Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine’s big hitting helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) sweep aside out-of-sorts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets in a rain-interrupted Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.

It was a surprise when Narine came out to open the batting with the fit-again Lynn instead of in-form skipper Gautam Gambhir but the West Indian who has been doing the job at the top of the order for KKR this season vindicated the team management’s faith in him.

Pursuing RCB’s 158/4, KKR romped home with 159/4 in 15.1 overs riding on a 105-run stand by Narine (54; 17b 6×4 4×6) and Lynn (50; 22b 5×4 4×6) in just 6.1 overs at a run rate of 17.02.

Narine registered the fastest half-century in the IPL, reaching the 50-run-mark in just 15 balls.

KKR are now second in the points table with 16 points from 12 outings. They play Kings XI Punjab in Mohali before ending the league engagements at home against already-qualified Mumbai Indians.

The morning showed the day as far as KKR’s chase was concerned with Lynn — back from a shoulder injury — smoking Aniket Choudhary for two fours and a six on the trot.

Sreenath Aravind was taken for 26 runs in one over as the maverick pair took the game away from RCB in the Powerplay itself.

Narine was the first to depart, top edging a Aniket Choudhary delivery which wicketkeeper Kedar Jadhav collected safely.

Lynn was castled by Pawan Negi (2/21) who also accounted for the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme (31; 28b 1×4 2×6) while Yuzvendra Chahal sent Gambhir (14; 16b; 0x4 0x6) back in the hut.

Yusuf Pathan (0 not out) and Manish Pandey (4 not out) saw the out the win for the men in purple.

Earlier, Travis Head’s pyrotechnics towards the end of the innings helped Royal Challengers Bangalore erase a top order collapse to post 158/6 in 20 overs

Mandeep Singh (52; 43b 4×4 1×6) also played well to graft the innings after the big three of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers failed to contribute.

Head (75 off 47 not out), who is playing in place of Shane Watson, and Mandeep stitched together a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket to stem RCB’s rot and at the end it was about the Australian’s big hitting.

While Mandeep took time to steady the ship and pace his innings to perfection, Head saved his shots for the last smashing Ankit Rajpoot and Chris Woakes for two sixes in consecutive overs to up the run rate. In the last over, Head tonked Umesh Yadav (3/36) for two sixes and a four on the trot to take away 21 runs.

Put in to bat, Gayle played a lazy shot first ball of the match for Gambhir to complete the simplest of catches at short cover off Umesh’s bowling.

Mandeep looked to take on Chris Woakes, opening the bowling in place of injured Nathan Coulter-Nile, hitting the England pacer for a four and a six off back-to-back deliveries.

Kohli’s (5; 9b; 0x4, 0x6) poor form continued unabated as the India captain could not make the most of his reprieve when Piyush Chawla grassed him at mid-off to get out in the very next ball. He fell to Umesh’s slower delivery with the ball striking his back foot for a plumb leg before wicket decision.

Narine sent De Villiers (10; 8b 2×4 0x6) back in his first over with the out of form South African shuffling across the crease to miss the ball completely and losing his stumps as a result.

Mandeep and Head took almost nine overs to engineer a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket. There was a period where RCB could not find the fence for five overs before Head pulled Ankit Rajpoot behind square leg for four.

Play was stopped for around 38 minutes after which Mandeep brought up his half century but the interruption in their partnership saw Narine taking the prized wicket of Mandeep.

Kedar Jadhav holed out to Umesh who ran from long off to pouch the ball to help Chris Woakes grab a wicket. Negi added just five runs to the total before falling to Umesh in the final over. (IANS Match Report)

 

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Knight Riders

 

15.1: Manish Pandey punches ball from Negi to square of the wicket for 2 runs; KKR wins by 6 wickets

07: 32 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, KKR 157/4

14.6: Dot to end the over

14.5: WIDE!

