Sunil Narine is the man to be to be discussed after what he did at the Eden Gardens today, a blistering knock from the West Indies all-rounder 50(19). A fitting end to a super Sunday filled with enthralling IPL action. Chasing 177 runs was never going to be easy for KKR, but a solid start from Narine with Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik making superb efforts at the end ensured that KKR achieved the target with seven balls remaining.
Highlights from the IPL encounter between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore:
11: 40 PM IST: KKR have won by 4 wickets
KKR: 177/6, 18.5 overs, Vinay – 6, Karthik – 35 Vinay Kumar hits the winning runs with a boundary of Khejroliya
11: 37 PM IST: KKR: 168/6, 18 overs, Vinay – 0, Karthik – 33
six runs off it and a wicket to end the day for Chris Voakes. He has scalped three today with Russell becoming his later victim. Just nine required of 12 balls from here with skipper Karthik on the pitch for KKR.
11:32 PM IST: OUT! A Russell c de Villiers b Woakes 15(11) Vinay Kumar is the new batsman in
Amazing catch from AB de Villiers to send back Russell who was looking destructive. That was a great effort from AB, running back while avoiding a collision with McCullum to ensure Russell is back into the dressing room. Solid show from Russell who brought the equation in favour of the KKR.
11:26 PM IST: KKR: 162/5, 17 overs, Russell – 15, Karthik – 28
Andre Russell whacks the first ball from former teammate Umesh Yadav to muscle it past the boundary ropes. A fiery start to the 17th over. Another solid boundary off the 5th ball and a massive six off the last to finish the over with 15 runs from it. That leaves KKR with just 15 to get off the last three overs. Terrific batting display from Russell, all shots timed well and into the slog.
11:21 PM IST: KKR: 147/5, 16 overs, Russell – 1, Karthik – 28
Good over by Woakes, a wicket and just 6 runs off it. But it’s too late to be called for a celebration. Andre Russell has walked in to join skipper Karthik, 30 runs in 24 balls shouldn’t be a deal to tough for the two who keep the ability to win blinders on even the final ball.
11:18 Out! Rinku Singh c de Kock b Woakes 6(6)
Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock knew there was some bat from the Uttar Pradesh batsman. RCB took a review and got what they wanted, Chris Woakes after being slammed on the first ball has the last laugh against Rinku Singh. A slight edge as de Kock takes it comfortably. Andre Russell is the new man in.
11:13 PM IST: KKR: 141/4, 15 overs, Rinku – 2 , Karthik – 15
Ten runs off the over with a wicket which will be of rare damage to the Kolkata Knight Riders who are close to target with skipper Dinesh Karthik in the middle. 36 runs required of 30 balls for a victory for KKR at there homeground Eden Gardens.
11:10 PM IST: OUT! Nitish Rana lbw b Washington Sundar 34(25), Rinku Singh is the new man in
Had to wait a bit too long for the decision and the review from KKR went waste as Nitish Rana who tried to sweep slog Sundar was caught lbw. Clever ball by Sundar, a slider that left Rana mistaken. First wicket of the day for the TamilNadu spinner who has had a shambolic outing otherwise.
11:06 PM IST: KKR: 131/3, 14 overs, Nitish Rana – 27, Karthik – 15
Dinesh Karthik smashes two back to back boundaries off Yuzvendra Chahal to make it big from the over. Good over that for Kolkata Knight Riders with 12 runs off it. KKR now require 46 runs of 36 balls as Yuzvendra Chahal finishes his 3rd over with 29 runs without any wicket.
11:01 PM IST: KKR: 119/3, 13 overs, Nitish Rana – 27, Karthik – 15
Kulwant Khejroliya finishes his third over of the day, gives away just seven runs off the over. Two wides a couple and two singles from the over. Kulwant Khejroliya hasn’t lived up to the hype surely but none of the RCB bowlers have today with the likes of Woakes and Sundar all going for over 10.
10: 56 PM IST: KKR: 112/3, 12 overs, Nitish Rana – 26, Karthik – 12
Brilliant over Yuzvendra Chahal, the partnership between Rana and Karthik going run a ball currently with the two batsmen managing an easy stride. only 5 runs of the over form Chahal with an extra. Even at the current rate, it shouldn’t be difficult for KKR to reach the target within time. Rana can however, up the ante anytime.
10: 51 PM IST: KKR: 107/3, 11 overs, Nitish Rana – 23, Karthik – 11
Washington Sundar is not having one of his best days here at the Eden Gardens as he keeps going for runs. Nine runs of his third over with a boundary from Karthik’s bat. Sundar has now conceded 38 runs in his three overs. Rana and Karthik still going strong.
