Varun Chakravarthy was the star of the match as he retained a spell of 4/15 while taking crucial top-order wickets while debutant leg spinner Suyash Verma took a 3/30 after Sunil Narine (2/16) took the big wicket of Virat Kohli (21). As a result, RCB were bundled out for a mere 129 in 17.3 overs.
Earlier, KKR recovered from a top-order collapse as Shardul Thakur (68 runs off 29 balls) and Rinku Singh (46) helped the side recover from 89/5 with a big stand. Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored the bulk of runs before the duo’s arrival as the Afghan hammered 57.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2023 Match 4 Award Winners
Player Of The Match: Shardul Thakur (KKR)
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UPSTOX Most Valuable Asset Of The Match: Shardul Thakur (KKR) 43 MVA points
Dream11 Gamechanger Of The Match: Varun Chakravarthy (KKR) 168 fantasy points
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KKR vs RCB IPL 2023 Match 1: Who Said What
Shardul Thakur | Player of the Match “I don’t even know where it came from but looking at the scorecard at that time, everyone would have thought we are struggling. We work hard in the nets. But your subconscious mind takes over.
“You also have to have skills to do that at the higher level, but we also work hard in the nets. There is a period where we can slog it in the nets. The coaching staff do the throwdowns, and give us the option of range-hitting.And you know the pitches – they always suit the batsmen, don’t they?
“Suyash bowled exceptionally well, and we know the quality Sunil and Varun have. They have fun, take wickets. This was a perfect day.”
Nitish Rana | KKR skipper “In the previous match, there were a lot of positives. We were seven down but still we fought. Today we showed great fight. Gurbaz played a brilliant knock at the top of the order and Thakur changed the complexion of the game.
“Credit should also be given to Rinku as he played second fiddle to Thakur and paced his innings well. Umesh and Southee started decently with the ball. Then, our spinners bowled really well. Taking wickets regularly was great for us.
“Suyash is a confident young man and he has belief in himself. He made his chance count and it was great to see him bowl that way.”
Chandrakant Pandit | KKR coach “It’s a good win. The way boys have shown character looking at the initial stage after losing early wickets. Good sign that we bounced back to score 200-plus. We expected the pitch to help spinners but you need runs on the board.
“Have to congratulate Shardul Thakur and Rinku Singh for the way they batted. Varun bowled extremely well, even Sunny. And the newcomer provided support. We saw him in trial matches and were extremely happy with the way he bowled. He’s quick through the air, difficult to pick. He’s inexperienced but shows a very good attitude.”
Faf du Plessis | RCB skipper “We had set it up nicely with the ball, probably at 100/5 around 13 overs, we kind of gave away 20-25 runs extra on that wicket. Shardul played incredibly well, he took the game away from us and KKR’s leg-spinners bowled brilliantly.
“They got on top of us, with Narine and Chakaravarthy, they put the squeeze on us really well. Because that’s the nature of leg spinners or mystery spinners. It was still a good wicket, our batting was very average and even when we lose games like these we need to ensure that we get close to the target, at least around 160 tonight.
“The game of T20 cricket moves so fast, we will try and learn our lessons, just making sure we tweak things we work on. It’s fair to say tonight, it got a little bit away from us, tactically we could have been a little better.”
KKR vs RCB IPL 2023 Stats
Highest individual scores from No.7 or below in IPL
88*(36) – Andre Russell (KKR) vs CSK, Chennai, 2018
68 (30) – Dwayne Bravo (CSK) vs MI, Mumbai WS, 2018
68 (29) – Shardul Thakur (KKR) vs RCB, Kolkata, today
66* (34) – Pat Cummins (KKR) vs CSK, Mumbai WS, 2021
66* (34) – Dinesh Karthik (RCB) vs DC, Mumbai WS, 2022
Century partnerships for 6th wicket or below in IPL
122* – Ambati Rayudu & Kieron Pollard (MI) vs RCB, Bangalore, 2012
104 – David Hussey & Wriddhiman Saha (PBKS) vs KKR, Mohali, 2008
103 – Shardul Thakur & Rinku Singh (KKR) vs RCB, Kolkata, today
100 – Jagadeesha Suchith & Harbhajan Singh (MI) vs PBKS, Mumbai WS, 2015 (7th wicket)
50-plus scores for KKR from No.7 or below
5 – Andre Russell
3 – Pat Cummins
1 – Wriddhiman Saha
1 – Shardul Thakur
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