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KKR vs RCB: Kolkata opt to bat first

KKR vs RCB: Kolkata opt to bat first

Kolkata's winning start in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League largely came on the back of a scintillating half-century from opener Sunil Narine (50, 19b, 4x4, 5x6). Narine's assault began against Chris Woakes in the fourth over.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) kept their strong home record intact as they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 4 wickets. For the first time we have a good balance with bat and ball both. He lost Chris Lynn's company in the next over but didn't stop toying with the bowling, punishing anything in his zone. He was dismissed at just four runs. Narine raced to his fifty in 17 balls and the knock left RCB playing catch-up.

Sunil Narine is a spinner who can also bat.

KKR are looking to make a fresh start under new captain Dinesh Karthik as they bid to win the IPL title for the third time after previous wins in 2012 and 2014. There's certainly positives to take from this game'. Karthik, who is taking over from Gautam Gambhir, will lead Kolkata. New Zealand all-rounders Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme and bowler Tim Southee join former global superstar Brendon McCullum on the roster.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary. McCullum did the bulk of the scoring as Dinesh Karthik tried variety of slower bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla. Narine's straight delivery went to hit the stumps as McCullum missed it completely.

While Kohli was struggling for big ones, de Villiers took off in style. After clobbering the right-arm pacer for a six over long-on, Narine made room and struck two straight fours on the off side. Fellow Aussie Mitchell Johnson will look to fill the void as will England all-rounder Tom Curran who has been roped in as Starc's replacement. The hosts thought they had him when he was given out caught behind, only for it to be rightly overturned on review.

Virat Kohli is as no-brainer as no-brainers get.

Another five overs with ABD and Kohli at the crease and RCB could've been reached a far higher total than the 176 for seven they settled for. He took some deliveries to get his eye in and played a few crafty shots to keep the pressure away in the tight chase.

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