10: 48 PM IST: KKR: 98/3, 10 overs, Nitish Rana – 20, Karthik – 5
Umesh Yadav with another good over for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Just six runs off the over to restrict the scoring rate and up the required rate. Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik are going easy and comfortable without taking any big risks.
10: 43 PM IST: KKR: 92/3, 9 overs, Nitish Rana – 15, Karthik – 4
Kulwant Khejroliya making a good comeback with just 7 runs conceded off his second over. No boundaries, a wide, 4 singles and a couple from that over for KKR to get seven off it. Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik settling down well as they know they don’t need to take a lot of chances.
10: 39 PM IST: KKR: 85/3, 8 overs, Nitish Rana – 13, Karthik – 1
Umesh Yadav has been RCB’s game changer so far into the game. Brilliant bowling from the Indian pacer, he is utilizing his full strength in getting pace leaving the batsmen bamboozled on the other end. His second victim of the day after Narine. Kolkata Knight Riders get only 4 runs off the over from Umesh Yadav.
10: 33 PM IST: OUT! Robin Uthappa c Brendon McCullum b U Yadav 13(12), skipper Dinesh Karthik comes in to bat
Brendon McCullum takes a superb catch and that’s the end of Uthappa. What a catch by 36-year-old that could put to shame any young fielder on the pitch. Umesh Yadav gets his second wicket of the day and two important wickets to get RCB back into it. A thick edge from Uthappa’s bat saw the ball raise up in the air with McCullum making no mistakes.
10: 30 PM IST: KKR: 81/2, 7 overs, Nitish Rana- 11, R Uthappa- 12
13 runs off the over form a much anticipated over from the highly rated RCB youngster Kulwant Khejroliya. Nitish Rana slams him out of the park with a crackling pull and then follows it up with another superb one-handed shot which earns him a boundary.
10: 25 PM IST: KKR: 68/2, 6 overs, Nitish Rana- 0, R Uthappa- 10
Six overs up, the end of the powerplay and the KKR are above the 60 run mark with a run rate well above what is required. In Robin Uthappa, they have a more experienced senior who can be there to guide a younger Nitish Rana. Rana highly impressed for the Mumbai Indians previous season earning a huge bid from KKR in the player auction.
10:20 PM IST: OUT! Narine b U Yadav 50(19)
Umesh Yadav with a fuller to send his former teammate Sunil Narine who was looking dangerous packing into the dressing room. finally some relief for Kohli who was so far witnessing the brilliance of the West Indies all-rounder with the bat. What an innings it was, good till it lasted.
10.15 PM: Sunil Narine walks back after playing a sensational knock of
KKR: 46/1, 4 overs, S Narine 33(12) R Uthappa 0(0); C Woakes (2-24-1)
10.10 PM: Narine is going full guns blazing here at the Eden Gardens. And he’s hitting them cleanly. This is brilliant stuff from the West Indian. 20 off the second over from Woakes which includes 2 sixes and 2 fours. The chase is on!
KKR: 26/1, 3 overs, S Narine 13(6) R Uthappa 8(4); W Sundar (1-10-0)
10.05 PM: Washington Sundar comes into the attack as he goes for 10 runs which includes a last ball six by Uthappa. Gets sight of the loopy delivery, sets under it and smokes it right over the bowler’s head with a clean hit.
KKR: 16/1, 2 overs, S Narine 11(4) R Uthappa 0(0); C Woakes (1-4-1)
10.00 PM: WICKET! Lynn is gone! Woakes gets his man. Brilliant stuff this from the Englishman. Bowls it slower in the air and Lynn just hits it in the air off a one-handed shot only to be caught by the Superman ABD who takes a superbbbbb catch! Incomes Vice-captain Robin Uthappa.
KKR: 12/0, 1 over. S Narine 11(3) C Lynn 1(3); Y Chahal (1-12-0)
9.55 PM: As expected, Narine goes berserk from the first ball as he hit Chahal for a four straight down the ground. He followed it up with a slog over mid-wicket for six. In all, 11 off the over as RCB fear the dreaded night inChinnaswamyy last year.
9.50 PM: Time for some Lynnsanity and Narine’s courage as Chahal starts off things for RCB. Right then, 177 to get! Here we go.
So there it is! After a good start given by Brendon McCullum in the powerplay, the crowd at Eden witnessed some amazing fireworks courtesy the duo of ABD and Virat. in what was his first appearance as captain, Dinesh Kartik did really well as he shuffled his bowlers nicely. 5 out of the six overs in the powerplay were bowled by spinners in which RCB scored 52 for the loss of de Kock. baz was then cleaned up byNarinee as Kohli was joined by de Villiers in the middle. The pair then put on 64 off 36 before Nitish Rana removed both of them in succession as RCB choked towards the end. Mandeep Singh then put up a brilliant show to help RCB reach a competitive score.
