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RCB won by 3 wickets
Player of the match: Wanindu Hasaranga
 
That's it from today's contest then - it promised to be a humdinger and it lived up to every ounce of hype alright! We're now hoping for a 'Super' battle tomorrow, as Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings gut it out in quest of their first points in the tournament. The action shifts to the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai and it promises to be another entertainer. Do join us for our coverage of the same tomorrow, right here on Sportskeeda, while also keeping yourselves up to date with all the other cricketing news and action from across the globe. Don't forget, South Africa and England lock horns in the second semifinal of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup as well and you don't want to miss that either. Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage of this game, one which we hope you enjoyed just as much as we did bringing to you. On behalf of my partner-in-crime Pratyush Rohra, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha calling it a night, while humbly reminding you to mask up and get yourselves vaccinated in case you haven't already. Goodnight and take care!
Not feeling the pressure has surely helped Wanindu Hasaranga alright. And if anything, all the pressure transfers to the batters out there when they're facing his wizardry. He's one of the finest leg-spinners out there today and he showcased exactly why as well. A thrilling victory for RCB as they get on the board - this will aid their confidence ahead of their next clash against Rajasthan Royals on April 5. As for KKR, they will want to look back at their shot selection while also fretting over the fitness of Andre Russell - not much time for that though, with their next clash against Punjab Kings coming in under 48 hours' time!
Wanindu Hasaranga is the Player of the Match for his spell of 4/20 off his 4 overs:

Hasaranga: 
(On the situation he walked out to bat) It was a crucial situation - I tried to do my best for the team but unfortunately I got one four and then got out the next ball. I'm really happy (with my spell) - especially with the dew it was really hard to bowl so I'm really happy with my performance. (On his celebration) My favorite football player is Neymar and that is his celebration (grins). I don't feel pressure - most of the time I like to play freely. That's how I get success.
Faf du Plessis (Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain): Very happy - obviously close, small margin games like that are really important in the beginning of the competition to just set the team and go 'alright that's our competition'. Generally with low scores you don't want to leave it too late but it was really good Powerplay bowling from their bowlers. There was definitely more seam and bounce. Even in our innings a lot of cross-batted shots went straight up. It's nice to see though - in the last game 200 played 200, tonight 120 plays 120 so it's nice. In an ideal world you'd like it to be a little more convincing but a win is a win. (On holding back Dinesh Karthik) Just that experience towards the end - cool, calm head. The runs were never really too far away from the balls remaining. If we kept wickets in hand, that was going to be key. Just to have that calmness coming in still towards the end, he's probably as ice cool as MS Dhoni as you can get in the last five overs. (On having a number of leaders in the side) I rely a lot on other people for help - we've got such great leaders and brains within our dressing room so it would be stupid for me to not use it. I generally like a lot of information and try and see what's the best option. The guys have been helping me well and they've been coming to me with their inputs. It's been great to have such guys in the side.
Shahbaz Ahmed (RCB): Was just looking to bat with some positive intent. Wanted to keep the scoring flowing and also look to take the game deep and take it from there. Could have finished the match but these are the kind of things you learn from. (On batting ahead of DK) Just wanted to take the game deep and take advantage of their fifth bowler. The pitch was helping the seamers a bit more with the grass around. There was some help in the powerplay but plenty of dew later on for the spinners. Just wanted to build a partnership at that stage. Willey and Rutherford maintained a good partnership and from there, I just had to pick up from where they left off and look to finish the game.
Shreyas Iyer (KKR captain): I really found this game exciting. Before getting on the field, I told the boys that this is going to define our character and attitude on the field. Doesn't matter if we defend it or not. The way we fight it on the ground, that will reflect our mentality. Really proud about how we took it till the last over. (On deciding who to bowl in the final over) It was really tough in that moment. I wanted to get my best bowler on to get a few wickets early on. Kudos to their batters, they played it out really well in the middle. At the end, I decided to go with Venky because he has some experience bowling at the international level and I need to back them, especially at the start of the tournament. So, it's really important that they gain confidence to the players as early as possible. This was the game to do so. We came in and spoke about the wicket. It did seem a bit dicey and two-paced at the start, with the odd bounce. We wanted to get off to a really good start, that was the plan. The execution part could have been better. Having said that, we're going to come out with the same game plan in the next game. It's not that we're going to chicken out. We will take the risks and rectify the errors and get the momentum as soon as possible. (On Hasaranga) Wanindu bowled really well. He got off to a good start after my wicket. We decided we'll play him as an off-spinner, but unfortunately bowled good line and lengths. He's an experienced guy as well, and was getting a bit of help on this wicket. It didn't go to plan. Congratulations to him. 
Kolkata Knight Riders 128 all out in 18.5 overs (Andre Russell 25 off 18 balls, Wanindu Hasaranga 4/20 off 4 overs) lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore 132/7 in 19.2 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 28 off 40 balls, Tim Southee 3/20 off 4 overs) by 3 wickets.

