Rana & Narine Help Kolkata Ride to Victory Over RCB
Rana & Narine Help Kolkata Ride to Victory Over RCB, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights
Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana were the consummate stars in the line-up of Kolkata Knight Riders, who rode a wave of victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 3 of the 2018 Indian Premier League. KKR have gotten their season off to a promising start, with this being their first win in as many matches.
Nitish Rana "Flushes" the Royal Challenge
RCB started out in dominant fashion, amassing 127 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets. The path toward a win certainly looked as though it had been paved; however, the bowlers of Kolkata—led by Nitish Rana—had other plans, which began to take shape in the 14th over, when Rana first struck.
Rana bowled one short on off, inviting AB de Villiers to attempt a power hit; but he'd misread it and end up grazing it with only his top edge, to send it shooting through the sky to Mitchell Johnson at long on.
The increasingly effective allrounder would then find himself on hat trick, when he trapped Virat Kohli with a yorker in the very next delivery. Kohli would find himself with neither a clue nor a choice, having all his attention so fully engaged in digging out the ball stuck in his toes that he had no chance to prevent the inevitable crash into his stumps.
What started out as a confident charge toward a competitive chase target, would eventually resolve itself into an anticlimactic end score of 176/7, as Vinay Kumar and Mitchell Johnson would collect three more wickets to further weaken the lapsing momentum of RCB.
Narine Hammers Half Century from 19 Balls
Sunil Narine would then pick up where Kolkata's bowlers left off, with a spectacular opening 50 off of just 19 balls. He'd fall shortly after, but would eventually find vital support from both Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik, who made 34 and 35 runs respectively.
RCB could not find the formula to taper the runmaking rhythm of the Riders, as Karthik went not out, while Narine himself was allowed to bat seemingly to his leisure.
The lapse of energy that the Challengers suffered during the mid-to-latter stages of their innings, would prove to be the critical wound, as Kolkata would swoop in for the merciless kill, and get their season off to a winning start.