Kolkata: The crowd gathered to see Andre Russell’s blast, Shardul Thakur showed his mettle on the field. Before doing anything in bowling, Shardul Thakur thrilled Eden Gardens with his batting. That too in such a situation when trouble was breaking on the team from all sides. Shardul Thakur Royal Challengers Bangalore Presented such a view of explosive batting against Kolkata, which made Kolkata return to the match.
For the first time after 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders came to play IPL match in Kolkata. This match was very special for him. It was not only special but also important for him because he had to face defeat in the first match. In such a situation, it was necessary for him to win in front of his home fans. For that he needed a good performance while batting first.
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Shardul equals Butler
KKR’s top order failed in this task. Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit a strong half-century. Apart from him, batsmen like Andre Russell, captain Nitish Rana or Venkatesh Iyer could not do anything. His 5 wickets had fallen for just 89 runs and in such a situation Shardul Thakur came to the crease. Seeing the devastation caused by the Indian all-rounder after this, KKR did not miss Russell’s early dismissal.
Shardul hit a blistering half-century in just 20 balls. This was Shardul’s first half-century in IPL. With this, Shardul equaled Jos Buttler’s record of fastest half-century this season.,
Just 💞 doing 💞 things…👑💜@imshard , #KKRvRCB , #AmiKKR , #TATAIPL 2023 pic.twitter.com/FEhY9VR7B1
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 6, 2023
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Explosive partnership with Rinku
During this innings, Shardul shared a 103-run partnership with Rinku Singh in just 47 balls. He was dismissed in the last over after scoring 68 runs (29 balls), which included 9 fours and 3 sixes. Rinku Singh caught the pace after playing slow in the beginning and scored 46 runs in 33 balls. On the basis of these innings and partnership of both, Kolkata scored a tremendous score of 204 runs.