Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Kings XI beats Royal Challengers by 19 runs in IPL

Kings XI beats Royal Challengers by 19 runs in IPL

Sudden downpour briefly interrupted the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium here on Sunday.

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).

Narine hit West Indies teammate Samuel Badree for three successive sixes and a four in the fourth over which cost the legspinner 25 runs.

The association took the game away from RCB who, after being asked to bat, put up 158/6 on the board in the allotted 20 overs.

Earlier, RCB restricted Kings XI Punjab to 138 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs.

Mandeep Singh (52, 43b, 4x4, 1x6) and Travis Head (74, 47b, 3x4, 5x6) tried to rebuild their innings, and formed a decent partnership, but they were not taking much risks.

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The West Indies left-hander - not previously noted for his run-scoring prowess - shone after global team-mate Chris Gayle had flopped, racing to 50 off just 15 deliveries to mirror the feat of KKR colleague Yusuf Pathan against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014.

Three huge sixes and a four in the first four balls of Badree set the tone for Narine's rest of the innings. It was in the final over of the innings when he finally unleashed his fury on KKR.

Replying to a query, Chawla said the team did not have any plan to get runs quickly, but the openers went about playing their natural game of aggression.

While Lynn made a comeback after a career threatening shoulder injury, KKR is hoping to get back the services of Robin Uthappa in the next match. Lynn scored 50 after returning from a shoulder injury which ruled him out for a month, while Narine hit a 17-ball 54 as the visitors overhauled RCB's total of 158/4 easily.

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.

KKR are now second in the eight-team points table with 16 points from 12 matches and play Kings XI Punjab next in Mohali on Tuesday.

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