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KKR wins toss opt to bowl

KKR wins toss opt to bowl

With a new captain and an assurance at the inclusion of both Andre Russell and big-hitting Chris Lynn after injury scares, Kolkata will be hoping to keep their success rate against Bangalore intact.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have collated perhaps the most impressive group of A-grade talent.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran. Narine's 19-ball 50 (he raised the half-century off 17 balls) laid the impetus that KKR so almost lost in the middle overs into their chase of 177.

His innings gave RCB a flying start with 52/1 in the Powerplay before Narine tied up the proceedings from one end. Narine smacked 50 off 19 balls, setting up a fairly comfortable four-wicket win for Kolkata, who chased down Bangalore's 176 for 7 in 18.5 overs. After clobbering the right-arm pacer for a six over long-on, Narine made room and struck two straight fours on the off side.

No RCB bowler was paid respect at the Eden Gardens as Narine fired on all cylinders against Chris Woakes in the fourth over.




Last year's two of the most successful spinners in worldwide cricket- Kuldeep Yadav (KKR) and Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) will play a major role in their respective teams. He accounted for de Villiers and Kohli's wickets on consecutive balls.

There were times when batsmen around the world were wondering how to pick Sunil Narine the bowler. They had a partnership of 38 runs in 26 balls. Washington Sundar, 9. Navdeep Saini/Pawan Negi, 10. Some decisions in the field after winning the toss and electing to bowl confounded the commentators.

KKR vs RCB Final Scorecard.

Lynn may also be skinny at [3.3] but he's the key wicket and could deliver the profit whether he ruins the match tip or not. Kohli was dismissed on the very next ball as he struggled to face the spinner. This match was also Kohli and Uthappa's 150th match in the IPL.

Match Status: First Innings in Play. 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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