The onus will now be on KKR’s batting lineup to chase down this score on a belter of a pitch.
Final Score: RCB 176/7, 20 overs.
9.35 PM: Wow Wow Wow! What a last over we’ve witnessed! !6 off the first three balls as Mandeep hits a four and a couple of sixes before Vinay Kumar got his man. he then scalped Chris Woakes off the last ball of the innings as RCB finished strongly with a good score of 176, thanks to a brilliant cameo from Mandeep where he made 37 off just 18.
RCB: 160/5, 19 overs. C Woakes 5(4) M Singh 21(13); M Johnson (4-30-1)
9.30 PM: WICKET! Sarfaraz is gone! In an attempt to up-the-ante and break free, Sarfaraz perishes. And that’s the end of an innings that never really got going! In comesEnglishh allrounder Chris Woakes.
RCB: 154/4, 18 overs. S Khan 6(9) M Singh 20(12); S Narine (4-30-1)
9.25 PM: Two boundaries in the over from Mandeep Singh against Narine in his last over, as RCB look to go past 170 which is considered to be a par score at this ground.
RCB: 142/4, 17 overs. S Khan 2(3) M Singh 8(6); M Johnson (3-24-0)
9.20 PM: Looks like RCB have completely lost the momentum which Kohli-de Villiers provided. Johnson too slips in another 5-run over as RCB look desperate to reach a respectable total on a pitch that’s looking really good for batting
RCB: 137/4, 16 overs. S Khan 2(3) M Singh 8(6); A Russell (2-10-0)
9.15 PM: In the aftermath of the Rana over, DreRuss slips in another quiet over for KKR against youngsters Sarfaraz Khan and Mandeep Singh. KKR slowly taking grip of the match.
RCB: 132/4, 15 overs. S Khan 0(1) M Singh 5(2); N Rana (1-11-2)
9.10 PM: WICKET! TWO-IN-TWO for RANA! Call it great captaincy or just pure luck, but DK’s surprise move has paid off richly for KKR. Nitish Rana, after being hit for six off the first ball of his over removes both de Villiers and Kohli off successive deliveries. KKR are back in the game. While it was a short ball to get ABD out, the part-timer floated a seam-up yorker which slipped under Kohli’s bat and hit the stumps. Two new batsmen at the crease.
RCB: 121/2, 14 overs. Kohli 31(32) de Villiers 38(21); A Russell (1-5-0)
9.05 PM: A quiet over here from Russell who comes on to bowl for the first time in the match; against the run off play. Just 5 off it.
RCB: 116/2, 13 overs. Kohli 29(30) de Villiers 35(17); P Chawla (4-31-1)
9.00 PM: RCB is milking 10+ runs every over. Kohli too has started breaking his sweat here. After a four in the last over, he flicked Chawla over the fence for six as he finishes off his quota of 4 overs. Things going smoothly for RCB here as 50 off the partnership comes up.
RCB: 106/2, 12 overs. Kohli 21(26) de Villiers 33(15); M Johnson (2-19-0)
8.55 PM: de Villiers survives a close caught behind call. After being given out on-field, he reviewed it straight away, only for the decision to be overturned as replays showed that the ball brushed the pads instead off the bat. He followed it up by a four and a six as the Aussie was sent packing. RCB looking very strong at the moment, KKR in desperate need of a wicket.
RCB: 96/2, 11 overs. Kohli 21(26) de Villiers 23(9); S Narine (3-19-1)
8.50 PM: 14 off the over from Narine. The spectacular duo is turning it on at the Eden Gardens with de Villiers leading the charge. A six by de Villiers followed by a four from Kohli as Narine finishes his third over.
RCB: 82/2, 10 overs. Kohli 14(23) de Villiers 16(6); K Yadav (3-33-0)
8.45 PM: ABD has announced his arrival to the crease with two back to back sixes off Kuldeep Yadav. RCB going strong here, despite losing both their openers. it promises to be a thrilling second half of the RCB innings.
RCB: 66/2, 9 overs. Kohli 12(21) de Villiers 1(1); S Narine (2-6-1)
8.40 PM: WICKET! Sunil Narine has done it for KKR. He’s got rid off the dangerous-looking Brendon McCullum as baz misses the pull shot and the ball sneaks through to hit the stumps. Mr. 360 joins his skipper on the crease. Just three off the over as de Villiers gets off the mark with a single.
RCB: 63/1, 8 overs. McCullum 43(25) Kohli 11(19); M Johnson (1-9-0)
8.39 PM: Just 7 overs in the innings and we’ve already seen 5 KKR bowlers bowl. Mitch Johnson is the latest entrant in the list as McCullum hits him for 2 fours to snatch 9 off the over.
