A strong all-round performance for KKR to kick-off their campaign. Yes, it has become a really good wicket.

Fellow Aussie Mitchell Johnson will look to fill the void as will England all-rounder Tom Curran who has been roped in as Starc's replacement. I wouldn't see myself as opening batsmen. And they did it in style.

Live cricket score - RCB vs KKR, Match 29, IPL 2018 . The Kiwi was running in from long on, while De Villiers came in from long off, instead of a collision there is slight nudge with De Villiers tumbling over but more importantly with the ball safely in his grasps. RCB's woes continue as the bowlers yet again struggled to defend a decent target. Of all the bowlers, Yuzvendra Chahal has bowled well but the visitors haven't lost a wicket so far. Nitish Rana clean bowls Virat Kohli! Kohli b Nitish Rana 31(33). Taken by Vinay Kumar. Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL opening matches in last six seasons: Updated Date: April 09, 2018 00:03:31 IST, Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore LIVE SCORE (t20), Australia in England, 3 T20I Series, 2020, IPL 2020 Highlights, KKR vs RCB Match, Full Cricket Score: Kohli, Gurkeerat guide Bangalore to comfortable eight-wicket win over Kolkata, IPL 2020: Lockie Ferguson-inspired KKR aim to consolidate spot in top four against Virat Kohli's RCB, IPL 2020: Structured bowling plans, depth in bowling stocks have made Virat Kohli's RCB a winning team. Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of KKR vs RCB, 3rd Match, Apr 08, Indian Premier League, 2018 on Cricbuzz . Gets the front leg out of his way to squash it down the ground to give Kolkata a win. He was holding his back when he got off the field... he's going off now. Hard to say what the problem is. Only ABD could have made the catch look so simple. RCB have always been weak when it comes to their bowling unit. AB's slog doesn't come off skies it high in the air and Mitchell Johnson does well to hold on to it. Also, let's not forget the efforts of Sunil Narine and Dinesh Karthik. OUT! A statement I never thought I would say! Two more overs of powerplay remaining. … Narine has smashed 50 off just 17 balls! Andre Russell comes on to bowl his third over and bags his third wicket, with Mandeep Singh holing out to Shivam Mavi at deep mid wicket. The match may have gone down to the last over but they seemed ahead in the game. Chris Lynn stroked a fine 62* to help KKR to a 6-wicket win.

Right then, KKR in a tea huddle. The trio of Lynn, Russell and Narine, who are their obvious choice as foreigners, are coming back from respective setbacks. Big change for RCB -AB is sick, Southee replaces him. This time though, with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar and Tim Southee, they have looked to plug the gap. RCB lose second wicket. Dinesh Karthik and Virat Kohli, captain of KKR and RCB. Don't quite know why Russell was in such a hurry to get to the target, swinging after every delivery. RCB - 176/7 KKR - 177/6. TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 9, 2018, 10:21 IST . As for the hosts, KKR will miss the services of Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc who has been ruled out with injured right shin. The ball turns back in sharply crashing into middle and off stump. Andre Russell is running a rampage here. Fine returns with the ball and some good effort on the field. Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets. Sunil Narine changed things right at the start with a blitzkrieg of an innings smashing a half-century off 17 balls. Dinesh Karthik has called it right and Kolkata Knight Riders will bowl first. Sarfaraz's struggle comes to an end. he has got the wickets of AB anf Kohli off consecutive deliveries.

Murugan Ashwin makes a good start to his season. Lynn (shoulder) and Russell (hamstring) are recovering from injuries, while Narine remodelled his action after his latest pull-up. A well-rested Kohli, who is the only player to have represented the same franchise for 11 years, will also get help from India's 2011 World Cup winning duo of Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra as batting and bowling coaches respectively, in addition to retaining Daniel Vettori as their head coach.

As per the par score, KKR are 11 runs ahead. We all play for the crowd and we love to play for this team and this fantastic crowd. Despite getting a good connection, he could manage it only to the fielder in the deep. Commentary Summary . And Virat Kohli is playing another fine innings here. RCB's poor fielding isn't doing their case any good either. KKR have kept faith in legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis who is the head coach along with Aussie Simon Katich as batting coach only roping in Zimbabwean Heath Streak to replace Laxmipathy Balaji as bowling coach. His shots are clean and authoritative. He was backing away little too much and had to reach out for the ball angled across only manages to get an inside edge Oh dear! It's difficult for the spinners to bowl on. Then pitches it up and Russell doesn't miss out on those opportunities after the four slams a six over long on. Rain Update:The covers are off. RCB captain, Virat Kohli: I reckon were 15 short. RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton De Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Colin De Grandhomme, M. Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Ashok Joshi. IPL 2018, RCB vs KKR, Match 29: Marks out of 10 Royal Challengers Bangalore continued their downward spiral, losing to Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 29 of IPL… Chris Lynn c de Villiers b Woakes 5(8), OUT! IPL 2018: Match 29, RCB vs KKR – Most Valuable and Liable player of the game ‘Any changes in CSK team?’ – A fan questions Chennai franchise; gets a perfect response. That has hit Rana right in front of the middle stump. Vinay Kumar slaps it straight to deep cover, Sundar had it in his control but on the impact with the ground it just seems to have pop out of his hands. Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wkts. They start their tournament with a win in front of home fans.

