The action returned in the sixteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) hosting the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the iconic Eden Garden in Kolkata. While KKR were riding a two-match winning streak, RR had lost their previous three games in IPL 2023. Going by current form, KKR will be looking to capitalise on their winning momentum. However, RR look like the stronger team on paper in this intriguing match-up, and the first innings panned out similarly.
Yuzvendra Chahal set the stage on fire as KKR were dismissed for 149/8 in their 20 overs. Venkatesh Iyer remained the top scorer for KKR with 57 off 42, while skipper Nitish Rana was the only other batter who could surpass the 20-run mark. For RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal remained the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/25 in four overs. Trent Boult returned with two wickets, while Sandeep Sharma and KM Asif had one scalp apiece.
Yuzvendra Chahal eclipsed Dwayne Bravo in the list of all-time IPL top wicket-takers
In the 56th game of the premier competition, spin maestro Chahal, one of the best bowlers in IPL history, broke Bravo’s previous mark. Chahal had previously matched Bravo’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium record by taking four wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He continued his amazing streak in the current RR game by dismissing KKR captain Rana to surpass Bravo on the IPL wicket-takers table. Chahal now has 187 wickets compared to the previous record of 183 for Bravo.
Next, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, the Mumbai Indians will be hosting the table-toppers Gujarat Titans in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After a traditionally shaky start to their campaign, Mumbai Indians have gained some momentum; they are coming after a dominant six-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game. At the same time, Gujarat Titans are the team with the Golden touch and will be riding on two consecutive victories.
Here’s how fans reacted to Chahal’s magic:
Chatur chalak chanchal chahal
— $h!va (@ShivaThaku37964) May 11, 2023
It speaks volume of the standard of ipl..he gets hammered all over the park in international cricket
— Sourav Roy (@roy183sourav) May 11, 2023
RCB blood ?????
— CMA Monesh (@Cmamonesh) May 11, 2023
— ????????????? ???????? (@Abhiman72014821) May 11, 2023
But Bravo will remain the greatest T20 bowler
— MSDO7 ? (@Exce63109Shorts) May 11, 2023
Let's laugh on HarRCB for as they didn't retain him ?
— Abuseena (@tellonted) May 11, 2023
He only takes wickets in IPL, He doesn't get in playing eleven when it comes to playing for India in ICC Tournaments.
— kashif khan (@SKashif_khan) May 11, 2023
He never played t20wc ??
— Messi ? (@RohanRanja13282) May 11, 2023