IPL 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, highlights: Narine 50 gives KKR 4-wicket win vs RCB
Get highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs (RCB) Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2018, Eden Gardens here. Sunil Narine’s 17-ball 50 helped KKR beat RCB by four wickets.cricket Updated: Apr 09, 2018 00:00 IST
Chasing 177, Kolkata Knight Riders were boosted by an aggressive 17-ball fifty from Sunil Narine as he tore the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers apart. Umesh Yadav took two wickets but Nitish Rana’s 34 off 25 balls, combined with a cool, unbeaten 35 from Dinesh Karthik helped Kolkata Knight Riders win the match by four wickets. Earlier, AB de Villiers aggressive 44 and Mandeep Singh’s 37 helped Virat Kohli’s side get to a decent score but their bowling came undone again. Get highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2018, Eden Gardens here (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)
23:59 hrs IST: That is all we have from here. Join us tomorrow for the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.
23:56 hrs IST: Sunil Narine Man of the Match: Whatever role the teams wants to play, I’m happy to do it. It’s a good cricket wicket, whatever you do on the field, it’s gonna benefit you.
23:54 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik: I felt it was coming too well against the pacers. When AB and Virat were playing it was tough. We just prayed to God that he [Narine] gets going.
23:50 hrs IST: Virat Kohli: I think we were 15 short with the bat. I played too many dot balls and couldn’t get any momentum going. Me and AB getting out in 2 balls to a part-timer was a game-changing event.
23:41 hrs IST: Vinay Kumar seals the match with a boundary as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets to win the match.
23:34 hrs IST: Washington Sundar DROPS Vinay Kumar. That could be the last chance RCB get. KKR should do it from here.
23:30 hrs IST: WICKET - One shot too many. Russell miscues a slog off Woakes and AB de Villiers runs to his left from long on, despite a collision, he still holds on. Andre Russell c AB de Villiers b Woakes 15 (11).
23:26 hrs IST: That could be it for KKR. Full ball on middle and leg, Russell hits it into the stands at long on. KKR need less than a run-a-ball.
23:25 hrs IST: Russell, in his typical flair, wallops a length ball over wide long on for a one bounce four and after some short balls, Russell lofts a full ball over long off for the second boundary.
23:22 hrs IST: The final time-out is done. Umesh Yadav to bowl. Can RCB pull it off here or will KKR coast towards victory?
23:17 hrs IST: WICKET - RCB appeal for a catch but it is not given. They review. Rinku Singh tied to pull a short ball from Woakes and missed it. However, ultra edge shows a spike and he has to depart. Rinku Singh c De Kock b Woakes 6 (6).
23:12 hrs IST: Rinku Singh eases the pressure by dancing down the track and thumping Woakes to the straight boundary.
23:07 hrs IST: WICKET - Nitish Rana hits a six straight down the ground but Sundar traps the batsman LBW with a slider as RCB stay alive. DK is still there though. Nitish Rana LBW Sundar 34 (25).
23:01 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik, showing great composure yet again. He cuts Chahal to deep backward point and hammers a drive to the deep extra cover fence for two consecutive boundaries.
22:52 hrs IST: Good over from Chahal as he concedes just five runs. The required rate is touching 10.
22:47 hrs IST: Low full toss from Sundar and DK dispatches it to the deep extra cover fence. The Tamil Nadu youngster is having an off day.
22:39 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Full ball on off stump, Rana lofts Umesh high into the night sky and it lands safely at long on.
22:37 hrs IST: Khejrolioya and Yadav are pulling things back for RCB. Can they build the pressure?
22:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav gets his second. He is really hurting his former club here. Short ball on off stump, Uthappa top-edges the pull and McCullum takes the catch at backward point. Robin Uthappa c Brendon McCullum b Umesh Yadav 13 (12).
22:26 hrs IST: Nitish Rana is looking in great touch and the target is less than 100 now. Rana pulls Kulwant Khejroliya over long leg and slices a full and wide ball over deep backward point.
22:18 hrs IST: WICKET - Umesh Yadav cleans up Sunil Narine as the batsman looks to drive a full toss with an angled bat but drags it back on to the stumps. KKR are 68/2 after six overs.
22:15 hrs IST: Sunil Narine lofts his fifth six as Mandeep Singh catches the ball at deep mid wicket but he touches the ropes. Fifty off 17 balls. Simply brilliant.
22:11 hrs IST: The carnage continues. Narine blasts a full ball from Sundar past mid off and next ball, thumps a full toss over the ropes for his fourth six. Sublime hitting.
22:08 hrs IST: In the slot and Narine makes Woakes pay again. On the pads and he clobbers it over the stands at deep mid wicket.
22:06 hrs IST: Clean hitting this from Narine. Slow and full ball from Woakes, the left-hander mauls it over long on for a big six. The next two balls, Narine carves a short ball over cover while he slices a full and wide ball past Kohli at cover for yet another boundary.
22:03 hrs IST: Robin Uthappa gets going in style as he launches Washington Sundar over long on for a six. KKR need to build momentum.
21:57 hrs IST: WICKET - Superb bowling this from Woakes. Short and slow ball outside off, it kicks up from the deck as Lynn checks his shot, AB de Villiers runs back from mid off and takes the catch. Chris Lynn c AB de Villiers b Chris Woakes 5 (8).
21:55 hrs IST: Chris Woakes opens the bowling from the other end. He cannot latch on to a tough return chance that is drilled straight back at him but follows up with two slower ball that deceive Lynn.
21:51 hrs IST: Welcome back for the run chase. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn are opening the batting. Yuzvendra Chahal is opening the bowling. Narine starts off with a four and a six off Chahal. The boundary is straight down the ground while the six is over deep mid wicket. Repeat of last year?
21:40 hrs IST: RCB have ended on 176/7. Good total but this is a flat deck.
21:32 hrs IST: WICKET - Vinay Kumar has his revenge but it has been a good knock from Mandeep. Full ball outside off and the batsman hits the lofted drive straight to deep cover. Mandeep Singh c Kuldeep Yadav b Vinay Kumar 37 (18).
21:30 hrs IST: Last over to be bowled by Vinay Kumar and he starts poorly again, conceding a six , four and a six. This could be costly for KKR.
21:28 hrs IST: Last over coming up. Can RCB go past 175? However, this is a flat deck and defending this total could take some doing.
21:24 hrs IST: WICKET - RCB continue to stumble. Full ball from Mitchell Johnson outside off, Sarfaraz Khan holes out to long on. Sarfaraz Khan c Rinku Singh b Johnson 6 (10).
21:18 hrs IST: Ever since the departure of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, RCB have not been able to find the boundary. Mandeep needs to find the boundary.
21:12 hrs IST: Mandeep survives a run-out as Russell bowls another tight over. Can KKR restrict RCB to under 160?
21:08 hrs IST: Mandeep thwarts the hat-trick bid with a paddle-swept four but RCB will not be able to get the finishing touch, unless Mandeep plays a blinder.
21:06 hrs IST: WICKET - Incredible. Nitish Rana is on a hat-trick. Kohli is cleaned up by a yorker from Rana and KKR are launching a fightback. Virat Kohli b Rana 31 (33).
21:04 hrs IST: WICKET - Nitish Rana concedes a big six but next ball, de Villiers miscues a flighted ball and is caught at wide long on. AB de Villiers c Johnson b Nitish Rana 44 (23).
21:02 hrs IST: Andre Russell concedes just five runs in his first over. De Villiers is nearing fifty and so is Kohli
20:57 hrs IST: Kohli now is getting the AB de Villiers-bug. Flighted ball on leg stump, Kohli whips it over deep mid wicket for a big six.
20:51 hrs IST: AB de Villiers is absolutely tearing KKR to pieces. A short ball from Johnson is dispatched to the deep backward square leg fence while a full and wide ball is crunched over wide long off for his fourth six.
20:49 hrs IST: AB de Villiers has been given OUT and he immediately reviews. He looks to run this back of a length ball to third man but misses it. RTS shows no spike and he will survive. The impact is outside off and so no chances of an LBW even.
