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Narine stars as Knight Riders get opening win against Royal Challengers

09 Апреля 2018

Immediately after the finish of the powerplay, KKR skipper Karthik brought Sunil Narine and Mitchell Johnson from both the ends.

The interesting episode of the game, the turning point, arrived in the 15th over of Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings. KKR did lose few wickets, but Nitish Rana (34) and skipper Dinesh Karthik fabricated a 55-run partnership to bring some stability.

Kolkata's innings, in contrast, got off to a flyer as Sunil Narine, the West Indies global, smashed a 17-ball fifty. KKR however were off to a bad start as Vinay Kumar (2/30) leaked 14 runs in the first over, McCullum flicking him down the leg side for a four in the very first ball.

However, the total wasn't enough for the Challengers as the hosts knocked down the target in 18.5 overs with four wickets remaining.

McCullum had entertained his fans with six fours and four sixes.

The mood of uncertainty in the home camp was aptly summed by their assistant coach Simon Katich who termed themselves as "underdogs" against RCB, despite KKR leading the head-to-head record 12-9.

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On the other hand, RCB is again the strongest team on paper with some big hitters like AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Corey Anderson.

De Villiers, who overturned a caught-behind dismissal against Mitchell Johnson on 23, was pouched by Johnson at long-on, while Kohli was bowled by a yorker that squeezed under his bat.

AB de Villiers is the most complete batsman of his time, one who can play shots in every direction. Last season, RCB endured a nightmare at Eden Gardens as they got dismissed for 49 - the lowest by any team in the history of the IPL - in reply to KKR's 131. In the spin department young Washington Sundar is valuable addition along with Yuzvendra Chahal forming a dynamic spin combination.

During the toss earlier tonight, KKR won the toss and chose to bowl first.

KKR vs RCB Final Scorecard. This match was also Kohli and Uthappa's 150th match in the IPL. Two wickets also fell in that over. Kohli is clear at [3.4] but AB De Villiers, after issues with injury, looked somewhere close to his best towards the end of the South African worldwide season and he's the pick at a generous [4.3]. But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Sunil Narine (1/30) got rid of the unsafe Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps.

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Narine stars as Knight Riders get opening win against Royal Challengers