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Twitter Reactions: RCB finish with just 176 despite AB, Mandeep specials

AB showed some serious class with belligerent hitting.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders celebrate fall of Quinton de Kock’s wicket. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The star studded Royal Challengers Bangalore took the field against the new look Kolkata Knight Riders in the marquee clash at the Eden Gardens. Both sides looked equally matched on paper and hence, the third game of the season seemed like an exciting prospect. The stage was all set with a packed house in Kolkata as Dinesh Karthik and Virat Kohli walked for the toss.

DK won the toss and opted to bowl first. Royal Challengers Bangalore fielded Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, and Chris Woakes as their four overseas players. Meanwhile, the hosts played with Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell and Mitchell Johnson as their overseas quartet. RCB had a poor start to their innings with Quinton de Kock perishing cheaply after scoring 4.

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Piyush Chawla gave the first breakthrough to the Knight Riders. Meanwhile, Brendon McCullum continued to rally his way through in his trademark brash style. He was joined by RCB skipper Virat Kohli at the crease. Surprisingly, Kohli found it tough to get the boundaries going on the day. Much to the relief of the RCB camp, McCullum got the odd ball crossing the boundary ropes.

The 45-run stand between the two players for the second wicket ended with Sunil Narine cleaning up McCullum in the 9th over. He perished for a well made 43 that came off 27 balls with 6 fours and a couple of sixes. Kohli was joined by AB de Villiers at the crease. AB showed some serious class with belligerent hitting. The South African raced to a quick 44 off just 23 balls with a boundary and 5 towering maximums.

Just then, DK pulled off a masterclass by bringing Nitish Rana in to the attack. Rana was hit for a six by ABD but got the very same batsman on the next delivery. The ball that followed saw Kohli perish too after completely missing a yorker. Kohli scored 31 off 33 balls. Wickets started to tumble thereafter. It was a quick 18-ball 37 from Mandeep Singh that propelled the Royal Challengers Bangalore to 176/7 in their stipulated 20 overs.

Here is how the fans reacted to the Royal Challengers Bangalore innings:

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