20:45 hrs IST: Third six in four balls from AB de Villiers. He makes room but Narine darts in a quicker one, de Villiers whacks it over deep mid wicket. Kohli joins in the party by creaming a flighted ball inside out over extra cover for a boundary.
20:43 hrs IST: Superbly done by AB de Villiers. KKR know he has a problem against left-arm spin and they bring on Kuldeep Yadav. However, the South African is in great form and he mauls two big sixes, one over widish long off and one miles back over long off.
20:40 hrs IST: Kohli is struggling against Narine. In two overs, the West Indies spinner has figures of 2-0-5-1.
20:35 hrs IST: WICKET - Brilliant from Narine. Flighted off-break and McCullum looks to slog across the line, misses it and the ball hits the middle stump. Great bowling from Narine. Brendon McCullum b Sunil Narine 43 (27).
20:32 hrs IST: HAMMERED! He has hit that so hard. Full ball slanted in from round the wicket by Mitchell Johnson, McCullum blasts it to sweeper cover for a boundary. Couple of balls later, he pounces on a slower ball and pummels it to the wide long off fence.
20:26 hrs IST: BAM! McCullum breaks the pressure imposed by Chawla by mauling a full ball over long on for his second six. He is looking good for a fifty.
20:21 hrs IST: McCullum finds another boundary with a mistimed lofted shot over mid on and survives a stumping chance. Meanwhile, Kuldeep is doing his best to tie down Kohli.
20:18 hrs IST: Superb shot from McCullum. Slightly short and close to the off stump, McCullum flays his hands like a woodcutter’s axe and hacks the cut past the tiny gap at backward point.
20:15 hrs IST: Brendon McCullum goes past 9000 runs in Twenty20s. He is a Twenty20 giant, just like Chris Gayle.
20:13 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Kuldeep floats this flighted delivery on off stump and McCullum gets a leading edge, it goes just wide of a diving Vinay Kumar.
20:11 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is at the crease and he gets going with a couple. Kuldeep Yadav will come into the attack now. This is an interesting tactic by Dinesh Karthik.
20:08 hrs IST: WICKET - Poor shot and de Kock falls. Fighted ball on off stump, de Kock attempts the reverse sweep but gets a top edge and it is taken at short third man. Quinton de Kock c Vinay Kumar b Chawla 4 (4).
20:06 hrs IST: Piyush Chawla begins from the other end and he is greeted with a lovely, flowing cover drive by Quinton de Kock.
20:04 hrs IST: Poor start for Vinay Kumar. The first ball is a full ball on the pads which Brendon McCullum flick it to the fine leg fence while on the fifth ball, a big top edge goes over fine leg. The last ball is dispatched to the deep mid wicket fence and 15 runs come in the first over.
20:00 hrs IST: Right, we are all set to start. Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum will open the batting. That is a devastating opening pair on paper. Vinay Kumar will open the bowling for KKR.
19:45 hrs IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore starting XI - Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
19:45 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders starting XI - Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (w/c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav
19:35 hrs IST: The four overseas players for KKR are Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Mitchell Johnson. For RCB, it is AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes and Quinton de Kock
19:33 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and chosen to bowl vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
19:24 hrs IST: RCB’s last encounter against KKR at the Eden Gardens was the stuff of nightmares. They were bowled out for 49, their lowest total in this tournament and it came at a date when in 2013, they had notched the highest team score in Twenty20s.
19:16 hrs IST: Welcome to the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore from the Eden Gardens. KKR will be led by a new skipper in Dinesh Karthik while for Virat Kohli, he will be aiming to bounce back after finishing last in the previous edition.
KKR’s nucleus is intact in Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav.
The support staff is also intact. Head coach Jacques Kallis -- who has been with the side since their resurgence under Gautam Gambhir in 2011 along with Simon Katich -- will look to guide and support the new captain.
For RCB, Kohli and AB de Villiers will once again form a strong top-order with 2,212 runs together in 53 innings, including seven century stands. The inclusion of Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj has added a lot of firepower in the bowling department.
First Published: Apr 08, 2018 18:31 IST