IPL 2018 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview

IPL 2018 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview

IPL 2018 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview

The South African crowd favourite went after the spin duo of Kuldeep and Narine and then dispatched Mitchell Johnson for a four and a six.

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Sunil Narine (50 off 19) - who saw his record 15-ball IPL fifty from 2017 topped by Kings XI Punjab's KL Rahul earlier in the day - gave Kolkata impetus at the top of the order with a 17-delivery half-century, before he chopped the rapid Umesh Yadav (2-27) on to his stumps.

Reminding the KKR fans of an explosive knock of 154 runs against RCB in Bengaluru in 2008, Brendon McCullum started off in a similar fashion but wearing the jersey of RCB this time. The first match will be a good indicator as to how these two sides will fair with their new-look teams this season. Opening the batting, he balsted five sixes and four 4s to unsettle Virat Kohli and Co.

In came De Villiers and took the bowlers to the cleaners in his trademark fashion. The visitors also went in with the attacking mindset and included Quinton de Kock at the top along with Brendon McCullum.

Last year's two of the most successful spinners in global cricket- Kuldeep Yadav (KKR) and Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) will play a major role in their respective teams.

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Kohli occupied the crease for over 12 overs but only made 31 at less than a run-a-ball as Bangalore's innings fell flat after De Villiers' dismissal.

Trivia ahead of KKR vs RCB match: The captain winning the toss opted to chase in each of the 7 IPL matches played at the Eden Gardens last season. He went to the pavilion by scoring 43 runs from 26 balls. RCB were blown away by Kolkata's bowlers a year ago after being bowled for a lowly 49 runs.

Narine's dominance continued in the next over with the young Washington Sundar at the receiving end. As many as 16 runs were leaked in the final over by Karnataka pacer Vinay Kumar who had a forgettable comeback for KKR. He's a fantastic enabler for Kohli, and has been on fire in the KKR practice matches.

It will be also be interesting see how two of India's celebrated wrist-spinners Chahal and Kuldeep pit their wits against each other. Kohli was dismissed on the very next ball as he struggled to face the spinner.

Narine was brought on in the first over after Powerplay and bowled four dot balls to Kohli, conceding just two runs.

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