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Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine Spoil Virat Kohli, Bangalore's Party

Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine Spoil Virat Kohli, Bangalore's Party

This was KKR's third successive win on RCB who were shot out for the lowest IPL total of 49 here last season.

De Villiers referred the call right away, and replays proved that the ball had knicked the South African's right pad and not the bat on the way to Dinesh Karthik's gloves.

Sunil Narine scored yet another quickfire fifty to put Kolkata Knight Riders on a winning path but it was Nitish Rana, who played a key role with ball as well as bat to outplay Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

KKR go into the match with happy memories of skittling out RCB for the lowest ever IPL total (49) here a year ago, while in the return leg Narine smashed the tournament's fastest fifty (17 ball 54 ) as they made a double over Kohli's side in 2017. Captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Umesh Yadav headline the local talent. But once de Villers returned to the pavilion, the Bangalore franchise lost their way as wickets fell in quick succession.

Kohli occupied the crease for over 12 overs but only made 31 at less than a run-a-ball as Bangalore's innings fell flat after De Villiers' dismissal.

The Aussie Pack: Both Aussies featured for KKR, with Chris Lynn's stay at the crease short at the top of the order, Mitchell Johnson had more success, removing Sarfaraz Khan and finishing with 1-30 from his four overs. But two balls later, the momentum had completely shifted. The outfit in the purple and gold strode out with their new skipper Dinesh Karthik and proved to everyone that they were not here to make up the numbers.

The new session, the newly formed two teams, in the new castle.

Chasing under lights, Narine launched his attack from the first over. Narine is hard to fit in my side, and there is uncertainty whether or not he will indeed open.

Spin returned for the fifth over, this time in the shape of Washington Sundar, but even the Powerplay specialist wasn't spared.

After giving a decent start to the team, Brendon McCullum was dismissed for 43 by Sunil Narine. There were a couple of minor hiccups, but no real turn in momentum, and soon enough, Vinay Kumar swatted Kunal Khejroliya to the long-on boundary to bring up victory in the 19th over.



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