Learn about KKR vs GT match result along with key match highlights, IPL points table update, man of the match, full list of award winners list and everything else you need to know today about Match 13 of IPL 2023 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans.
Kolkata Knight Riders snatched victory from Gujarat Titans in a thrilling encounter at Narendra Modi Stadium, thanks to Rinku Singh’s five consecutive sixes in the final over. Despite Rashid Khan achieving the first hat-trick of IPL 2023, Rinku Singh’s last-over heroics stole the show. Venkatesh Iyer’s splendid innings of 83 off 40 balls brought Kolkata closer to the target set by Gujarat.
Chasing the target, Kolkata lost their first wicket early as Mohammed Shami dismissed Rahmanullah Gurbaz for 15 runs off 12 balls in the 3rd over. Joshua Little dealt another blow to Kolkata, claiming Narayan Jagadeesan’s wicket, who scored 6 runs off 8 balls in 3.6 overs. Struggling with two early wickets, KKR managed 43 runs during the Powerplay, with Venkatesh Iyer scoring 18 off 13 balls and Nitish Rana contributing 3 off 3 balls.
By the end of the 9th over, Venkatesh and Nitish added a fifty-run partnership, bringing Kolkata closer to the massive target. KKR reached 86/2 in 10 overs with Venkatesh scoring 39 off 22 balls and Nitish contributing 25 off 18 balls. Ventakesh then completed his fifty off 26 balls, and the duo accelerated their scoring in the 12th and 13th overs against Rashid Khan and Yash Dayal, who conceded 13 and 17 runs, respectively.
Gujarat made a comeback as Little dismissed Nitish, who was looking good at 45 off 29 balls. Venkatesh retaliated against Little in the 16th over, smashing one six and two fours, bringing 17 runs and shifting the momentum in Kolkata’s favor. KKR reached the 150-run mark in 15.2 overs before Alzarri Joseph claimed Venkatesh’s crucial wicket, who scored a brilliant 83 off 40 balls.
Rashid Khan, GT’s stand-in skipper, took the first hat-trick of IPL 2023, dismissing Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Shardul Thakur, strengthening the Titans’ position. However, Rinku Singh’s five consecutive sixes in the final over helped Kolkata chase down the massive total set by Gujarat, with Yash Dayal conceding 31 runs in that over.
Earlier, thanks to Vijay Shankar’s powerful batting in the death overs and Sudharsan’s strong foundation, Gujarat Titans posted a competitive total of 204/4 against Kolkata Knight Riders. After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Gujarat openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill started cautiously. However, Sunil Narine claimed Saha’s wicket in the fourth over, leaving GT at 33/1 in 4.2 overs.
Gujarat reached the 50-run mark in 5.1 overs and had 54/1 at the end of the Powerplay, with Gill scoring 20 off 14 balls and Sai Sudharsan contributing 5 off 5 balls. The duo then completed a fifty-run partnership in 30 balls, putting GT at 88/1 after 10 overs. Gill’s innings ended at 39 off 31 balls in the 11.4th over, as Narine claimed his second wicket.
Abhinav Manohar added a quick 14 off 8 balls before Suyash Sharma dismissed him, leaving GT at 118/3 after 13.3 overs. By the 15th over, Gujarat had scored 132/3, with Vijay Shankar and Sudharsan at the crease. Sudharsan scored 46 off 31 balls, while Shankar had 2 off 3 balls. Sudharsan went on to complete his second half-century of IPL 2023 in 34 balls during the 16.2nd over. After reaching the 150-run mark, Narine claimed Sudharsan’s wicket, who scored an impressive 53 off 38 balls, taking GT to 153/4.
In the final stages of the match, Shankar capitalized on the platform set by the top batters, punishing Ferguson for 25 runs in an over, which included two sixes, two fours, and a no-ball. Shankar reached his fifty in just 21 balls with a six and continued his onslaught by hitting two more sixes in consecutive balls, completing a hat-trick of sixes. Gujarat concluded their innings at 204/4, thanks to Shankar’s unbeaten 63 off 24 balls and David Miller’s unbeaten 2 off 3 balls.
