In the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 6, 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders emerged victorious by a margin of 81 runs. KKR batted first after being put into bat by Royal Challengers Bangalore and posted a mammoth total of 204/7. Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz top-scored with 57 off 44 balls, while Shardul Thakur smashed a quickfire 51 off just 19 balls, and Rinku Singh contributed with a century stand for the sixth wicket with Shardul.
In reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a good start, with openers Virat Kohli and Faf Du Plessis providing a solid platform. However, once Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy started their spin attack, Royal Challengers Bangalore collapsed from 44/1 to 96/9, losing half their team for just 61 runs. Chakravarthy was the pick of the bowlers for KKR, finishing with figures of 4/15 in his four overs, while Suyash Sharma, making his IPL debut, impressed with 3/30 in his four overs. Narine took two wickets, while Shardul Thakur got one scalp as well. Royal Challengers Bangalore were eventually bowled out for 123 in 17.4 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ win was set up by their top-order batters and lower-order blitz. Gurbaz and Thakur provided the impetus in the top order, while Singh’s century partnership with Thakur helped KKR to a competitive total. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowlers struggled to contain the Kolkata Knight Riders’ batters, and the lack of wickets in the middle overs proved to be their downfall.
In the end, Kolkata Knight Riders’ spin attack was too hot to handle for Royal Challengers Bangalore, and they suffered a heavy defeat. Kolkata Knight Riders will take confidence from their all-round performance, while Royal Challengers Bangalore must regroup and find a way to bounce back in their next match. The win takes KKR to the top of the IPL points table, while Royal Challengers Bangalore slip to third place.