Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Narine, Rana deliver royal blow

Narine, Rana deliver royal blow

Given how De Villiers was batting and with Kohli having gained his flow, the Royal Challengers could well have got past 200.

RCB seem far more balanced than before with the arrival of Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes and Corey Anderson.

Chasing an nearly par score on a juicy wicket of Eden Gardens, KKR went bonkers right at the beginning with Sunil Narine (50, SR: 263.15) getting stuck into the RCB bowlers.

It could be said that those 16 runs off the final over taken the sheen off a superb KKR comeback. Two wickets also fell in that over.

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Dinesh Karthik is leading the Kolkata side this time while Virat Kohli is once again the captain of Bangalore team.

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However, the total wasn't enough for the Challengers as the hosts knocked down the target in 18.5 overs with four wickets remaining. They did that to perfection in a 55-run stand for the fourth wicket before Washington ended it by trapping Rana leg before. 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 unsafe Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps. He departed to Woakes through a superb catch from AB de Villiers when he almost collided with Brendon McCullum, but that bit of theatrics wasn't enough to pull the game back in RCB's favour.

The Aussie Pack: Both Aussies featured for KKR, with Chris Lynn's stay at the crease short at the top of the order, Mitchell Johnson had more success, removing Sarfaraz Khan and finishing with 1-30 from his four overs.

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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. The South African was then on 23.

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Rana, who dismissed AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli off consecutive deliveries, hit 25-ball 34 (2x4, 2x6) as he along with the skipper saw through the critical phase. Javon Searles, who plays for Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, too finds a place along with Mitchell Johnson and Cameron Delport.

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