KKR vs GT Score Summary:
- Gujarat Titans 204/4 (20 ov)
- Kolkata Knight Riders 207/7 (20 ov)
- KKR won by 3 wickets
Points Table Update after IPL KKR vs GT Match 13
KKR is at the second position with two wins and a loss and four points. On the other hand, GT is at fourth position with two wins and a loss and a total of four points on the Points Table in IPL 2023.
KKR vs GT Match 13 Award Winners at IPL 2023
Player Of The Match Rinku Singh (KKR), 48* (21)
TIAGO.ev Electric Striker Of The Match Vijay Shankar (GT) Strike rater: 262.50
Herbalife Active Catch Of The Match N Jagadeeshan (KKR)
Visit Saudi Beyond The Boundaries Longest 6 Venkatesh Iyer (KKR), 99 metres
RuPay On-The-Go 4s Venkatesh Iyer, 8 fours
UPSTOX Most Valuable Asset Of The Match Venkatesh Iyer, 37.5 MVA points
Dream11 Gamechanger Of The Match Venkatesh Iyer, 119 fantasy points
Note: All the prizes carried a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh
Top Performances for KKR vs GT Match
Rinku Singh’s Heroics
In a thrilling encounter, Rinku Singh’s incredible cameo ensured Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory against the defending champions. Chasing 205 runs, KKR needed 29 runs off the final over, and Rinku stepped up to the challenge, smashing five consecutive sixes to seal the win for his team. Rinku scored an unbeaten 48 off 21 balls, which included one four and six sixes, and was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ for his match-winning performance.
Venkatesh Iyer’s Explosive Innings
Venkatesh Iyer played a pivotal role in setting up the foundation for KKR’s chase. With his team struggling at 28/2, Iyer scored a blistering 83 off just 40 balls, including eight fours and five sixes. His partnership with skipper Nitish Rana, who contributed 45 off 29 balls, was instrumental in getting KKR close to their target before Rinku Singh’s late-game heroics.
Rashid Khan’s Hat-trick
Despite ending up on the losing side, Rashid Khan had an impressive individual performance for Gujarat Titans. The Afghan leg-spinner claimed a hat-trick, removing Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Shardul Thakur to put KKR on the back foot. He finished with figures of 3/37 and showcased his ability as a game-changing bowler.
Major Highlights for KKR vs GT Match Today
- Rinku Singh’s five consecutive sixes in the last over led Kolkata Knight Riders to victory over Gujarat Titans.
- Rashid Khan took the first IPL 2023 hat-trick, but Rinku Singh’s performance stole the show.
- Venkatesh Iyer’s brilliant 83 off 40 balls brought Kolkata closer to the chase.
- Despite early wickets, a fifty-run partnership between Venkatesh and Nitish Rana helped KKR come closer to the massive run chase.
- Gujarat Titans set a target of 204/4, aided by Vijay Shankar’s unbeaten 63 off 24 balls and Sudharsan’s half-century.
- KKR’s early loss of wickets, including Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Narayan Jagadeesan, put pressure on their chase.
- Rashid Khan’s hat-trick included wickets of Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Shardul Thakur, strengthening Titans’ position.
- Venkatesh Iyer’s aggressive batting against Joshua Little in the 16th over turned the tables in KKR’s favor.
- GT’s opening partnership between Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill provided a steady start before Sunil Narine took Saha’s wicket.
- Abhinav Manohar’s quick 14 off 8 balls, followed by Suyash Sharma’s wicket-taking googly, were key moments in Gujarat’s innings.
- Gujarat Titans ended their innings with a series of sixes from Vijay Shankar, showcasing their explosive batting capabilities.
IPL Next Match Today
On April 10, Royal Challengers Bangalore will host Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2023’s 15th Match at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.