RCB: 54/1, 7 overs. McCullum 34(20) Kohli 11(18); S Narine (1-2-0)
8.32 PM: Sunil Narine comes into the attack and bowls an excellent first over to Kohli, giving away just two runs. kohli is playing a bit slow here, maybe because Baz is moving things at the other end. VK’s strike rate has gone below 70
RCB: 52/1, 6 overs. McCullum 33(19) Kohli 10(13); P Chawla (3-21-1)
8.27 PM: Chawla bowled his third over straight up, which was also the last over of the powerplay. After 5 really good balls, Baz hit the last one for a six over the long-on fence to bring up the 50 for RCB.
RCB: 44/1, 5 overs. McCullum 26(15) Kohli 9(11); K Yadav (2-17-0)
8.22 PM: An expensive over from Kuldeep here as RCB sneak 10 off it. Yadav bowled a full and spinning down the leg-side ball, McCullum missed the sweep and the ball sneaked under Karthik’s legs for 4 byes to go with the wide. McCullum hit the next ball for four, which was followed by a stumping check, but Baz was safe! Yadav finished strongly as he bowled three consecutive dots to Kohli.
RCB: 34/1, 4 overs. McCullum 21(12) Kohli 9(8); P Chawla (2-13-1)
8.17 PM: Chawla finishes his second over, just six runs from it, including a brilliant cut shot for four from McCullum.
RCB: 28/1, 3 overs. McCullum 14(6) Kohli 8(6); K Yadav (1-7-0)
8.14 PM: Chawla is followed by Kuldeep Yadav, as the chinaman finishes his first over, giving away just 7 runs. Kohli’s running has been good as always.
RCB: 21/1, 2 overs. McCullum 16(8) Kohli 3(2); P Chawla (1-7-1)
8.11 PM: A quality first over from Piyush Chawla gets over. After being hit for a four off the ball, Chawla came back strongly and got de Kock out. In comes Virat Kohli at No.3
8.08 PM: WICKET! A reverse sweep top edge, and Piyush Chawla gets his man. de Kock gone for 4(4)
RCB: 14/0, 1 over. McCullum 14(6) de Kock 0(0); V Kumar (1-14-0)
8.05 PM: Four again! A good opening over this for RCB. 14 off it.
8.04 PM: SIX! Top edge and it goes all the way over third-man. Follows it up with a Swing-and-a-miss.
8.01 PM: FOUR off the first ball. Vinay Kumar starts up with a ball sliding down leg as McCullum puts it away for four. As a batsman, you can’t get easier balls than this to face first up.
7.59 PM: The KKR players are out in a huddle near the boundary as the two RCB openers, Brendon Mccullum and Quinton de Kock make their way onto the field. king khan is seen waving his team’s flag from the balcony. AB de Villiers rang the bell for start of play here at the stadium.
7.39 PM: The playing XIs are here:
RCB- Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
KKR- Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav
7.37 PM: “For the first time we have a good balance with bat and ball both. This is probably the most balanced RCB side ever.” – Virat Kohli, Captain RCB
“Should be a good contest. Everything’s been good so far touch wood things go well. This is one aspect of captaincy I have to learn.” – Dinesh Karthik, Captain KKR
7.31 PM: Dinesh Kartik has won the toss and KKR will field first. The overseas stars for RCB are McCullum, De Kock, de Villiers and Woakes whereas KKR is fielding Lynn, Russell, Narine and Mitchell Johnson.
7.28 PM: We are just moments away from the toss. The previous match is won by the hosts KXIP as they beat DD by 6 wickets with 7 balls spare.
7.15 PM: The action is just about to begin at the Eden Gardens, as we get over with the afternoon encounter in Mohali. Good news for the fans is that it has been bright and sunny all throughout the day, but is very humid right now. It’s a Sunday so expect a full house, as over 65000 KKR fans would be cheering Kartik and co. as they take on Kohli’s Challengers. So the big question – Who will win today – DK or VK?
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1. Chris Lynn, 2. Sunil Narine, 3. Robin Uthappa, 4. Dinesh Karthik (c & wk),5. Shubman Gill, 6. Nitish Rana, 7. Andre Russell, 8. Piyush Chawla, 9. Mitchell Johnson, 10. Vinay Kumar/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, 11. Kuldeep Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1. Parthiv Patel (wk), 2. Brendon McCullum, 3. Virat Kohli (c), 4. AB de Villiers, 5. Sarfaraz Khan, 6. Chris Woakes, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Navdeep Saini/Pawan Negi, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, 11. Umesh Yadav