14.5: Pathan plays another dot

14.4: Another dot to Pathan

14.3: Pathan plays a dot

14.2: Yusuf Pathan is the new batsman, starts with a dot

14.1: WICKET! Gambhir 14(16) departs, hands an easy catch to Negi at short cover; KKR 156/4

07: 28 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, KKR 156/3

13.6: Gambhir takes a single off the last ball to short third man

13.5: Pandey takes a single to deep square leg

13.4: Gambhir takes a single to backward point

13.3: Manish Pandey is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a single to sweeper cover

13.2: WICKET! Grandhomme 31(28) comes down the pitch misses the ball, easy stumping by Kedar Jadhav

13.1: Negi continues, Grandhomme plays a dot

07: 24 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, KKR 152/2

12.6: Grandhomme takes a single to deep mid wicket; will retain strike

12.5: SIX! Grandhomme picks the tossed up delivery by Head and lofts the ball over long off for maximum

12.4: Gambhir takes a single to sweeper cover

12.3: Grandhomme takes a single to long on

12.2: Gambhir takes a single to long off

12.1: Travis Head into the attack, starts with a single to Grandhomme to mid wicket

07: 22 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, KKR 141/2

11.6: Grandhomme takes a single to sweeper cover

11.5: Gambhir takes a single to square leg

11.4: Grandhomme takes a quick single (Leg Byes)

11.3: Another dot ball to Grandhomme

11.2: Grandhomme plays a dot

11.1: Cahal into the attack, starts with a couple to Grandhomme to deep square leg

07: 18 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, KKR 136/2

10.6: Grandhomme takes a single to long on for a single

10.5: Grandhomme cuts to backward point for 2 runs

10.4: Grandhomme pushes the ball back to Negi; no run

10.3: FOUR! Grandhomme cuts the wide ball to square of the wicket boundary

10.2: Gambhir plays in the air to long on for a single

10.1: Pawan Negi continues, takes Gambhir takes a couple to deep square leg

07: 14 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, KKR 126/2

9.6: SIX! Grandhomme pulls the short ball over deep mid wicket

9.5: Gambhir takes a single to cover point 

9.4: Grandhomme takes a single to long on

9.3: Leg Byes (2 run)

9.2: Gambhir takes a single to sweeper cover

9.1: Badree into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Gambhir

07: 10 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, KKR 115/2

8.6: Head bowls the final ball, it’s a dot

8.5: Gambhir cuts to backward point for a single. Choudhary is struggling, he is getting off the ground

8.4: Gambhir plays a dot ball

8.3: Grandhomme takes a single to fine leg

8.2: Grandhomme takes 2 runs to mid on

8.1: Aniket Choudhary into the attack, starts with a single to Gambhir

07: 04 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, KKR 110/2

7.6: Gambhir takes a single of the last ball

7.5: Grandhomme takes a single

7.4: Gambhir gets off the mark with a single to long on

7.3: WICKET! Chris Lynn is bowled by Pawan Negi

7.2: Grandhomme takes a single to long off

7.1: Pawan Negi into the attack starts with a couple to Lynn; Fifty for Chris Lynn

07: 00 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, KKR 105/1

6.6: Grandhomme plays another dot

6.5: Grandhomme plays another dot ball to point; good bowilng by Choudhary

6.4: Grandhomme plays another dot

6.3: Another dot ball by Choudhary

6.2: Colin de Grandhomme is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

6.1: WICKET! Sunil Narine 54(17) knicks the well directed bouncer by Aniket Choudhary to keeper Kedar Jadhav; KKR 105/1 

06: 53 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, KKR 105/0. End of Power Play

5.6: Lynn ends the over with SIX over deep square leg. HUNDRED up for KKR

5.5: Lynn plays a dot

5.4: Lynn gets a top edge to fine leg for another 2 runs

5.3: Lynn takes a couple to deep square leg

5.2: FOUR! Lynn goes inside out to sweeper cover boundary

5.1: SIX! Chris Lyn welcomes Chahal with a six over mid on

06: 49 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, KKR 85/0

4.6: FOUR! Narine finishes the over with a boundary to sweeper cover

4.5: SIX! Narine crcunches the ball over long on; that is the fastest FIFTY in IPL

4.5: WIDE! Two in a row by Arvind

4.5: WIDE!

4.4: FOUR! Low full toss from Arvind, Narine sends the ball to mid wicket boundary

4.3: FOUR! Narine goes back into the crease and slaps the ball to straight boundary

4.2: FOUR! Narine picks the short off cutter from Arvind and hammers it to long off

4.1: S Arvind into the attack, Narine takes 2 runs to sweeper cover

06: 45 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, KKR 59/0

3.6: Narine takes a single to deep mid wicket

3.5: Narine takes a couple to long off

3.4: FOUR! Badree bowls short, Narine pulls the ball to fine leg boundary

3.3: SIX! Badree does it again; Hat-Trick of sixes

3.2: SIX! Two in a row for Narine, again over long on

3.1: Badree is welcomed with a huge SIX by Narine over  long off

06: 40 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, KKR 34/0

2.6: FOUR! Lynn ends the over with a boundary to deep extra cover

2.5: Dot ball to Lynn

2.4: SIX! Lynn comes down the track and hammers Chahal over straight boundary

2.3: Lynn plays a dot

2.2: FOUR! A little short and Lynn cuts the ball to sweeper cover

2.1: Chahal into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Lynn

06: 37 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, KKR 20/0

1.6: Lynn takes a single to point; he retains the strike

1.5: Lynn plays a dot

1.4: Badree takes a single to mid on; Lynn back in the strike

1.3: DROPPED! Badree gets off the mark with a FOUR to third man; 

1.2: Another dot ball

1.1: Badree into the attack, starts with a do to Narine

06: 34 PM IST | 1 over bowled, KKR 14/0

0.6: Dot to end the over

0.5: Dot ball

0.4: SIX! Lynn goes over  long on

0.3: FOUR! Lynn hammers the ball to long-on boundary

0.2: FOUR! Chris Lynn gets off the mark with a boundary to mid wicket

0.1: Aniket Choudhary to start the bowling attack for RCB; Chris Lynn plays a dot

06: 28 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Kolkata Knight Riders openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn are in the middle

06: 16 PM IST | 20 over bowled RCB 158/6. It is a good competitive total on M Chinnaswamy Stadium

19.6: FOUR! Travis Head finishes the RCB inning with a boundary to deep square leg

19.5: SIX! Two in a row for Head, picks the slow ball from Umesh Yadav and sends it over long off boundary

19.4: SIX! Head gets on one knee and the ball disappears into the crowd  for a huge six

19.3: WICKET! Pawan Negi 5(3) launches the ball up in the orbit, Chris Lynn takes a very good catch at short mid off. RCB 146/6

19.2: FOUR! Negi hammers the ball to sweeper cover boundary

19.1: Umesh Yadav to bowl the last bowler, starts with a single to mid wicket for Head

06: 09 PM IST | 19 over bowled RCB 137/5

18.6: Head takes a single to short fine leg

18.5: SIX! Head shuffles to off stump and lofts the ball over long off boundary for maximum

18.4: Head takes a couple to long off; FIFTY for Travis Head

18.4: WIDE!

18.3: Pawan Negi gets off the mark with a single to sweeper cover

18.2: Head drives to sweeper cover for a single

18.1: WICKET! Fuller delivery outside the off stump by Woakes, Kedar Jadhav 8(9) hands an easy catch to Umesh Yadav at long off boundary. RCB 125/5

06: 03 PM IST | 18 over bowled RCB 125/4

17.6: SIX! Head picks the fuller delivery from Rajpoot over mid wicket for maximum

17.5: Jadhav takes a single to mid off; very well bowled over so far by Rajpoot

17.4: Head drives to long off for a single

17.3: Jadhav pulls the short ball to deep mid wicket for a single

17.2: Head takes a single to silly point

17.1: Rajpoot into the attack, starts with a wide yorker to Head; no run

05: 57 PM IST | 17 over bowled RCB 115/4

16.6: FOUR! Jadhav pulls the short ball to fine leg boundary

16.5: Head takes a single to backward point

16.4: Head plays a dot ball; times the ball very well along the ground to point fielder

16.3: Jadhav takes a single to mid on; not very convincing from Jadhav

16.2: Jadhav plays a dot ball; well directed short ball from Woakes

16.1: Woakes into the attack, starts with a single to Head square of the wicket

05: 52 PM IST | 16 over bowled RCB 108/4

15.6: Jadhav plays another dot

15.5: Jadhav plays a dot; sharp turn for Narine

15.4: Head pulls the ball to deep mid wicket for a single

15.3: Kedar Jadhav gets off the mark with a single to long off

15.2: Head takes a single to mid wicket

15.1: WICKET! Narine into the attack, Mandeep sweeps and lofts the ball in the air; good catch in the deep by Umesh Yadav. RCB lose set batsman Mandeep Singh 52(43), RCB 105/4

05: 46 PM IST | 15 over bowled RCB 105/3

14.6: Mandeep takes a single to square of the wicket off the last ball of the over

