Friday, 20 April, 2018

Rana strikes twice but Mandeep's cameo takes RCB to 176-7

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Elias Hubbard | 09 April, 2018, 00:43

Mitchell Johnson, 36, will have to lead the bowling attack in Starc's absence, with support from Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Andre Russell, who is coming into the tournament on the back of serving a one-year ban for a doping violation.

The interesting episode of the game, the turning point, arrived in the 15th over of Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings.

But skipper Karthik (35 off 29 balls not out) maintained his composure and starred in a 55-run partnership with Nitish Rana to eventually seal the chase with seven balls to spare.

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. Brendon McCullum, 3. Virat Kohli (c), 4. A B de Villiers joined Virat Kohli.

Opener Brendon McCullum set it up for RCB with a sensational 27-ball 43 (6x4, 2x6) while AB de Villiers made the Eden Gardens crowd cheer for them with his scintillating 23-ball 44, which was studded with five mouth-watering sixes and one boundary. Karthik took a big gamble by giving the ball to part-timer Rana, and the move seemed to backfire when de Villiers smashed him for a six first ball. 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. RCB were blown away by Kolkata's bowlers past year after being bowled for a lowly 49 runs. Sarfraz Khan failed to get going and it was only due to Mandeep Singh that they were able to post a competitive total of 176 runs after their 20 overs. The bowling did look better than previous editions, although spinner Washington Sundar had a rare bad day. He's a fantastic enabler for Kohli, and has been on fire in the KKR practice matches. He opted for Vinay Kumar, who was taken for 14 in the opening over of the innings, and gave away 16 in the first three balls of the last.

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.

Narine was brought on in the first over after Powerplay and bowled four dot balls to Kohli, conceding just two runs. 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.

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