In the third match of 2018’s Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders started their tournament with a big win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After winning the toss, KKR’s new captain Dinesh Karthik elected to bowl first. The dynamic opening duo of Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock couldn’t give RCB the start they wanted as de Kock departed for just 4 runs.
But McCullum kept going hard with his blistering shots and with 6 fours and 2 sixes, his innings stopped at 43 when he stumps were knocked down by Sunil narine,
Virat Kohli, the captain of RCB played a rare steady knock to start his IPL 2018 and at the other end, the men in orange kept losing wickets in quick successions.
When it was looking KKR will restrict them in a low score, then came AB de Villiers (44) and Mandeep Singh (37). The duo guided RCB to a fighting total of 176 runs.
In reply, it was quite known to everyone that Sunil Narine will open for KKR in this season once again but none would have expected that the bowling all-rounder will once again hit the bowlers all over the park.
Narine scored 50 off just 19 balls which includes 4 fours and 5 massive sixes. After setting the game up for the Knight Riders, they hardly stumbled while chasing down the target.
Watch Sunil Narine innings here-
In the end, Karthik (35*) made sure that he take his side over the line and they started their 2018 IPL campaign with a comfortable 4-wicket win.
RCB 176/7 (20 ov) | de Villiers 44 (23), McCullum 43 (27) | Rana 2/11
KKR 177/6 (18.5 ov) | Narine 50 (19), Karthik 35* (29) | Woakes 3/36
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wickets 1 of 1