Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bowl

Virat Kohli

Kolkata: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Robin Uthappa (vc & wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles.

Eden Gardens is a lucky ground for KKR, they have won 6 of 10 played at the stadium. The bowling attack still does not inspire much confidence though, with massive responsibility on the shoulders of Chris Woakes and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Bangalore got off to a mixed start once they were put in.

In the pace department, Johnson will be assisted by R Vinay Kumar, U-19 World Cup victor Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and all-rounder Andre Russell. In the last season, Lynn scored 295 runs at a strike rate of 180.98.

In an interesting recruiting play, RCB have recruited the entire KKR bowling line-up from a year ago. But Narine castled him with a short delivery which held back a bit. But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Sunil Narine (1/30) got rid of the unsafe Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps. Then pitches it up and Russell doesn't miss out on those opportunities after the four slams a six over long on.

A B deVillers wen on a rampage before being dismissed by Nitish Rana. The cricketing pundits believe that this is the best RCB squad capable of winning the IPL, as captain Virat Kohli is eager than ever to win the elusive trophy. They had a partnership of 38 runs in 26 balls. The team has great hopes from Lynn to deliver some good runs. Though it was Narine who caught the bowlers off guard by smashing them all over the park. It began what would be Woakes' worst over of the night, in which he leaked 20 runs. Washington Sundar, 9. Navdeep Saini/Pawan Negi, 10.




Bowling with a remodelled action after his latest call of suspect action in the Pakistan Super League last month, Narine conceded just five runs and took one wicket from his first two overs.

Sunil Narine is a spinner who can also bat.

PREVIEW As KKR seek to create an new identity in the post-Gautam Gambhir era, it would not be a surprise to see a packed Sunday Eden crowd rooting for the star Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the RCB jersey. He took 33 deliveries for a slow knock.

Quick wickets of Narine and Uthappa would've set a panic mode in the KKR camp but the arrival of their skipper into the middle settled all the nerves. Sarfaraz Khan failed to get going, but Mandeep played a handy cameo of 37 (18) to lift Bangalore past 175. He added 64 for the third wicket with Kohli. Though Sundar pinned him in front, the game was never in threat for the home side. He eventually won them the game by 4 wickets and made sure there were no further hiccups on the way. He launched an assault on Umesh Yadav in the 17th over and eked out 15 runs off the over.

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