Kolkata Knight Riders thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore riding on Narine, Lynn blitz

Sunil Narine scored the fastest 50 in IPL
Sunil Narine scored the fastest 50 in IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders 159-4 (Narine 54) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 158-6 (Head 75no) by six wickets
46th match, Indian Premier League, Bangalore

Sunil Narine slammed the fastest fifty in the history of Indian Premier League while Chris Lynn made a strong comeback with a 21-ball 50 as Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 159 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 15.1 overs with six wickets in hand at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Kolkata won the toss and decided to field first. In the first ball of the innings, Umesh Yadav (3-36) struck in the first delivery when Chris Gayle (0) was caught in the covers but Mandeep Singh (52) hit two boundaries and a six to inject momentum into the innings.

Virat Kohli (5) was handed a reprieve when he was dropped at mid-off but Umesh had his revenge by trapping him LBW in the next delivery. With Narine (2-29) castling AB de Villiers (10), Bangalore ended the powerplay at 40 for three.

Mandeep along with Travis Head (75 not out) consolidated the innings and in the process added just 44 runs in the next seven overs. When the score was reading 100 for three in the 15th over, rain delayed the proceedings for 45 minutes.

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.

Lynn (50) announced his comeback with a six and two fours in the first over that set the tone. Narine (54) struck six boundaries and four sixes to bring the fastest fifty in the history of the tournament that came off just 15 deliveries.

The duo went on to record the highest score ever in a powerplay, plundering 105 runs in it that included 11 boundaries and eight sixes combined.

Aniket Choudhary (1-19) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Narine caught behind while Pawan Negi (2-21) castled Lynn after he reached his fifty in the next over. The onslaught from the duo brought the required run rate down to four at the end of seven overs.

Despite, losing the openers and also Colin de Grandhomme (31) and Gautam Gambhir (14), Kolkata completed the chase in 15.1 overs with six wickets in hand as Narine bagged the player of the match award.

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