Learn about KKR vs RCB 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 9 of IPL 2023 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinners, spearheaded by Varun Chakravarthy and debutant Suyash Sharma, delivered an outstanding performance, resulting in an 81-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match.
RCB openers Virat Kohli and Faf Du Plessis got off to a good start in pursuit of 205. However, Sunil Narine’s dismissal of Kohli in his 150th IPL game marked the beginning of RCB’s collapse. Chakravarthy and Narine dominated the spin attack, leaving RCB’s top-order in disarray at 61/5.
Despite Michael Bracewell and Dinesh Karthik’s efforts to steady the innings, RCB continued to lose wickets. Debutant spinner Suyash Sharma made an impact, dismissing key players Anuj Rawat and Dinesh Karthik, contributing to RCB’s dismal score of 123 in 17.4 overs. Chakravarthy’s 4/15 and Suyash’s 3/30 were instrumental in KKR’s victory.
Earlier in the day, explosive batting by Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shardul Thakur, and Rinku Singh propelled KKR to a massive 204/7. Despite early losses, Gurbaz’s counterattacking 57 off 44 balls and Thakur’s maiden IPL half-century of 68 off just 29 balls set the stage for a competitive total.
Thakur and Rinku’s 100-run partnership in just 45 balls provided KKR with the momentum needed to cross the 200-run mark. RCB’s bowlers, especially David Willey (2/16) and Karn Sharma (2/26), tried to keep the run rate in check, but KKR’s aggressive batting proved too much for RCB.
KKR vs RCB Score Summary:
- Kolkata Knight Riders 204/7 (20 ov)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore 123/10 (17.4 ov)
- KKR won by 81 runs
Points Table Update after IPL KKR vs RCB Match 9
KKR beat RCB by 81 runs today. With that result, Kolkata Knight Riders gained four positions as they moved from seventh to third position in the IPL points table 2023, while Royal Challengers Bangalore lost two positions to drop down from third to seventh.
KKR vs RCB Match 9 Award Winners at IPL 2023
Player Of The Match: Shardul Thakur (KKR)
TIAGO.ev Electric Striker Of The Match: Shardul Thakur (KKR)
Herbalife Active Catch Of The Match: Varun Chakravarthy (KKR)
Visit Saudi Beyond The Boundaries Longest 6: Rinku Singh (KKR) 100 metres
RuPay On-The-Go 4s: Shardul Thakur (KKR), 9 fours
UPSTOX Most Valuable Asset Of The Match: Shardul Thakur (KKR) 43 MVA points
Dream11 Gamechanger Of The Match: Varun Chakravarthy (KKR) 168 fantasy points
Note: All the prizes carried a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh
Major Highlights for KKR vs RCB Match Today
- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clinch an 81-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
- KKR spinners Varun Chakravarthy and debutant Suyash Sharma lead the charge.
- KKR set a massive target of 204/7, with explosive half-centuries from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Shardul Thakur.
- RCB’s chase starts strong with Virat Kohli and Faf Du Plessis, but KKR spinners dismantle RCB’s top order.
- RCB ultimately bundled out for 123 in 17.4 overs, losing by 81 runs.
- Chakravarthy takes 4/15, while Suyash Sharma claims 3/30 in his IPL debut.
- Sunil Narine celebrates his 150th IPL game with a crucial wicket of Virat Kohli, contributing to RCB’s downfall.
- Rinku Singh and Shardul Thakur’s century stand for the sixth wicket boosts KKR’s total to 204/7.
- RCB’s death bowling struggles, conceding 57 runs in the final four overs.
- David Willey and Karn Sharma are the top wicket-takers for RCB, with Willey taking 2/16 and Sharma 2/26.
- Gurbaz scores a quick 57 off 44 balls, including six fours and three sixes, providing KKR with a strong start.
- RCB’s middle-order collapse sees them reduced to 86/8 in 12.5 overs.
- Thakur’s maiden IPL half-century comes off just 20 balls, consisting of six fours and three sixes.
- Rinku Singh contributes 46 off 33 balls, with two fours and three sixes, forming a crucial partnership with Thakur.
- Despite Bracewell and Karthik’s efforts to stabilize RCB’s innings, they fall short, succumbing to KKR’s spin attack.
IPL Next Match
Its Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Lucknow Super Giants (SRH vs LSG) in IPL 2023 Today on April 7 at Ekana International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow