IPL 2018 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights - Sunil Narine Steals the Show at Eden

    Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 9, 2018, 8:18 AM IST

    Match 3, Eden Gardens, Kolkata 08 April, 2018

    Toss won by Kolkata Knight Riders (decided to bowl)

    Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets

    Man of the Match: Sunil Narine



    Vinay Kumar finishes the game with a boundary off Khejroliya as Shah Rukh erupts in the stands and skipper Dinesh Karthik is super pleased as he remains unbeaten on 35 off 29 balls as Kolkata take the points home. Virat Kohli and boys will need to look into certain areas in the bowling line-up if they wish to be strong contenders in this IPL.


    WICKET!! Woakes finally gets Russell, but is it too late in the day? AB de Villiers once again takes a good running catch, but has Russell already done the damage? Karthik ends the over with a boundary as KKR now need 9 from 12 balls.


    15 runs from the Umesh Yadav over here in what was the 17th over of the innings and that could be the deciding factor as RCB needed their best bowler to get the better of Andre Russell, but Umesh failed as the West Indian got stuck into the pacer. The score reads 162/5


    CricketNext’s expert Aakash Chopra:  Both teams are lacking little bit of depth in batting. When you look at KKR, you know you are relying heavily on Nitish Rana. Can’t really fathom why you would restrain Andre Russell as well. He didn’t send him to bat ahead, in fact Rinku came into bat before him. That’s surprising. RCB’s tactic to go with five bowlers, that’s also questionable. How often does it happen in a T20 game that none of the bowlers have a bad day. But with this team you cannot afford it.


    WICKET!! Woakes gets the better of Rinku Singh after the latter started the over by hitting a boundary. A DRS was needed to send back the left-hander to the dug-out. The umpires took quite some time to give that out as Russell now joins skipper Dinesh Karthik in the middle as KKR manage six from the over. Now 30 more needed off the last 4 overs as the score reads 147/5


    WICKET! Washington Sundar finally gets the breakthrough as Rana has to walk back after missing a wild sweep. Rana goes for 34, but 10 runs from the over once again means that Kolkata are very much in the hunt to win this one as they still have DK at the crease. The score reads 141/4


    This over from Chahal could be the deciding factor for Kolkata as KKR gets the first four in 15 balls (over 13.2) and Karthik made that two in two as Kolkata scored 12 from this one and are right back in the balance and RCB skipper Kohli will not be too impressed. The score reads 131/3


    7 runs from the Khejroliya over here as he bowls a couple of wides down the leg side to spoil what could have otherwise been a good over. The dew starting to get the better of the bowlers and fielders here at the Eden Gardens and the score reads 119/3 after 13 overs


    9 runs from the Washington Sundar over again as DK gets another boundary. The best part about the DK-Rana partnership is that the two have not just hit the boundaries, but have also rotated the strike well to keep Kolkata in the game despite losing wickets. The score reads 107/3 after 11 overs


    6 runs from the Umesh over here as 10 overs are complete and Kolkata Knight Riders' score reads 98/3 with Rana and DK in the middle. The KKR skipper needs to hold one end up if Kolkata are to chase down RCB's total here at the Eden Gardens.


    7 runs from the Khejroliya over here as the Kolkata batsmen are now looking to pick the singles and keep the scoring rate moving here as they cannot afford to lose another wicket here. The score reads 92/3 after 9 overs. DK and Rana will need to bat for a while and stitch a partnership here.


    WICKET!!! Umesh Yadav has done it again as this time he gets the important wicket of Robin Uthappa. Umesh is hitting the deck hard and that was a poor pull from the KKR batsman as he top-edged it for McCullum to pick an easy catch. Just 4 runs from the over as Umesh looks to be on a mission here and the score reads 85/3


    Khejroliya comes into the attack with a lot of expectations from him, but he gives away 13 runs from his first over as Nitish Rana gets stuck into him and first hits a huge six and then hits a boundary. The score reads 81/2 after 7 overs as RCB still hold the edge here.


    The star with the ball Nitish Rana comes to bat. But Umesh welcomes him with a perfect bouncer. He is bowling well here. Both the batsmen now need to target specific bowlers to hit. And Umesh hits Rana on the head with an accurate short-ball. A very good, pacy over comes to end. Just three runs coming from it. KKR 68/2 after six overs.


