Sunil Narine hit the joint fastest half-century in IPL as Kolkata Knight Riders spanked Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets to become the third team to qualify for the Play-offs, here today.
Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t carry on with the same opening pair as captain Gautam Gambhir decided to sit in the dug out for sometime. But his decision of making Narine and Lynn open the innings came in as one of the most perfect ones for the visitors as the two batsmen stitched a partnership of 105 runs in the first 6 overs.
Chasing a modest 159-run target, the visitors romped home in 15.1 overs. The chase was set by Narine’s whirlwind knock of 54 that came off 17 balls with six fours and four sixes. Narine’s had reached his fifty off 15 balls, a record made by his teammate Yusuf Pathan in the 2014 edition.
It all started in the 4th over of the innings when Narine smacked his countryman for three consecutive sixes and then a boundary. The over eventually ended with a total of 25 runs taking KKR’s score to 59. Retaining the strike in the fifth over, Narine then took the attack against Srinath Aravind.
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime