresh start under the leadership of Dinesh Karthik after severing ties with the long serving Gautam Gambhir. For the first time, we have good balance with bat and ball.

RCB could have made much more than their eventual total of 176 for 7, especially after being positioned at 127 for 2 after 14.1 overs, but a one-over special from part-time offspinner Rana, who took out AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli with consecutive balls, swung the momentum Knight Riders' way. Along with them, both teams will heavily rely on their other spinners as well with Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine for Kolkata and Washington Sundar and Pawan Negi for Bangalore. KKR chased down the target of 177 in 18.5 overs to open their winning account in the IPL 2018 points table.

RCB seem far more balanced than before with the arrival of Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes and Corey Anderson.

De Villiers was at his imperious best, his 23-ball 44 laced with five sixes and one four. Two wickets also fell in that over.

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik (captain), Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, and Ishank Jaggi.

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Earlier, put to bat, RCB lost Quinton de Kock early.

Writing in his column for Times of India, De Villiers said the ongoing season of the cash-rich league was his eighth with RCB.

Kohli (31 off 33) played the second fiddle.

I've made a decision to ignore AB de Villiers for this match. After taking a well-deserved break from cricket, Captain Kohli will be raring to go.

Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the tournament with a tibial bone stress fracture in his right leg, and the Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis has pinned his faith on Tom Curran, the bowling allrounder from England, to fill in ably. Nitish sent back both these batsmen to the dug-out off successive balls.

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