Narine, Lynn demolish Bangalore

Sunil Narine joined his teammate Yusuf Pathan in scoring fastest fifty in IPL history, off a mere 15 balls.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were hit by a Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn storm as they slumped to their 10th defeat of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Kolkata Knight Riders were absolutely relentless yet again for the second time in this season against Virat Kohli’s side.

Having won the toss, Gautam Gambhir asked RCB to bat first. Once again, Royal Challengers Bangalore were off to a poor start. Chris Gayle, playing in his 100th match, fell off the first ball of the contest while Virat Kohli failed to make most of a lifeline. AB de Villiers perished soon after hitting two boundaries, and RCB were back to licking their wounds and hoping for some miracle. Luckily for them, Travis Head and Mandeep Singh did an excellent job of adding 71 runs for the fourth wicket to help RCB post a big score.

Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn became the unlikeliest destructive force at the top of the order for KKR, combining for a 105-run stand for the opening wicket in just 36 deliveries and took the game away from RCB. Sunil Narine scored the fastest fifty in the history of the IPL. He now joins Yusuf Pathan who also achieved the feat three years ago from just 15 balls. KKR scored the most number of runs in the powerplay overs in the history of IPL. 105 runs in 6 overs. KKR became the second team in the history after Chennai Super Kings to have scored 100 runs in the first six overs in IPL.

Narine (54 from 17 balls) reached his fifty in just 15 balls, the same number of deliveries his teammate Yusuf Pathan had consumed in 2014 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, as he played some stunning shots much to the disappointment of the home crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The West Indian and his opening partner Chris Lynn (50 from 22 balls) put on 105 runs from just 6.1 overs in a show of batting pyrotechnics as KKR chased down the target of 159 in a jiffy. They romped home with 4.5 overs to spare.

The win, their eighth of the season, sealed KKR a play- offs berth with 16 points from 12 matches. Already out of reckoning, RCB, on the other hand, slumped to their 10th defeat in 13 matches to remain at the bottom of league table with mere five points.

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