They're still in the "good half" of the table, but a win here, against a deflated side like RCB, might be the turnaround they seek to consolidate their spot in the top-four. KKR will now travel to Chennai tomorrow to take on the high-flying CSK on Tuesday. Preview: A new-look Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), sans their most successful captain Gautam Gambhir, will look to outshine a strong Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) led by Virat Kohli in the inaugural match of this season's Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. OUT! RCB register a comprehensive eight-wicket win over KKR to move ahead of MI to the second spot on the points table! Live Score Updates . He will turn into a medium pacer, any minute now. First wicket for RCB!

And the familiar figure of Virat Kohli stands lonely, yet again, in the middle for RCB. Whether there would be pressure, 'yes'. Gets the top edge and it is ABD in the field again, who could have so easily collided with McCullum in an ugly way. Right after the strategic timeout break, de Kock gives the charge to Kuldeep Yadav and holes out to Nitish Rana in the deep. He aimed to clear the long on boundary, but didn't get it from the middle of the bat giving a simple catch to Rinku Singh. They are world class players, if they get going it would been very tough. Kolkata Knight Riders win by 4 wickets! KKR vs RCB. For KKR, the win was a much-needed boost to their confidence. Dinesh Karthik, KKR captain: It feels very good. Virat Kohli is still in the middle but hasn't been striking at his best so far.

Following all the pre-season chatter regarding their team combination, there was pressure on KKR to prove a point. And the decision to sustain the attack against the spinners has led to Quinton de Kock's downfall. Virat Kohli has played another fine hand and helped RCB to 175, something which looked a bit far-fetched after their middle-over wobble. It's very very balanced side. Looked plumb to the naked eye, nevertheless relief for Bangalore.

And that would be of prime importance, especially with no cushion of AB de Villiers in the middle. Vinay Kumar with the winning hit. Karthik, riding high after an unbeaten eight-ball 29 where he clobbered a last-ball six to singlehandedly guide India to a four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20I Tri-series in Sri Lanka, will have his task cut out. Myself included. Gambhir, who led KKR to IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, left the city-based franchise to join his home team Delhi Daredevils, prompting the KKR management to appoint seasoned campaigner Dinesh Karthik as skipper for the 11th edition. We just prayed to God that Narine gets going, he has been doing it for a while, very happy for him. Live cricket score - RCB vs KKR, Match 29, IPL 2018. The M Chinnaswamy Stadium has the sub air system and should be ready for play to start within 10 minutes of of the rain stopping. Kohli collects the winning run with 39 balls left in the chase, which gives his side a massive boost to their net run-rate!

Whatever may be the reasons, shame that we don’t get to see more of Andre Russell in International cricket. KKR are off the blocks with a four-wicket win.

It will be also be interesting see how two of India's celebrated wrist-spinners Chahal and Kuldeep pit their wits against each other. And Narine has his man! KKR's fielding has been the best so far. KKR go into the match with happy memories of bundling out RCB for the lowest ever IPL total (49) here last year, while in the return leg Narine smashed the tournament's fastest fifty (17 ball 54 ) as they made a double over Kohli's side in 2017.

Along with Sunil Narine, even Lynn has some boundaries to show for his efforts today. RCB's woes continue as the bowlers yet again struggled to defend a decent target. And also me and ABD getting out off consecutive balls didn't help. Good hand by Rana comes to an end. Sarfaraz Khan c Rinku Singh b Johnson 6(10), OUT! Highlights. blistering start by Narine in that 177-run chase, BBL 2020-21 to feature three overseas players in playing XI, Jason Roy signs up with Perth Scorchers for BBL 2020-21, It was a do-or-die game for me: Vijay Shankar, The batting is out of order for Rajasthan Royals, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar step up in vital SRH win, Chakabva, Maruma - on standby for Pakistan tour - test positive for COVID-19. Takes aeons to descend but the fielder, Andre Russell, does extremely well to catch that. McCullum goes for a wild cross bat pull shot and misses it completely. I played too many too balls. Can the duo turn on their beast mode? But not much to worry. KKR lead the head to head count by an impressive 12-9 record across 10 seasons. See ya! The challenge has only become a lot more stiff for RCB. KKR have now won 41 matches at home in IPL - the joint second most among all the teams. Woakes has hit high! Uthappa is hitting some sublime strokes. It was the opening game in IPL 2018 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) where KKR secured a victory by 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare. Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Karthik makes the world look foolish! KKR are unchanged. There is no doubt there is a change in the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp. Full delivering that ended up as a yorker that leaves Kohli befuddled in the middle of Eden Gardens. They would be well aware that they didn't play their best cricket today, but would be more than happy to carry two points from the game.