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Monday, 09 April 2018 - 11:11
IPL 2018 : Sunil Narin helps KKR defeat RCB
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Sunil Narine's 17-ball half-century and Nitish Rana's all-round display helped Kolkata Knight Riders win their season opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets.
 
Asked to bat under cloudy skies, Royal Challengers posted 176, a middling total on a good batting pitch, and just as he did last season against the same opponents, Narine blasted away a significant chunk of the target in very little time.
 
The middle-order built on his efforts to steer Knight Riders home with seven balls to spare.
 
RCB could have made much more than their eventual total of 176 for 7, especially after being positioned at 127 for 2 after 14.1 overs, but a one-over special from part-time offspinner Rana, who took out AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli with consecutive balls, swung the momentum Knight Riders' way.
 
After Narine fell for 50 in the sixth over, the hosts wobbled slightly as Umesh Yadav - a former Knight Rider himself - took two wickets in two back-to-back overs, but Dinesh Karthik (35*), Rana (34) and Andre Russell (15) took them to victory without too many undue alarms.

Scorecard:

Royal Challengers Bangalore:
176 for 7 - De Villiers 44, McCullum 43, Rana 2-11
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
177 for 6  - Narine 50, Karthik 35*, Woakes 3-36


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