Narine stars in crucial KKR win at the Indore run-fest

Narine stars in crucial KKR win at the Indore run-fest

Despite starting well in the league, they found themselves in a must-win situation against Punjab at Indore on Saturday.

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Narine cut loose after Chris Lynn (27) fell, racing to his half-century off only 26 deliveries, eventually falling when he was caught behind off Tye in the 12th over. Australian all-rounder Andrew Tye and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman have been bowling well in power play as well as the death overs while skipper R Ashwin alongside Axar Patel have been stopping the flow of runs in the middle over. He then plundered Barinder Sran for 17 runs in an over as KXIP bowlers failed to use the short ball well against Narine - a ploy when employed well has worked against the left-hander.

IPL captains often have third man and fine leg in the circle, but they usually use the tactic on slow pitches, on which it's hard for batsmen to use the pace and guide the ball behind the stumps.

One change for Knight Riders: West Indian Javon Searless comes in for Tom Curran.

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The India batsman struck Narine for back-to-back sixes in the first over and motored on after Russell struck twice in as many balls to remove Chris Gayle (21) and Mayank Agarwal.

Scooping short balls over his shoulder and reverse-slapping good-length balls between backward point and short third man, Karthik scored his first half-century of the season, getting there in 22 balls.

For Kolkata Knight Riders consistency has been the biggest issue throughout the tournament so far. The Dinesh Karthik-led side lost two back to back games against Mumbai to lose momentum in the tournament and also leaving them wit inferior run-rate. KKR will head back home to host Rajasthan Royals on May 15, in what would be their last home game of the season. There is a need for the middle-order to come and contribute to the side.

In the bowling department pacers Prasidh Krishna has been impressive and once again KKR will berelying on him to bowl well. Broadcast Starts at 16:00 Hours (IST).

Kolkata produced a superlative batting performance as they comfortably beat Punjab by 31 runs to stay in contention for a play-off berth in the T20 2018 cricket match, in Indore on Saturday. The RCB are now at the penultimate spot in the points table after managing to win just three of their 10 outings so far and need to win each of their remaining four games to stand any remote chances of qualifying for the playoffs.

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