14.5: Mandeep plays to mid wicket for 2 runs; FIFTY for Mandeep Singh

14.4: Head pulls the short ball to deep square leg for a single; that was the knuckle ball from Grandhomme

14.3: Mandeep drives to cover for a single

14.2: Grandhomme back in the attack, starts with a dot ball to Mandeep 

05: 41 PM IST | Players are back in the field, it’s game on at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru

05: 30 PM IST | GOOD NEWS! Covers are off the field, match resumes at 05:45 PM IST

05: 15 PM IST | It has started to drizzle at It has started to drizzle at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, covers come on the pitch; RCB 100/3 (14.1 overs)

 

14.1: FOUR! Mandeep Singh welcomes Grandhomme with a handsome late cut behind point; HUNDRED  up for RCB.

05: 06 PM IST | 14 over bowled RCB 96/3

13.6: Mandeep takes a single to mid wicket off the last ball

13.5: Head takes a single to  backward point

13.4: SIX! Head plays against the spin, uses the room and lands the ball over mid wicket for maximum

13.3: Mandeep cuts to cover for a single

13.2: Head takes a couple to deep mid-wicket

13.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, starts with a single to Head

05: 01 PM IST | 13 over bowled RCB 83/3

12.6: Head takes a single off the las ball to mid on

12.5: Head cuts to deep extra cover for a couple

12.4: Mandeep guides the fuller delivery to backward square leg for a single

12.3: Mandeep plays a dot

12.2: Head takes a single to mid-wicket

12.1: Colin de Grandhomme into the attack, starts with a single to cover point to Mandeep

04: 56 PM IST | 12 over bowled RCB 78/3

11.6: FOUR! Head guides the short ball to backward square leg 

11.5: Mandeep takes a single to point

11.4: Head takes a single to short fine leg

11.3: Swing and a miss for Head; good change of pace by Rajpoot

11.2: Mandeep takes a single to mid off

11.1: Rajpoot continues, Mandeep cuts along the ground to point. No run

04: 52 PM IST | 11 over bowled RCB 71/3

10.6: Head places the ball to deep extra cover for 2 runs off the last ball

10.5: Head flicks off the backfoot to backward square leg for 2 runs

10.4: Mandeep takes a single to long on

10.3: Head takes a single to long off

10.2: Mandeep pulls the ball to long on for a single

10.1: Piyush Chawla into the attack, Head flicks to backward square leg for a single

04: 48 PM IST | 10 over bowled RCB 63/3

9.6: Leg byes (1 run); that was a close call for Lbw

9.5: Mandeep plays of the pads to square leg

9.4: Head drives on the up to cover for a single

9.3: Head plays a dot ball

9.2: Mandeep takes a single to deep square leg

9.1: Rajpoot continues, starts with a dot ball to Mandeep 

04: 42 PM IST | 9 over bowled RCB 59/3

8.6: Head plays a dot to end the over

8.5: Mandeep plays backfoot drive to sweeper cover for a single

8.4: Head takes a single to long on; Head and Mandeep trying to build the RCB innings

8.3: Mandeep reaches to the pitch of the ball to guide the ball to mid wicket for a single

8.2: Head takes a single to long on

8.1: Piyush Chawla into the attack, starts with a single to Mandeep to long on

04: 39 PM IST | 8 over bowled RCB 54/3

7.6: Mandeep takes a quick single to cover

7.5: Head gets an inside edge, ball goes to fine leg for a single

7.4: Mandeep drags the ball to backward square leg for a single

7.3: Head takes a single to mid off

7.2: Head plays a dot ball

7.1: Ankit Rajpoot into the attack, starts with a single to Mandeep to long on

04: 34 PM IST | 7 over bowled RCB 49/3

6.6: Single for Mandeep of the last ball to long off

6.5: FOUR! Width on offer, Mandeep plays late cut to square of the wicket boundary

