Kolkata Knight Riders in their debut match had a head-to-head action against the Bangalore boys. But they launched their journey with a winning start at home against Virat Kohli & Co., courtesy a successful run chase. In chase of RCB’s 176/7, we had the most anticipated blitzkrieg of Sunil Narine’s 17-ball half-century, which allowed the hosts to have their victorious homecoming with seven balls and four wickets to spare.
Narine exhibits his West Indies touch:
The serial RCB wrecker Sunil Narine with 139 runs off 54 balls at a strike rate of 257.40 in his four outings against RCB left a very strong impression on all the rest of the teams. It cant be denied that even after Virat Kohli’s best bowlers in their attempts failed miserably to strike. Kohli had his best bowler – Yuzvendra Chahal – for the nonchalant left-hander but in return got beaten up so bad that at some time Kohli was clearly done with all his bowling options. Narine began with a four and a six and retained that demeanor for the rest of his brief-but-incredibly-effective stay. His opening partner Chris Lynn couldn’t support him with his blitz, but Narine compensated the early dismissal of KKR in Chris Woakes’s second overtaking him for 20 runs. He then proceeded to toy with RCB’s recent recruit Washington Sundar, reaching a 17-ball half-century – his second-best effort in the IPL – by the end of the fifth over. By the time he was dismissed – by Umesh Yadav in the sixth over – KKR had 65 runs on the board, which was almost reckoned as the half job done for the victory.
Nitish Rana & his magical spell:
Its a tale of just two balls where he unbelievably dismissed both pillars of Bangalore AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. AB got trapped by the part-timers through deciding to throw his bat at nearly everything, while Kohli – who’d only managed 31 off 32 till that point – was caught off-guard by a yorker that sneaked in under his bat and hit the middle-stump.
Captain & Rana with their winning knock:
There was indeed an excellent start from Narine but it needed to be consolidated, and after Robin Uthappa’s early dismissal, it was down to Rana and Karthik to take up the task. Kohli’s assumption that pace and bounce will trouble the batsmen on that surface, prompted him only two successive overs for Umesh and left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya. But later part of their attempt, due to their failure to be consistent with the line, was taken apart by Rana. Together, the pair conceded 77 runs in seven overs for just one wicket. With the asking rate slashed, Karthik and Rana dealt smartly with the spin duo, collecting 33 off the 22 balls they faced against them.