IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets


Woakes - the only Englishman to play with RCB leaving out Moeen Ali and Kolkata omitting Tom Curran - bagged Chris Lynn (5) in his first over when De Villiers caught at deep cover and then ousted Rinku Singh (6) and Russell late on to finish with three wickets on his Bangalore bow.

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KKR are looking to make a fresh start under new captain Dinesh Karthik as they bid to win the IPL title for the third time after previous wins in 2012 and 2014.

Kolkata's innings, in contrast, got off to a flyer as Sunil Narine, the West Indies global, smashed a 17-ball fifty. With Virat Kohli's aggressive statements and press conferences prior to the tournament, RCB will definitely start as the favourites against a slightly weak and injury prone Kolkata-based team. But it was during the RCB innings that a big gamble of bringing on a part-time spinner against two of the most explosive T20 batsmen in the world, and getting their wickets off consecutive deliveries made a difference of at least 15 runs in the run chase.

While it was crucial for RCB to keep the momentum going amidst the control which spin bowlers had gained, McCullum freed his arms as soon as the pace bowler Johnson was introduced.

In came De Villiers and took the bowlers to the cleaners in his trademark fashion. Kolkata has won the toss and now, they will bowl first to Bangalore.

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So the responsibility of leading the line could fall to Ings who has featured largely as a substitute this campaign. None of them are easy, particularly in preparation, it's always hard . "You can not push a player through a game".

RCB's star-studded batting line-up just like every year which includes Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli will be a treat to watch for all fans out there. He ended the over with a bang, smacking a short ball for a six over mid-wicket as Woakes leaked 20 runs.

But De Villiers ensured that the run-rate does not slide further as he lifted the atmosphere with his two stunning sixes off Kuldeep's successive deliveries. After his departure, there were quick-fire innings from the bat of Rishabh Pant (28) and Chris Morris (27), but in the end that didn't prove enough at the end of the day.

Virat Kohli said he is "120 percent" committed to leading the franchise to their maiden IPL win.

It will be also be interesting see how two of India's celebrated wrist-spinners Chahal and Kuldeep pit their wits against each other.

Bangalore have the luxury of Kohli and AB de Villiers in the form of their lives.