Kolkata Knight Riders notched up a comfortable win by six wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore after Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine blazed away to put on 105 runs in a space of six overs. Lynn inclusion in the side has provided Kolkata with more firepower after Uthappa did a wonderful job at the top of the order with Australian out due to injury.
Kolkata showcased a belligerent performance with the bat while chasing 159 runs posted by Royal Challengers Bangalore while batting first at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Lynn started the onslaught with two boundaries and a huge six off the first over of the innings as leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal opened the bowling for Bangalore. Sunil Narine then went on a rampage as he smashed three sixes off Samuel Badree overs to get Kolkata off to a brisk start. Sreenath Aravind poor form continued as he was smashed to all parts of the ground with Sunil Narine clocking up his fastest half-century in Indian Premier League.
Lynn continued his aggressive stroke play to decimate Bangalore bowling lineup inside ten overs. Narine was dismissed by Aniket Chaudhary as he departed after scoring 54 runs off just 17 balls. Lynn also notched up his 50 but soon perished as Pawan Negi clean bowled him to see Kolkata lose their second wicket with 107 runs on the board after 7.3 overs. Bangalore have no chance of making a comeback in the game as Colin de Grandhomme and Gautam Gambhir made sure the side accomplish the target within 15 overs. Knight Riders have moved close to securing their place in the playoffs of the competition.
Earlier in the game, Royal Challengers Bangalore batted first as top order once again failed with Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers failing to make an impact in the game. Mandeep Singh played well as he notched up his half century and added 71 runs with Travis Head who top-scored for RCB with unbeaten 75 runs. The innings by Head ensured that Bangalore posted a score above 150-run mark after 20 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore losing streak does not seem to end as the franchise has endured its worst season since the inception of Indian Premier League in 2008. Kolkata will try to win their remaining games to finish with maximum points to have a full go at winning the crown for a record-third time.