IPL 2018: KKR restrict RCB to 176/7 in Kolkata

Shah Rukh with daughter Suhana and Ab Ram cheering for KKR at IPL match

Mitchell Johnson, 36, will have to lead the bowling attack in Starc's absence, with support from Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Andre Russell, who is coming into the tournament on the back of serving a one-year ban for a doping violation.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1. KKR did lose few wickets, but Nitish Rana (34) and skipper Dinesh Karthik fabricated a 55-run partnership to bring some stability. Narine's 19-ball 50 (he raised the half-century off 17 balls) laid the impetus that KKR so almost lost in the middle overs into their chase of 177. New Zealand all-rounders Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme and bowler Tim Southee join former global superstar Brendon McCullum on the roster. Looks a good wicket, so we will look to chase down the target. In his innings of 44 from 23 balls, he struck a whopping five sixes to go with a four.

This was KKR's third successive win on RCB who were shot out for the lowest IPL total of 49 here last season. "As a captain, you're expected to at least go to the playoffs, that's the least anybody can expect", Karthik had said in his first interaction with journalists as KKR captain. KKR have 2 matches in the next 3, so it's wise to load up on them. The wicket, however, brought AB de Villiers to the middle who started to tonk the ball from the word go. After all the questions on their availability for selection, they will look to make most of their recovery and will play a key role for Kolkata. But their batting team is strong with Kohli and proven IPL stars like AB De Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson and Quinton De Kock. A B de Villiers joined Virat Kohli. He ended the over with a bang, smacking a short ball for a six over mid-wicket as Woakes leaked 20 runs. Washington Sundar, 9. Navdeep Saini/Pawan Negi, 10.

It will be also be interesting see how two of India's celebrated wrist-spinners Chahal and Kuldeep pit their wits against each other. This match was also Kohli and Uthappa's 150th match in the IPL.

De Villiers survived a Decision Review System in the 12th over when the umpire gave him caught behind but reviews showed the ball missing the bat. But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Narine (1/30) got rid of the risky Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps.

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