    OUT: And now Kohli moves to Umesh Yadav. And Narine perishes. Narine tries to play a shot towards covers, but the ball nips back into his stumps. That's the end of a wonderful innings. KKR 65/2 after 5.2 overs.  


    MISS: That could be a costly miss by RCB. Narine skied the ball towards the mid-on boundary. Fielder Mandeep Singh makes a mess of it, as he crosses the boundary. The umpire signals it as a six. And Narine gets to his 50 from just 17 balls. That is great batting by him. KKR 65/1 in 5 overs.


    And now it's Sundar's turn to face the music. Narine welcomes him with a four and a six. This is carnage. Sundar doesn't know where to bowl the southpaw batsman. Can Narine score more off him?


    Narine has just spoiled Woakes' figures. This is not looking pretty for RCB at the moment. Narine closes the over with another towering six over mid-wicket. They need leggie Chahal to get them few wickets. 20 runs coming from the over. It's 46/1 after 4 overs.


    SIX, FOUR, FOUR:  And Narine has made his intentions clear once again. He hits Woakes for a maximum on the second ball of the fourth over. He follows it up with a four through covers. On the next ball, he beats the fielder at covers again for a four. 


    SIX: Sundar starts with tight lines and doesn't give any room for the batsmen to freeze arms. He has an economy of 6.62 in T20s. And he continues to stop the run flow. Narine, who smashed Chahal in the first over, just picks a single off Sundar. On the last ball of the over though, Sundar concedes a six. RCB 26/1 after three overs.


    KKR mainstay Robin Uthappa has made way to the crease, The experienced batsman needs to stay at the wicket, and string a partnership if KKR wants to win here. Washington Sundar comes into the attack.


    WICKET: And that's out. Chris Lynn who is coming after a shoulder injury, falls early in the innings. He skies a Chris Woakes ball, and de Villiers completes a running catch. This is good stuff by RCB. It's 16/1 after 1.5 overs.


    It's a great start for KKR as Sunil Narine smashes Yuzvendra Chahal for a six and a four in the first over itself. The ploy of getting Narine to open the batting seems to be working well for KKR already. It's 12/0 after 1 over. 


    Mandeep Singh finishes with a flourish as skipper Virat Kohli loves how the batsman finished the innings, hitting 37 off 18 balls. Even though he was dismissed by Vinay Kumar, the strikes in the last over could actually decide how the match ends. Kolkata Knight Riders will need 177 to win this one as Vinay Kumar finishes by taking the wicket of Woakes off the last ball.


    6 runs from the Mitchell Johnson over here as the Kolkata bowlers have come back really well in the death overs here and the RCB dug-out doesn't look like it is to happy with the way the innings has panned out after the way they started at the top. The score reads 160/5 after 19 overs


    WICKET! Brilliant bowling here from Mitchell Johnson as he sends back Sarfaraz Khan for just 6 as skipper Kohli does not like the fact that the youngsters wasted quite a few deliveries at the closing stages. The score reads 154/5 in the 19th over here.


    12 runs from the Narine over here as Royal Challengers Bangalore's score reads 154/4 after 18 overs with Mandeep Singh and Sarfraz in the middle. The RCB batsmen will look to finish well and the Kolkata bowlers will look to give away as less runs as possible in the last 2 overs


    Just 5 runs off the 17th over from Mitchell Johnson and that is good stuff from the Kolkata boys as they have come back strongly after the dismissals of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. The score reads 142/4 after 17 overs and that is good stuff for sure.


    Just 5 runs off the 17th over from Mitchell Johnson and that is good stuff from the Kolkata boys as they have come back strongly after the dismissals of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. The score reads 142/4 after 17 overs and that is good stuff for sure.


    5 runs from the Andre Russell over here as Kolkata are right back in the game. 4 more overs to go after this and it will be interesting to see how Mandeep and Sarfraz go about this after the strategic break. They cannot take any longer to take the attack to the Kolkata bowlers. The score reads 137/4


    IPL 2018 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights - Sunil Narine Steals the Show at Eden

    Dinesh Karthik (BCCI Photo)

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