Twitter Reactions: Shardul Thakur's blitzkrieg and spinners' brilliance help KKR thump RCB by 81 runs

Thakur smashed 68 off 29 to help KKR post 204 runs on the board.

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Indian Premier League season 16 has been nothing short of entertaining for fans as the ten teams have put on some riveting cricketing action for fans to enjoy. And the action continued on Thursday, April 6 as Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore locked horns with each other at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

RCB captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and invited KKR to bat first. Kolkata’s openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Venkatesh Iyer started the innings cautiously. While Gurbaz looked in fine touch, Iyer was struggling to time the ball. Iyer's innings was ended by David Willey who destroyed his stumps in the fourth over. Willey struck again in the same over and sent Mandeep Singh back into the pavilion for a golden duck.

Captain Nitish Rana also couldn’t bail his team out of trouble as he departed after scoring just 1 off 5 balls. Gurbaz was the only batter who was looking set at the crease as he played a brilliant knock of 57 off 44 balls. However, RCB once again got wickets off consecutive deliveries as Gurbaz and Russell (0 off 1) were dismissed by Karn Sharma.

KKR were reeling at 89/5 after 11.3 overs when Rinku Singh and Shardul Thakur came together at the crease. Their partnership turned the game on its head as they added 103 runs off just 47 balls helping their side breach the 200-run mark. Singh scored 46 off 33 balls while Thakur scored 68 off 29 as KKR posted 204/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

Willey was the pick of the bowlers for RCB as he picked 2/16 in his four overs while Karn Sharma picked up 2/26 in his three overs.

KKR's spin trio derailed RCB's chase

In reply, RCB got off to a good start as openers Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis added 44 runs for the first wicket off just 29 balls. Sunil Narine broke the dangerous stand for KKR as he picked the prized scalp of Virat Kohli. In the sixth over Varun Chakravarthy cleaned up Du Plessis and sent him back into the pavilion.

Following their dismissals, the entire RCB batting unit fell like a house of cards as they failed to negate the spin trio of Narine, Chakravarthy, and IPL debutant Suyash Sharma. Courtesy of their incredible bowling spells RCB were bundled out for 123 handing an 81-run victory to KKR. Chakravarthy was the pick of the bowlers for Kolkata as he picked 4/15 in 3.4 overs while Suyash Sharma finished with magnificent figures of 3/30 in four overs. Sunil Narine also picked up 2/16 in his four-over spell.

Here's how Twitter reacted:

