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KKR win toss, opt to bowl

KKR win toss, opt to bowl

Bengaluru, May 7 Sunil Narine hit the joint fastest half-century in IPL as Kolkata Knight Riders spanked Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets to become the third team to qualify for the Play-offs, here today. "From that point of view, spin bowling is going to play a big role and our spinners are looking forward to that challenge", said Simon Katich, on the newly-laid wicket at the Chinnaswamy.

His Kolkata Knight Riders counterpart, Yusuf Pathan had smashed a fifty off 15 deliveries in IPL 2014. His knock was dotted with six fours and four sixes.

KKR had handed out a 82-run defeat to RCB after bundling them out for 49 - the lowest score in IPL history. The Royal Challengers Bangalore in particular have been failing miserably.

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Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine combined for an Indian Premier League record opening stand to setup a comfortable win over the struggling Royal Challengers Banaglore on Sunday. Narine was finally caught behind off Aniket Choudhary but his knock put the result beyond any doubt.

RCB, who were asked to bat first, got off to the worst possible start, losing the wicket of Chris Gayle in the first ball of the match. For Kolkata, victory will all but their seal their berth in the playoffs.

"Well to be honest, I have never seen anybody else hitting as hard as Lynn".

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The duo went on to record the highest score ever in a powerplay, plundering 105 runs in it that included 11 boundaries and eight sixes combined. While Narine finished as the Player of the Tournament in the 2012 edition of the league with 24 wickets, the 2017 edition of the league is all set to mark the discovery of Narine as the explosive opener. "We also thought it would make it easy on Lynn to take his time at the other end on his return". "I try to keep it simple and back my ability", Narine said.

"Nothing has changed off the field this season and since I have been with RCB", he noted when asked as to what has been the mood in the team.

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