Royal Challenge Bangalore suffered 5 consecutive defeat as their batting order collapsed yet again chasing 138 they were bowled out in 19 over for 119 runs.
Remarkably the West Indian failed to score off the first two balls he faced but got firmly into his stride with three successive maximums off compatriot Samuel Badree, helping himself to 25 off the spinner's second over. "Between a four and a six the difference is two runs (but) because you hit the ball in the air, the risk percentage goes up to 100", Gavaskar concluded. The RCB under Virat Kohli will, however, be only playing for pride with an aim to finish on a winning note in their remaining matches.
Lynn and Narine bludgeoned the RCB bowlers as KKR set the recored for the most number of runs scored by a team in the powerplay overs (first six overs) in IPL.
Even on Sunday, they were completely outplayed by Kolkata Knight Riders at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. It was Kohli who had alone taken the RCB team to the finals of the tournament in the previous edition of the tournament.
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Narine's 17-ball 54 was complemented by 2/29 in his four overs to restrict RCB, batting first, to 158/6. 105 runs in 6 overs.
Play was stopped for around 38 minutes after which Mandeep brought up his half century but the interruption in their partnership saw Narine taking the prized wicket of Mandeep.
RCB were 34 for three, but Head and Singh put together a fourth-wicket stand of 71 from 63 balls that revitalised the innings, so that the home team could scour 43 from the last three overs to make a fight of it. Kohli, who scored close to a thousand runs last season, which included a record four centuries, had a mediocre season where he managed to score just three half-centuries from nine games. The change of pace did the trick as Kohli was beaten by Yadav's delivery to be out LBW. The fastest fifty in IPL history, a 15-ball effort at the ground Chris Gayle has called home for a while now.
The duo batted through a rain-forced break of over 30 minutes with Mandeep reaching to his fifty shortly after resumption. But he got out immediately in the 16th over before Head took the score to 158 for 6 with some late big hitting.