Narine, Rana deliver royal blow

Narine, Rana deliver royal blow

Narine, Rana deliver royal blow

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.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have collated perhaps the most impressive group of A-grade talent.

KKR's newly-appointed captain Dinesh Karthik elected to field and his side got off to a bad start as Vinay Kumar (2/30) leaked 14 runs in the first over, McCullum flicking him down the leg side for a four in the very first ball. 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 giving a decent start to the team, Brendon McCullum was dismissed for 43 by Sunil Narine. However, it's not so big (area wise) that Karthik would worry to chase the target. Opening the batting, he balsted five sixes and four 4s to unsettle Virat Kohli and Co. You can watch video highlights of KKR vs RCB here. 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.

AB de Villiers is the most complete batsman of his time, one who can play shots in every direction.

He duly broke a third-wicket stand of 64 by having De Villiers (44) caught at long-on off his second ball, before stunningly yorking Kohli (31) with his next delivery. Chris Lynn, 2. Sunil Narine, 3.

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We are betting on the Royal Challengers Bangalore to win this game. He ended the over with a bang, smacking a short ball for a six over mid-wicket as Woakes leaked 20 runs. The bowling did look better than previous editions, although spinner Washington Sundar had a rare bad day.

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.

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.

Bangalore have the luxury of Kohli and AB de Villiers in the form of their lives. The Vidarbha pacer scalped Robin Uthappa in his next over to reduce KKR to 83/3 in the seventh over.

Match Status: First Innings in Play.

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