IPL 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match Preview

Posted April 09, 2018

That's not an encouraging assessment given the records of Chris Lynn and Andre Russell and the omens weren't positive when Mitchell Starc pulled out ahead of the tournament.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1. While Narine and vice captain Robin Uthappa (13) associated for a 49-run stand for the second wicket, newly appointed skipper Dinesh Karthik, who was unbeaten on 35 off 29 balls, joined hands with Rana for a 55-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Kolkata's innings, in contrast, got off to a flyer as Sunil Narine, the West Indies global, smashed a 17-ball fifty.

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After giving a decent start to the team, Brendon McCullum was dismissed for 43 by Sunil Narine. His knock was assisted with six fours and two sixes.

AB de Villiers is the most complete batsman of his time, one who can play shots in every direction. "As a captain, you're expected to at least go to the playoffs, that's the least anybody can expect", Karthik had said in his first interaction with journalists as KKR captain.

Kohli occupied the crease for over 12 overs but only made 31 at less than a run-a-ball as Bangalore's innings fell flat after De Villiers' dismissal. Filling the remaining overseas player slots are South African superstars Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers along with English all-rounder Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali.

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Lynn (shoulder) and Russell (hamstring) are recovering from injuries, while Narine remodelled his action after his latest pull-up. Sarfraz Khan failed to get going and it was only due to Mandeep Singh that they were able to post a competitive total of 176 runs after their 20 overs. The first of which was hit over the covers and then stepped out the very next ball to hit it straight back over the bowler's head which is easily cleared the long on fence.

Narine's dominance continued in the next over with the young Washington Sundar at the receiving end. Umesh Yadav eased the tension at the RCB dug-out with two quick wickets. The Vidarbha pacer scalped Robin Uthappa in his next over to reduce KKR to 83/3 in the seventh over. He opted for Vinay Kumar, who was taken for 14 in the opening over of the innings, and gave away 16 in the first three balls of the last.

Narine punishes RCB - again: Virat Kohli must get sick of watching Sunil Narine at the crease, with the Trinadian blasting a vital 50 from just 19 balls to give Kolkata the flawless platform to launch from.

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