Sunil Narine slammed a quick-fire fifty to help KKR beat RCB by four wickets at Eden Garden

Sunil Narine slammed a quick-fire fifty to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat  Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in their opening match of Indian Premier League  at the Eden Gardens.

Set a 177-run target, hosts KKR chased down the target in 18.5 overs. Skipper Dinesh  Karthik’s mature innings 35 not out off 29 balls, took the team home with seven balls to spare.
Narine did for KKR what Lokesh Rahul had done in the previous match for KXIP.

Narine  blasted the RBC bowling and scored 50 of just 17 balls.  He smashed the blowers all across the park and brought down the asking rate heavily. He  made 50 off 19 and was dismissed by Umesh Yadav.  Nitish Rana joined Uthappa.

At the end of power play, KKR was 68-2. Earlier, opener Chris Lynn was dismissed by Chris Woakes for 5 after Sunil Narine bashed Chahal’s first over. After the fall of Uthappa’s wicket, Nitish Rana and Captain Dinesh Karthik rebuilt the  innings. Sloppy fielding and failure to convert half chances cost RCB.

Rana was dismissed for 34 off 25 balls. Karthik was joined by Rinku Singh. By the end  of 15 overs, KKr was at 141-4.Andre Russell smacked two fours and a six off Umesh Yadav as KKR reached 162/5.  Need 15 more off 18 balls. Sloppy fielding and failure to convert half chances cost RCB. Chris Woakes (3/36) and  Umesh Yadav (2/27) shared five KKR wickets.

 

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