Rana makes surprise impact as KKR sink RCB

Virat Kohli

Bowling with a remodelled action after his latest call of suspect action in the Pakistan Super League last month, Sunil Narine returned with 1/30 while fellow mate Andre Russell conceded 10 runs from two overs. The West Indian targeted Royal Challenger Bangalore's Washinton Sundar in particular in the fifth over, where he hammered him for 18 runs in a single over.

KKR are looking to make a fresh start under new captain Dinesh Karthik as they bid to win the IPL title for the third time after previous wins in 2012 and 2014. Narine's 19-ball 50 (he raised the half-century off 17 balls) laid the impetus that KKR so almost lost in the middle overs into their chase of 177.

After being put to bat, Brendon McCullum provided RCB a fiery start.

While it was crucial for RCB to keep the momentum going amidst the control which spin bowlers had gained, McCullum freed his arms as soon as the pace bowler Johnson was introduced.

It required a massive stroke of bravery - or luck - to stop de Villiers. With new and improved upgrades in the side like McCullum, de Kock, Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav, to go with the retained core of Kohli, de Villiers, Chahal and Sarfaraz Khan, RCB will look to get off on a winning note. 12 times KKR and nine times RCB win The last session was completely the name of Kolkata when both Eden and Chinnaswamy had washed both Kolkata and Bangalore. Chris Lynn, 2. Sunil Narine, 3.

During the toss earlier tonight, KKR won the toss and made a decision to bowl first.

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De Villiers, who overturned a caught-behind dismissal against Mitchell Johnson on 23, was pouched by Johnson at long-on, while Kohli was bowled by a yorker that squeezed under his bat. He went to the pavilion by scoring 43 runs from 26 balls.

Narine's dominance continued in the next over with the young Washington Sundar at the receiving end. McCullum, who fetched 14 runs in the first over of the innings from Vinay Kumar, pounced on every loose ball.

The two teams have contested in 20 matches in the IPL. Umesh Yadav eased the tension at the RCB dug-out with two quick wickets.

Kohli's struggle to find his timing continued but AB de Villiers had no such worries.

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 flawless platform to launch from.

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