Knight Riders bowl; RCB pick both McCullum and de Kock

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On the other hand, RCB is again the strongest team on paper with some big hitters like AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Corey Anderson.

A quickfire fifty by Sunil Narine along with a sharp spell of bowling by Nitish Rana steered the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

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.

A new-look Kolkata Knight Riders under new skipper Dinesh Karthik overcame the jitters to notch up a convincing four-wicket win over heavyweights Royal Challengers Bangalore and make a positive start to their campaign in the Indian Premier League here today. Consequently, Dinesh Karthik's (35 off 29) and Andre Russell's big blows earned Kolkata a thrilling 4-wicket-win over RCB.

In the much-talked-about IPL players' auction, RCB have significantly strengthened their bowling and batting attack. AB De Villiers put the bowlers to the sword as the 100 came up in the 12th over.

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Narine smacked five sixes and four boundaries in his 50 and by the time he was out in the sixth over, KKR were well placed at 65 for two in 32 balls. Asked to bat under cloudy skies, Royal Challengers posted 176, a middling total on a good batting pitch, and just as he did last season against the same opponents, Narine blasted away a significant chunk of the target in very little time. He made 44 runs off 23 balls.

Johnson picked his first wicket of the match by picking up Sarfaraz Khan, who was caught by Rinku Singh at the long on.

The visitors lost Quinton De Kock (4) early, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman trying to reverse sweep Piyush Chawla (1/31) and picking out Vinay Kumar at short third man. One of the captains is also new If there is something old then the same historic Eden Gardens Stadium.

Narine was brought on in the first over after Powerplay and bowled four dot balls to Kohli, conceding just two runs. In the last ball of the over, Sundar nearly had his man but Mandeep Singh went across the rope at deep-wicket after latching on to another big hit from Narine.

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