Kolkata Knight Riders registered a comprehensive six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru to keep themselves in the hunt for a place in playoffs.
Thanks to Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn’s whirlwind at the top, Knight Riders reached the target in 15.1 overs. Narine scored joint fastest fifty of Indian Premier League to help his side pick an important win. Knight Riders’ decision to open with Narine and Lynn proved to be a productive one.
The duo pummelled RCB bowlers all around the park to notch up 105 inside six overs. KKR became the second team in IPL history after Chennai Super Kings to score hundred runs in the powerplay. Not only this Narine slammed a 15-ball fifty to take the game away from already struggling RCB. It was Narine’s first half-century in T20 cricket. Interestingly, Narine equalled his teammate Yusuf Pathan’s record of 15-ball fifty against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014.
While Narine scored a breathtaking half-century, Lynn, who returned after a shoulder injury, was equally impressive as he recorded a 21-ball fifty. Both the openers were dismissed in consecutive overs but not before the damage was done.
While Narine scored 54, Lynn chipped in with 50. Knight Riders then romped home losing two more wickets towards the end. Colin de Grandhomme (31) and Gautam Gambhir (14) were the two wickets to fell. The win now takes KKR back to second place on the IPL 2017 points table. Knight Riders now have 16 points under their belt with two more matches to go.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/6 (20 overs)
Travis Head 75*, Mandeep Singh 52
Umesh Yadav 3-36
Kolkata Knight Riders 159/4 (15.1 overs)
Sunil Narine 54, Chris Lynn 50
Pawan Negi 2-24
Result- Kolkata Knight Riders win by 6 wickets.
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime