Sunil Narine smashes 17-ball fifty as Kolkata beat RCB in IPL

Mumbai CSK players Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni during a practice session. PTI

Immediately after the finish of the powerplay, KKR skipper Karthik brought Sunil Narine and Mitchell Johnson from both the ends.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1.

Kolkata: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Robin Uthappa (vc & wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles.

Narine brought up his fifty in 17 balls only to perish two balls later without adding to the tally, his wicket pocketed by Umesh Yadav. New Zealand all-rounders Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme and bowler Tim Southee join former worldwide superstar Brendon McCullum on the roster.

While rain is forecast for Kolkata on Saturday and Monday, Sunday is expected to be clear and if that prediction is correct, I would still prefer to chase while the side taking first knock should be looking to go beyond last year's average total and target something approaching 175.




In an interesting recruiting play, RCB have recruited the entire KKR bowling line-up from past year. AB de Villiers, 5. He accounted for de Villiers and Kohli's wickets on consecutive balls. This is the third game of the Indian Premier League season 11 tournament and will be played at the Eden Gardens stadium located in Kolkata itself. KKR have 2 matches in the next 3, so it's wise to load up on them. They had a partnership of 38 runs in 26 balls. In his innings of 44 from 23 balls, he struck a whopping five sixes to go with a four.

For all the ball-by-ball updates and live commentary you can keep a tab on TOI Sports' live blog and live updates well before the first ball is bowled. Washington Sundar, 9. Navdeep Saini/Pawan Negi, 10.

Lynn may also be skinny at [3.3] but he's the key wicket and could deliver the profit whether he ruins the match tip or not.

Virat Kohli said he is "120 percent" committed to leading the franchise to their maiden IPL win. De Villiers welcomed him with a huge six but the move paid off soon as he top-edged the next ball which hurried on the batsmen.

Narine punishes RCB - again: Virat Kohli must get sick of watching Sunil Narine at the crease, with the Trinadian blasting a vital 50 from just 19 balls to give Kolkata the ideal platform to launch from.

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