Led by a resolute Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders pacers bowled out Royal Challengers Bangalore for 49, the lowest ever total in IPL. Defending 131, KKR’s fast bowling trio of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme picked up three wickets each to win match for their side by 82 runs.

This is turning out to be quite the IPL for Sunil Narine, more so with the bat than the ball. Everytime he has opened the innings, he has dented the confidence of the new ball bowlers. After Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions, here it was RCB’s turn to feel the Narine sting as he once again began the KKR innings in blazing fashion. In the first over from Samuel Badree, Narine hit his Trinidad and Tobago teammate for three consecutive fours and a six, scoring 18 off him. Badree was immediately taken out of the attack, but Narine continued to be on song scoring back-to-back boundaries off his replacement Sreenath Aravind. Narine’s assault seemed to have rattled the RCB unit, to an extent that even their skipper Virat Kohli misfielded. Gautam Gambhir’s wicket at the other end kept Narine quiet for a while and it resulted in his wicket in the sixth over. Stuart Binny, after getting hit for a boundary, bowled one short to which Narine swivelled and pulled across straight down Yuzvendra Chahal’s throat at deep square leg. He had done the job once again; KKR scored 65 inside the Powerplay.

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