IPL 2017: RCB vs KKR - Turning Point - Bangalore's 'Big Three' Fail Again
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis May 08, 2017,
May 08, 2017, 4:53
Sunil Narine set a new record for the fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to victory and inflict yet another defeat on Royal Challengers Bangalore.
By the time Narine was dismissed with the first ball of the seventh over, he had bludgeoned six fours and four maximums to account for 54 of his side's 106 runs, ably assisted by Chris Lynn (50).
He hit four fours and one six during his 43-ball 52.
On resumption, Mandeep fell on reaching his fifty, but Head provided the late flourish that Bangalore desperately wanted and ended the innings at 158 for six in the 20 overs.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore were on the wrong end of a sound drubbing as the Kolkata Knight Riders made quick work of a target of 159.
Toss: KKR won the toss and chose to field.
Thus advising him to "look in the mirror", Gavaskar said Kohli needs to bat with more responsibility and remember he is the captain a team that is not doing well in the IPL.
After claiming 2 for 29 including the wickets of Mandeep and AB, Narine opened the batting with Chris Lynn in a symphony of destruction. He was eventually dismissed by Sunil Narine when he let one fly towards deep backward square leg, only to be caught by Umesh Yadav. His 75 off 47 was marked by three fours and five sixes.
With their best three batsmen gone for a meagre score, RCB reached 63 for three at the halfway stage with Mandeep and Head holding fort. It was in the final over of the innings when he finally unleashed his fury on KKR.
Narine has been opening the batting since Lynn injured his shoulder in a match against Mumbai Indians.
On another day, Chris Lynn would have taken the headlines for his 22-ball 50.
Narine got out immediately after that and Lynn followed suit in the next over but by then irreparable damage had been done on RCB as KKR were on course for an easy win.
Though the encounter is RCB's last league tie on their home turf and they are playing to salvage their pride while being at the bottom of the table - with only five points from 12 games, about 30,000 frenzied fans packed the stands to watch an exciting match.