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Kolkata Knight Riders won by 9 wickets
Player of the match: Varun Chakravarthy
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KKR win by 9 wickets with 60 balls to spare

The men from Bengaluru have been dusted away. A perfect game played with absolute laser precision. KKR were on the money from the beginning and once they managed to claw their nails into the RCB outfit, they never really allowed them to breathe easy.

Starting from the dismissal of Virat Kohli, it all followed a plan, that was devised by the mastery of Eoin Morgan and coach Brendon McCullum. A target of 93 was never going to pose any problem to the stacked batting lineup of KKR.

Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer just proved it to tee. Both openers were severe on the poor RCB bowlers, crunching, driving, and pulling them all around the park, whenever they felt like doing so. Gill, coming back after injury showed that he never really left and carried from where he left in the first phase of the tournament.

However, it was Iyer who impressed everyone with his audacious stroke-making. Granted the total was not imposing but the pedigree of the shots was something that warrants a mention. Kyle Jamieson and Mohammed Siraj looked jaded and rusty after coming back off a season playing red-ball cricket.

Might need a couple of games to get going. Harshal Patel, the current purple cap winner managed to cause some nervous moments before Chahal got the solitary wicket of Gill.

In the end, Iyer rightfully hit the winning shot and carried his team to the victory shores, giving a massive fillip to the team's net run rate. KKR need to every single game to make it to the knockouts and by the looks of it, they couldn't have started any better.

So that was all we had in store. Until next time, this is Abhinav Singh and my partner Shashwat signing off. We hope you had as much fun as we had bringing the coverage to you. Join us tomorrow at the same time as Punjab Kings take on Rajasthan Royals, with both teams looking to nudge each other in the battle for the knockouts. Till then, goodbye and goodnight. 
Virat Kohli (Losing Captain): I think it was important to get a good partnership on this surface. We didn't think the dew would come so early. 42/2 odd in five overs, then losing five wickets within 20 runs. Bit of a collapse from there for us. Bit of a wake-up call, might as well have it now. You are expected to turn up and adjust to the format. We have never found any trouble in doing it, But sometimes it can happen. You have to stay with the eight ball because the other teams will be all over you otherwise. He (Varun Chakaravarthy) looked pretty good, I was talking in the dugout. He will be a key factor, playing for India. We need to see performances like this from the youngsters. He is someone that will play a big role for India in the future. We have five wins from eight games. We expect a loss here and there in the tournament. You need to take a loss in your stride as well. We just need to be professional and stick to our strengths. We have confidence in the squad that we will be able to pull things back.

Shubhman Gill:
We were determined to make a comeback. We have made a bold statement and hopefully, we can qualify for the knockouts. We are happy that we were able to execute our plans. He (Iyer) was playing well in the practice matches as well. It felt really good. I was gutted by the way I got out. Hopefully, I will complete the half-century next time. After the powerplay overs, it was good to see Varun and Sunil coming nicely. It (pitch) was slow initially. It was much better in the second innings.

Eoin Morgan (Winning Captain): It is very rare that you perform as today. The timing is great as well. Resumption has excited us all. You need to prove yourself as a team and today I think we did exactly that. (On the toss decision) Yeah, I think it was a 50-50 decision. Didn't think the pitch would change much, I think the bowlers had an excellent day. Collectively, we took the important wickets, AB, Virat, and Maxi, we got on top of them. Playing under Baz and me should not make one fearful. Today is the perfect start which we didn't have in India. It makes us a dangerous side. The heat doesn't like me (smiles)

Varun Chakravarthy (Player of the Match):  I try to access the pitch first. It was flat, Would like to give credit to bowlers who bowled in the powerplay. I like to set it up for the next bowler coming into the attack. There was not much spin so I had to keep it on the stumps. (On the hattrick appeal) I thought it was OUT but I just saw the footage, it was an inside edge. (On India call-up) It has definitely made me feel better. I have got a sense of acceptance. I started at the age of 26 so never knew if I could make it big. It gives me a sense of acceptance. 
10
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94 /1 score
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0
4
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cricket bat icon Shubman Gill
48 (34)
cricket bat icon Venkatesh Iyer *
41 (27)
cricket ball icon Yuzvendra Chahal
1 /23
9.6 Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! THAT WILL BE THAT! Dragged down on middle and leg stump. Iyer rocks onto the back foot and pummels that one past deep mid wicket for a boundary to seal the deal!
9.5 Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! Full delivery on middle and leg stump. Iyer dances down the track and pummels that one back past the bowler for another boundary!
9.4 Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, length delivery on middle and leg stump. Iyer comes half forward and defends the ball down the ground towards the bowler
9.3 Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! SHOT! Full delivery on middle and off stump. He picks the googly, brings out the reverse sweep and cracks it over point for a boundary!
9.2 Yuzvendra Chahal to Venkatesh Iyer, full delivery on middle and off stump. Iyer gets onto the front foot and pushes the ball into the off side towards the man at short extra cover
RCB would not go down to a 10-wicket drubbing. Gill departs after completing his job. Andre Russell, RHB, walks out to complete the formalities 
9.1 Yuzvendra Chahal to Shubman Gill, OUT! CHAHAL HAS HIS MAN! Flighted on a length just outside off stump. Gill comes down the track and looks to go downtown but is not close enough to the ball, meaning that he slices it miles up into the air towards long off, where the fielder settles himself and completes an easy catch!
11 runs required in 66 balls. Can be the last over! Yuzvendra Chahal [1-0-11-0] to bowl his second

A rare chance created in the over and it comes through the bowling of RCB's most successful bowler this season. The team might have only got 92 on board but Kohli still should have backed his premier bowler to open the bowling and push the opposition on backfoot. He might have got this wrong, in addition to the toss call. 
9
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82 /0 score
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cricket bat icon Shubman Gill *
48 (33)
cricket bat icon Venkatesh Iyer
29 (22)
cricket ball icon Harshal Patel
0 /13
8.6 Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, slower delivery on a length on middle and off stump. Gill comes forward and eases the ball into the on side towards deep mid wicket for one
8.5 Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, FOUR! OH DEAR! Full toss on leg stump. Gill gets onto the front foot and whips it towards the sweeper at deep mid wicket, whose misfield allows the boundary!
8.4 Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, slower bumper outside off stump that seems to loop over the batter's head. Gill leaves that one alone and the umpire does not signal a wide as well!
Those only stick!
8.3 Harshal Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, DROPPED! Off pace delivery on a back of a length on middle and leg stump. Iyer goes back and prods it towards the bowler, who puts it down
8.2 Harshal Patel to Venkatesh Iyer, slower delivery on a back of a length outside off stump. Iyer looks to run it down to third man but is too early into the stroke as the ball squirms past the bat
8.1 Harshal Patel to Shubman Gill, full toss on middle and leg stump. Gill comes down the track and punches the ball towards the sweeper at deep cover point for a single
18 runs required in 72 balls. Harshal Patel [1-0-6-0] to bowl his second form over the wicket 

Hasaranga getting a look and feel of what it takes to be competing at the biggest T20 competition in the world. Gill is looking in scintillating touch and it certainly augurs well for KKR's fortunes going ahead in the tournament. Iyer has been brilliant so far as well as KKR look to give a massive fillip to their net run rate 
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