3 sixes, 9 fours; Shardul (68 off 29 balls) at Eden Gardens; Kolkata 204/7

3 sixes, 9 fours;  Shardul (68 off 29 balls) at Eden Gardens;  Kolkata 204/7

Kolkata: Run rain at the Eden Gardens Stadium when Shardul Thakur smashed the seventh over. Batting first against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 204 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs with the batting excellence of Shardul Thakur (68 off 29 balls) and opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz (57 off 44 balls). RCB target of 205 runs. Shardul Thakur’s brilliant batting helped Kolkata, who were at 89 for 5 at one point, cross 200. Shardur Thakur and Rinku Singh (46 off 33 balls) combined for 103 runs for the sixth wicket.

Shardul’s innings consisted of three sixes, nines and fours. Shardul scored his maiden half-century in IPL in just 20 balls. Shardul also joined Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler for the fastest half-century in this IPL. Shardul Thakur is the fourth batsman for Kolkata to score fifty-plus runs in the seventh or later. The team score reached 198 when Shardul was dismissed in the last over.

RCB won the toss and sent Kolkata into bat. David Willey replaced the injured Topley and gave hope that captain Du Plessis’s decision was correct. In the fourth over, Willy dismissed opener Venkatesh Iyer (3 off 7 balls) and Mandeep Singh (zero) in the next balls. Captain Nitish Rana (1 off 5 balls) and Andre Russell (zero) also failed to shine. After this, Shardul and Rinku combine for the sixth wicket. Both were dismissed but Umesh Yadav (6* off 2 balls) and Sunil Narine (nil*) brought the score past 200 in the last over. David Willey and Karan Sharma took two wickets each while Mohammad Siraj, Michael Bracewell and Harshal Patel took one wicket each for RCB.

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