IPL 2018, KKR vs RCB: Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana script Kolkata win

first_imgNitish Rana put up a brilliant all-round show at Eden Gardens as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 4 wickets in their Indian Premier League opener on Sunday.Rana played a wonderful knock, scoring 34 runs off 25 balls. His knock was studded with two fours and two sixes. Earlier, he had struck two blows in just the one over he bowled, picking up the prized wickets of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers off successive deliveries.Apart from Rana, Sunil Narine scored a quickfire 50 off 19 deliveries in a scintillating opening innings that saw him become the only batsman in IPL to score two half-centuries in fewer than 20 deliveries. He also picked the important wicket of Brendon McCullum.New KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik then chipped in a with a steady hand and took the team over the line – he remained unbeaten on 35 as KKR got home with seven balls to spare. (IPL 2018: Shah Rukh Khan overshadows Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at Eden Gardens)Among the RCB bowlers, Chris Woakes returned figures of 3/36 while Umesh Yadav picked 2/27.Earlier, de Villiers and McCullum scored 44 and 43 respectively while Mandeep Singh smashed an 18-ball 37 to help RCB post 176/7 in 20 overs against KKR.KKR took wickets at regular intervals but in the last over, Mandeep’s fireworks guided RCB to a fighting total at the packed Eden Gardens. As many as 16 runs were leaked in the final over by Karnataka pacer R. Vinay Kumar who had a forgettable comeback for KKR. Two wickets also fell in that over.advertisementKKR’s newly-appointed captain Karthik elected to field and his side got off to a bad start as Vinay Kumar (2/30) leaked 14 runs in the first over, McCullum flicking him down the leg side for a four in the very first ball.The visitors lost Quinton De Kock (4) early, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman trying to reverse sweep Piyush Chawla (1/31) and picking out Vinay Kumar at short third man.McCullum (27-ball 43) and Kohli then joined hands for a 45-run stand for the second wicket. He became only the second batsman in T20 history to breach the 9000-run mark and he breached the milestone when he reached eight.But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Sunil Narine (1/30) got rid of the dangerous Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps.In came De Villiers (23-ball 44) and took the bowlers to the cleaners in his trademark fashion. The 34-year-old smashed Kuldeep Yadav for two consecutive sixes in the 10th over and then hit Mitchell Johnson for a four and a six two overs later.De Villiers survived a Decision Review System in the 12th over when the umpire gave him caught behind but reviews showed the ball missing the bat. He was then on 23.De Villiers and Virat Kohli (31) stitched together a third wicket stand of 64 runs off just 36 balls.Rana then got the back of the duo in successive balls. De Villiers mistimed Rana and Mitchell Johnson took the catch between long on and deep mid wicket while Kohli fell to a brilliant yorker.Sarfraz Khan, who was retained by the franchise, managed just six runs with Johnson (1/30) taking his wicket while Mandeep and Chris Woakes (5) fell to Vinay in the last over.This match was also Kohli and Robin Uthappa’s 150th match in the IPL.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more