Hold your breath folks! This was never meant to go this far. At least that's what we thought, but then what do we know? T20 cricket continues to bamboozle and stump us from time-to-time. And here we are again, at the end of another low-scoring thriller in this format!

KKR had an ardous task on hand but they threw everything into it. Fairplay to them for the same - their bowlers gave it all, their fielders were excellent for a good part of the game but in the end, it was just a battle of nerves and Dinesh Karthik stood tall amidst them all.

With Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee making the new ball talk, RCB were reduced to 17/3 within no time in their chase of 129. All of a sudden, a Vietnam flashback from five seasons ago came screaming back, making all and sundry wonder if something was actually on. And KKR surely ensured it was.

Sherfane Rutherford and the promoted David Willey restored a semblance of assurance, something that the scoreboard and their strike-rates will not explain completely. It was their stand that put the chase back on track and despite the latter chipping one to Nitish Rana, Shahbaz Ahmed came out all guns blazing, dealing in sixes from time-to-time.

In many ways, Shahbaz's innings of 27 off just 20 deliveries was the game-clincher for RCB. With Southee returning to drag the game until the end and with Venkatesh Iyer too having to bowl owing to an injury to Andre Russell, Shahbaz's knock stands out amidst the rest of his colleagues' contributions.

Despite dew setting in and a chaotic mix-up between Harshal Patel and Dinesh Karthik, the latter ensured that he held his nerve to seal the deal for the Royal Challengers, with the team from the south notching up their first couple of points for the season in the process.
Dinesh Karthik seals it! Against his previous team that he once captained, he finishes it without a fuss. It was always in RCB's grasp while he was out there and he shows exactly why. Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets with 4 deliveries to spare!
20.0
19.2 Andre Russell to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! Karthik seals the deal! Expecting the full one from Russell and that's exactly what it was. Stayed deep in his crease to drill down past mid-on to wrap up the proceedings against his former teammates. RCB win by 3 wickets with 4 balls to spare.
FINISHER DK! He's sealed it. He has sealed it of course! Against his ex-franchise! And Russell's down on his knees - not good for KKR! 
19.1 Andre Russell to Dinesh Karthik, SIX! DK LEVELS THE SCORE! Russell is on his knees. Looked to bang it in short again but it's sat up nicely for DK. He's stood tall to pull this convincingly over square leg, where the fielder can only watch this sail over his head. He's coming back to bite his former franchise. In fact, he's delivering the final blow.
Three fielders deep on the leg-side.

Andre Russell [2-0-26-0] is back into the attack. He will bowl over the wicket.
Virat Kohli is elated! He knows how big a result that is in the dugout and an over that so nearly went the way of KKR, has just swung within no time in favor of RCB. RCB need 7 off the final over to win! Who's going to bowl though? Surely Dre Russ, irrespective of how fit he is?
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122 /7 score
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4
0
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cricket bat icon Dinesh Karthik
4 (5)
cricket bat icon Harshal Patel *
10 (6)
cricket ball icon Venkatesh Iyer
0 /10
18.6 Venkatesh Iyer to Harshal Patel, FOUR! Harshal Patel's got the RCB dugout on their feet! Twice Iyer has gone short in this over. Twice he's been punished. This time Harshal's picked his spot and pulled it into the cow corner ropes. No chance for Southee at wide long-on! 
Back-to-back dots! This is getting tense. Any fingernails left?
18.5 Venkatesh Iyer to Harshal Patel, another dot. Pressure building.... Back of a length slower one into Harshal, who swings blindly, only to not connect with it again. Thought about stealing the bye but it wasn't worth the risk.
Priceless dot. 11 to win off 8...
18.4 Venkatesh Iyer to Harshal Patel, DOT BALL! Gets the full and wide yorker on the money, Harshal swings and misses. Gold dust for KKR!