Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) resumed their IPL 2021 campaign with a resounding nine-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Abu Dhabi on Monday (September 20).
Opting to bat first, RCB got bowled out for a paltry 92 in 19 overs. It was a listless batting performance from the Virat Kohli-led side. None of them managed to touch the 30-run mark while Devdutt Padikkal was the top scorer with 22.
For KKR, Varun Chakravarthy (3-13) and Andre Russell (3-9) were the stand-out bowlers as they didn’t only claim three wickets each but also bowled economically.
In reply, Knight Riders overhauled the target with 60 balls to spare on the back of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer’s 82-run opening stand.
While Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Gill on 34-ball 48, debutant Iyer remained unbeaten on 41 off 27 balls to take KKR home.
Eoin Morgan and company outplayed RCB in all facets of the game and cricket experts on Twitter showered rich praise on them.
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