Aksharasinghhh
क्षत्राणी🦁@Aksharasinghhh
Vintage RCB is back #KKRvRCB (HARCB)
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10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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surajkumar2894
Suraj Kumar@surajkumar2894
Never Forget Vintage RCB will bounce back 🔥 Always RCB RCB Fan's say Just RCB 🤗 #KKRvsRCB #RCB
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10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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Rudra1268
Rudra pratap singh@Rudra1268
Rcb bass dil jeet sakta hai match tho unka bass ki baat nahi #KKRvsRCB #viratkholi #IPL #venkateshiyer
10:57 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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1ProudInd
Shaan OPI@1ProudInd
There have been 3-4 #IPL seasons where #RCB was knocked out of the #Playoffs race thanks to one horrible outing which dented their NRR! #KKRvsRCB
10:57 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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cricketkibatein
Cricket Ki Batein 🇮🇳@cricketkibatein
Mystery spinners is one breed that emerges well through scouting, Varun made his SMAT debut after his #IPL, #India and world cup debut. Now suyash is playing his first competitive game (Fc,list a ,t20) directly in IPL for KKR and has done very well in this game. Hoping for more.
10:57 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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NageshJinde1
Nagesh Jinde@NageshJinde1
Aur kya Ram ke chole kulche! #KKRvsRCB #IPL
10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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PulkitTandon11
Pulkit Tandon@PulkitTandon11
RCB wins a single match out of blue moon and all their fans start posting “WE ARE BACK IN THE FORM” #ipl #KKRvsRCB #rcb #viratkholi
10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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ars_alannn
Arsalan Ahmed@ars_alannn
If fu**ing RCB is an art, then KKR is the picasso of it. #KKRvsRCB #IPL
10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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Manishksingh08
M1🔍🇮🇳🔎@Manishksingh08
So after all the hype by RCBians its Shahrukh 1 - 0 Virat 😜 @RCBTweets 1 jeet hazam hi nahi kar paate 😂 #KKRvsRCB #IPL
10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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ujjawal_mohan
Ujjawal Pratap Mohan 🇮🇳@ujjawal_mohan
Umpiring in #IPL23 is way worse than anything ....!! #IPL #umpire #RCBvKKR #KKRvRCB #SRK𓃵 #ViratKohli𓃵
10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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Vidhyadhar1
Vidhyadhar Venkatraman@Vidhyadhar1
One good match and everyone forgets what RCB is 🫢 #KKRvRCB #IPL #IPL23
10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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CallMeJamesR
James'sR@CallMeJamesR
Magicians showing tricks at Eden!!!!!! #KKRvsRCB #KKR #IPL
10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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sauravsingh_9
सौरभ सिंह@sauravsingh_9
Lord Shardul and Lord Rinku destroying Calculator team 🫡 Lord for a reason🗿 #KKRvRCB #IPL #shardul
10:56 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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kunwar_sam_
कुंवर SAM@kunwar_sam_
After watching RCB performance today: #KKRvRCB #CSKvMI #IPL #viratkholi
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10:55 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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harish_chilkoti
Harish Chilkoti@harish_chilkoti
HaaRCB #IPL
10:55 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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iSRKzMax90
SRK's MAX🦅@iSRKzMax90
Karn sharma is out for 1 run 😂😂😂😂 #KKRvsRCB #IPL KKR OWNS HAARCB
10:55 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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arey_bhai_bhai
Aalooooo@arey_bhai_bhai
RCBs NRR is fucked..... #IPL #shardul
10:55 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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janice_ruth7
okruuu@janice_ruth7
Ok I don't think they are going to cross 100 also #IPL #KKRvsRCB
janice_ruth7
okruuu@janice_ruth7
Ok are we going to be all out now ohhh come on!!! #ipl
10:55 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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_unitedesque
🌹@_unitedesque
96-9😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 #IPL #KKRvRCB
10:55 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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MrDheerajsoni
Dheeraj Swarnkar@MrDheerajsoni
King Kohli Vs King Khan ... Winner - Shardul Thakur.. #ipl #KKRvsRCB #BCCI #IPL
11:13 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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dannyafnan98
Afnan Mohammed.🚀@dannyafnan98
Meri chai ab tak thandi nai huii jitti jaldi RCB haar gaayii.😂😭 @RCBTweets #IPL #cricket #memes #KKRvsRCB
11:12 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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itz_WeKnow_76
WeKnow🇮🇳👣..🇸🇦🧑‍⚕️@itz_WeKnow_76
After a hectic day of winning hearts #KKRvsRCB #RCB #IPL #ipl2023
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11:12 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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Shubhamraj8986
shubham kumar singh@Shubhamraj8986
Highest scorer for #RCB today... Extras: 23 runs Same old story for RCB , weak death bowling with fragile middle order...! #KKRvRCB #IPL #IPL23
11:12 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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yoursbishalg
Bishal Ghimire@yoursbishalg
What a outstanding performance by KKR defending RCB . Congratulations 🎉 #KKRvsRCB #IPL #KKR #RCB #Cricket #ipl2023_war @KKRiders
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11:12 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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Ramlikhithnaidu
Ramlikhith Gampala♔@Ramlikhithnaidu
First Team to get All Out in 2023!!😂😂 #KKRvsRCB #IPL
11:12 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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santhosh_econ
Santhosh Kumar@santhosh_econ
RCB has a habit of producing NRR hampering match every season . Trend continues 😑 #IPL #KKRvsRCB
11:12 PM · Apr 06, 2023
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