Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered a comfortable 9-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their first match of the UAE-leg of IPL 2021 yesterday.
With this win, KKR rose to fifth spot in points table with three wins and six points off their 8 games this season. RCB are still at third place in points tally and looking good to qualify this year with 6 more games in their hand.
Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell were the stars from Eoin Morgan-led KKR side with 3 wickets each that helped their side to restrict batting heavy RCB to a total of 92 runs in the first innings. Later Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer who came in to open for KKR started dominating the chase right from the first over.
KKR: 94/1 (Shubman Gill 48, Venkatesh Iyer 41*; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/23) beat RCB: 92 all out (Devdutt Padikkal 22, KS Bharat 16; Andre Russell 3/9) by 9 wickets; Man of the Match: Varun Chakaravarthy of Kolkata Knight Riders.