The gentleman’s game has witnessed absolute carnage at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday evening in Bengaluru, as Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn flay the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack all-around the park following blistering fifties from both the openers before Kolkata Knight Riders registered a convincing six-wicket win in the end.
After they returned to the, hosts bowlers somewhat put control on the run-rate, as new batsmen joined the crease, but RCB failed to keep the visitors away from the win, as they faced their sixth loss on the trot.
Narine and Lynn posted 37-ball 105-run partnership for the first wicket before Knight Riders lost its second wicket at the score of 107 in 7.3 overs.
Formidable Knight Riders chased down the target in 15.1 overs for the loss of four wickets, as Yusuf Pathan (0 off 5 balls) and Manish Pandey (4 off 3 balls) remained unbeaten to see their side marching on points table at the second spot with 16 points in 12 matches while having the Net run-rate of +0.858.
For Royal Challengers, Pawan Negi claimed two wickets, whereas, Yuzvendra Chahal and Aniket Chaudhary picked wicket apiece. In 15th over, Gautam Gambhir (14 off 16 balls) was caught by Pawan Negi at short cover region after he mistimed a stroke on the bowling of leg-spinner Chahal.
Colin de Grandhomme, who aimed a big shot while coming down the ground, was stumped by Kedar Jadhav when the ball angled away from the batsman. He scored 31 off 28 balls, as his innings included two sixes and a boundary.
Sunil Narine was dismissed by fast bowler Aniket Choudhary, who took pace off-the-ball when left-handed batsman tried to whack him into the stands before short-pitched delivery took the edge to see Kedar Jadhav completing the regulation catch. The left-handed Narine smashed the joint-fastest half-century in 15 balls alongside his teammate Yusuf Pathan.
In eighth over, Chris Lynn, who went for a hoick which was bowled by Pawan Negi when the ball kept short to cannon into the stumps before zing bails came off the groove. The Queensland-born Lynn played a blazing 22-ball knock of 50 which included four sixes and five fours.
Lynn was making a comeback after the shoulder injury, as he missed out nine matches in the ongoing season.
Earlier, in the day, Knight Riders skipper won the toss and elected to ball first against Virat Kohli-led side which donned in green jersey to support the cause of ‘Go Green’ initiative.
Travis Head played a brilliant 47-ball knock of 75 in a bid to help his side post 158 for six in 20 overs after rain affected the match in 15th over. In the last over of the first innings, fast bowler Umesh Yadav conceded 21 runs to see hosts crossing 150-mark with an ease.
The left-handed Australian recruit Head played a composed innings which was laced with five sixes and three boundaries. Mandeep Singh and Travis Head knitted 71-run partnership for the fourth wicket in a bid to steady the Royal Challengers ship.
Mandeep was caught by Umesh Yadav on the bowling of Sunil Narine after scoring 52 off 43 balls. He smashed four boundaries and a six. Interestingly, the fifties in the same match, from Travis Head and Mandeep Singh, was the second occasion in this season that Royal Challengers Bangalore had witnessed which further gives a clear picture on how batting-heavy side has misfired in the ongoing edition of IPL.
Coming to bat, Bangalore lost their three wickets inside Powerplay after losing Chris Gayle on the very first ball of the innings. Gayle was dismissed by Umesh Yadav when skipper Gautam Gambhir claimed the catch.
Virat Kohli was caught in front of the wickets by Yadav on 5 off nine balls before umpire lifted his dreaded finger to see Kohli trudging off the ground. AB de Villiers, who has been struggling was undone by Sunil Narine on 10 off eight balls.
The wicket-keeper batsman Kedar Jadhav was caught by Yadav on the bowling of Chris Woakes after scoring 8 off nine balls. Pawan Negi was caught by Chris Lynn on the bowling of Umesh Yadav before Sreenath Arvind remained unbeaten on nought.
For Kolkata Knight Riders, Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowler, who bagged three wickets after conceding 36 runs in his quota of four overs. Sunil Narine claimed two wickets and Chris Woakes one.