Riding on Kuldeep Yadav’s sensational performances, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) overcame a poor start to bowl out Rajasthan Royals (RR) for a modest 142. The chinaman spinner finished the game with impressive figures of 4 for 20.

At the toss, Ajinkya Rahane had said he was ‘really happy to bat first’ after Dinesh Karthik asked the Royals to bat first. Oh boy, Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler totally justified their skipper’s decision. The duo came all out guns blazing to stun a jam-packed Eden Gardens. By the time the third over ended, the Royals had raced away to 49. Buttler, gunning for his sixth consecutive fifty, had scored 30 of those runs off just 11 balls while Tripathi was playing on 19 off 7.

Andre Russell then gave the hosts the much-needed first breakthrough by dismissing Tripathi for 27. At the end of the powerplay, the Royals were comfortably placed at 68 for 1. The openers had laid the foundation for a good total and it was now the time for the following batsmen to capitalise on it.

However, Kuldeep Yadav’s introduction in the attack turned the game on its head. On his very first ball, he castled Ajinkya Rahane to reduce the Royals to 76 for 2. 9 runs later, he picked up the biggest wicket by sending back the red-hot Buttler for 39. Sunil Narine then dismissed Sanju Samson cheaply before Kuldeep took his third wicket in the form of Stuart Binny to reduce the Royals to 96 for 5.

Shivam Mavi,  who was hit for 28 runs in his second over, then had K Gowtham caught behind as Royals found themselves reeling at 103 for 6. Four runs later, Kuldeep picked up his four wicket by dismissing the dangerous Stokes. A cameo from Jaydev Unadkat (26) then helped the Royals post a respectable total.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:

#Kuldeep bossing the Eden:


#The inexplicable turnaround for the hosts

#some praise for red-hot Buttler

# perfect start:

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