6.4: Mandeep pushes the ball back to bowler, no run

6.3: Head takes a single to short cover

6.2: Head places the ball to long on for a quick 2 runs

6.1: Narine continues, Mandeep drives to long off for a single

04: 30 PM IST | 6 over bowled RCB 40/3. End of Power Play

5.6: Head plays a dot to point; slow ball from Umesh

5.5: Travis Head gets off the mark with a FOUR to mid wicket

5.4: Travis Head plays a dot

5.3: Mandeep drives the ball to long on for a single

5.2: Mandeep plays another dot; Umesh Yadav is firing at some serious pace

5.2: WIDE! Umesh drifts to leg side

5.1: Umesh Yadav in the attack, starts with a dot ball to Mandeep

04: 26 PM IST | 5 over bowled RCB 34/3

4.6: Dot ball to end the over

4.5: Travis Head is the new batsman, starts with a dot

4.4: WICKET! de Villiers is bowled by Narine; he gets his revenge; RCB 34/3

4.3: FOUR! de Villiers punches to sweeper cover boundary

4.2: de Villiers plays a dot

4.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, starts with a single to long-on

04: 19 PM IST | 4 over bowled RCB 29/2

3.6: FOUR! de Villiers finishes the over with a boundary to mid wicket

3.5: de Villiers gets off the mark with 2 runs to leg side

3.4: de Villiers pushes the ball to bowler, no run

3.3: AB de Villiers plays a dot ball; very well directed short bouncer by Woakes

3.2: Mandeep picks a quick single

3.1: Chris Woakes continues, Mandeep picks 2 runs to mid wicket

04: 15 PM IST | 3 over bowled RCB 20/2

2.6: Dot ball to end the over for Umesh Yadav

2.5: WICKET! Virat Kohli 5(9)won’t survive now, Umesh Yadav picks him Lbw

2.4: DROPPED! Kohli tries to lioft over long off, Piyush Chawla drops. 2 runs to Kohli

2.3: Mandeep takes a single to third man

2.2: FOUR! A fraction short from Umesh and Mandeep goes to backfoot and guides the ball to fine leg boundary

2.1: Umesh Yadav continues, starts with a single to Kohli to third man

04: 09 PM IST | 2 overs bowled RCB 12/1

1.6: SIX! Mandeep picks tthe good length ball from Woakes and lofts it over his head for a straighht maximum

1.5: FOUR! Mandeep gets off the mark with a boundary to deep backward point; first boundary fort RCB as well

1.4: Mandeep plays to point, no run

1.3: Another dot to Mandeep, good bounce off the pitch for Woakes

1.2: Mandeep plays a dot

1.1: Chris Woakes into the attack, starts with a quick single to Kohli to point

04: 05 PM IST | 1 over bowled RCB 1/1

0.6: Kohli gets off the mark with a single to backward point

0.5: Another dot to shot cover by Kohli

0.4: Kohli plays another dot, good line and length from Umesh Yadav

0.3: Kohli plays another dot

0.2: Virat Kohli is the new batsman, lets the ball past him to wicketkeeper for a dot ball

0.1: WICKET! Little movement off the pitch and  Gayle 0(1) gets a leading edge to Gautam Gambhir at short cover; RCBs slide continues

03: 58 PM IST | MATCH BEGINS! Both the #RCB openers Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle are in the middle

03: 40 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for RCB and KKR

Team Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav (w), Pawan Negi, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal

Team Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson (w), Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Sunil Narine, Ankit Rajpoot, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav

03: 31 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Kolkata Knight Riders Captain Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

03: 28 PM IST | OVERVIEW! KKR are eagerly awaiting the services of Chris Lynn who has practised recently and is expected to be back by May 9. The hamstring injury to in-form top order bat Robin Uthappa is a cause of worry too. The Karnataka dasher missed out the last game and it is unclear whether he will take a part on Sunday as well.

Sunil Narine’s opening experiment is slowly starting to fall off and if Gambhir and Manish Pandey has a bad day, it could well be down to Yusuf Pathan, who is in poor form.

RCB, on the other hand, have been the biggest disappointment of this year’s IPL. Virat Kohli’s rock-bottom team have been bowled out four times this season and have just five points to show for from 12 matches.

Unlike the previous seasons, RCB’s batting has been the biggest disappointment with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli himself not stepping up.

RCB’s two leg-spinners spinners — Samuel Badree (9 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (13 wickets) have been the only ones who stood up and KKR would be way of that threat.

Unlike the previous seasons, RCB’s batting has been the biggest disappointment with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli himself not stepping up.

RCB’s two leg-spinners spinners — Samuel Badree (9 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (13 wickets) have been the only ones who stood up and KKR would be way of that threat.

03: 25 PM IST | Hello and welcome to the live blog for Match 47 of IPL 2017 played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders

First Published | 7 May 2017 3:04 PM
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