Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) stunned Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday (April 6) by winning the game in the current Indian Premier League (IPL) season by 81 runs. Thanks to Shardul Thakur’s exceptional 68-run strike. KKR managed to log 204 runs on the board after going 89/5 at one point. RCB then started well and was at 44/0 at times but lost all of their wickets for just 79 runs.
KKR spinners Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy and debutant Suyash Sharma throttled the opposing to share nine wickets for just 61 runs in 11.4 overs. Chakaravarthy was the main start with the ball picking up 4/15 including wickets from Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell. Sunil Narine picked up Virat Kohli and Shahbaz Ahmed.
Suyash Sharma, the mystery spinner, found the best bowling conditions and the youngster showed to return with numbers of 3/30 in his four overs. In doing so, the three KKR spinners shared nine wickets to set a record for most wickets picked by spinners in a single inning in IPL history.
CSK previously held that record, with their spinners hitting 8 scalps up to three times in a single inning. The first such incident happened in Visakhapatnam in 2012 when CSK spinners strangled Delhi Capitals batsmen. Then the four-time champions twice equaled their record against RCB and DC respectively in 2019. Read More: KKR players sing the team Anthem with SRK in the Dressing room
Notably, the encounter between KKR and RCB also set a record for spinners, who took the most wickets in a single IPL match. Aside from the KKR spinners, who took 9 wickets combined, the RCB spinners also took three wickets to bring the tally to 12. This is the most in an IPL game.
The previous record in this regard was 11 wickets and it had happened three times, with KKR being involved in two of those instances.