Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) etched a memorable victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 game. Nitish Rana’s men complete a double over RCB in the ongoing IPL 2023.
Varun Chakravarthy once again was the cynosure of all eyes as he won the Player of the Match award. KKR desperately needed a victory and it has come through this special victory at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
KKR has been unbeaten at the Chinnaswamy Stadium since 2016. They have won 5 out of all the 5 matches that have taken place between these two sides at this stadium. KKR have conquered the Fortress of RCB and has been giving them nightmares.
In this article, we take a look at the top 3 talking points after the RCB vs KKR game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium:
1. Nitish Rana’s exceptional captaincy
Nitish Rana has been superb with his bowling changes, tactics and his field placements in this game. Firstly, bringing in Andre Russell to bowl early in the game proved to be quite effective. The Caribbean legend bagged 2 wickets and took the prized wicket of the opposition captain, Virat Kohli.
Plus, making the spinners bowl 4 out of the 6 powerplay overs proved to be the game-changing moment for KKR. The spinners took 3 wickets in the powerplay and this was the first time in IPL 2023 that RCB lost so many wickets in the initial 6 overs.
2. Suyash Sharma’s pyrotechnics with the ball
The young spin sensation of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Suyash Sharma once again delivered the goods with the white cherry. Sharma bagged 2 wickets in the game and acted as an enforcer in the powerplay.
He dismissed Faf Du Plessis and Shahbaz Ahmed and put KKR in the driving seat of the game.
3. Virat Kohli continues his imperious form
After getting dismissed for a golden duck in the previous game of RCB versus Rajasthan Royals (RR), Virat Kohli staged a fantastic comeback in this IPL 2023 game. He scored a top-notch half-century and was the beacon of hope for the RCB fans throughout the run-chase, till the time he was there.
The skipper of RCB has now scored 333 runs in 8 IPL 2023 games and is second in the list of most runs in IPL 2023. It will be interesting to see as to how his RCB side stage a comeback after a tough loss at the hands of a struggling KKR side.
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