IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik Leads KKR To First Win As Captain Against RCB

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| April 9 , 2018 , 15:09 IST

Dinesh Karthik got his stint as captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a winning start as they beat Virat Kohli (RCB) led Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets on Sunday in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

RCB who went out to bat first had their opener Brendon McCullum set it up with a sensational 27-ball 43 (6x4, 2x6) while AB de Villiers made the Eden Gardens crowd cheer for them with his scintillating 23-ball 44, which was studded with five sixes and one boundary. Kohli (31 off 33) played the second fiddle.

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Dinesh Karthik who was witnessing his bowlers getting hammered around the park wanted to change things. He gave the ball to part-time spinner Nitish Rana. The gamble paid off as he scalped the two important wickets of arguably the two best batsmen in the world, Kohli and de Villiers.

RCB with the help of bowler Vinay Kumar and Mandeep Singh produced a scintillating 18-ball 37 enabling team to post the total of 176.

For KKR, opener Sunil Narine set up the chase with a 17-ball 50 (4x4, 5x6), the joint fourth-fastest fifty in the IPL.

Umesh Yadav brought RCB back in the game as he took the two most important wickets of the openers but the KKR skipper Karthik took over and guided his team to their first win the 11th edition of IPL 2018.