IPL fever broke out with blasts again featuring big-score thrilling sessions. It is only the third IPL T20 match of the tournament and Knight Riders striker Sunil Narine blitzed a 17-ball half century. Bolstered with his score, KKR ran over Royal Challengers Bangalore to nick the game with more than an over to spare. Batting first, RCB scored 177 to challenge KKR. The inning had two big scores off Brendon McCullum and AB de Villiers, knocking 43 and 44 runs respectively. On the other hand, Virat Kohli and Mandeep Singh provided the impetus with 31 and 37 runs.
KKR’s power showdown set off in the first inning, when Nitish Rana sent back AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in consecutive overs of the IPL match. Although team’s momentum was strong in the first 15 overs, the wickets slogged the inning a bit. Still, in the last 33 balls, KKR players hauled the score adding 44 runs. In the stretch, Mandeep Singh’s boundary spree in the ultimate over was the crucial bet. The batsmen added 37 off 18 balls. Earlier, McCullum and Kohli added 52 in powerplay overs even if Quinton de Kock was removed in the second over. After the former wet back to pavilion, de Villiers hammered his runs with a strike rate close to 200.
Sunil Narine did not even play the powerplay of the IPL T20 overs completely. Still, when he left the pitch, the chase was at 65. With this early impetus, the middle order found a strong support from Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthick. It was enough for Knight Riders to scale up the target without much hassle. Karthik remained unbeaten with the score of 35, while Rana came up with the score of 34 off 25, adding up for an all-rounder craftmanship. Narine’s 17 ball 50 was a result of flurry of boundaries. The batsman plundered 4 fours and 5 sixes. The chase became easier with his power shots as he became Player of the Match.
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