IPL 2017 46th Match: Narine smashes joint-fastest IPL fifty as Knight Riders demolish Royal Challengers

Narine was named Man of the Match for hammering the joint-fastest fifty in IPL history

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Sunil Narine stunned the cricketing community when he smashed the joint-fastest fifty in Indian Premier League (IPL) history during the Kolkata Knight Riders’ six-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Narine, who needed just 15 balls to reach the half-century mark, also took two wickets to round off an exceptional all-round performance.

Being put in to bat first, the Royal Challengers got off the worst possible start as Chris Gayle was dismissed by Umesh Yadav on the first ball of the match.

Yadav struck again in his next over as he trapped captain Virat Kohli lbw for just five runs.

With AB de Villiers falling to Narine for 10, the Royal Challenger were once again teetering on the edge of another batting collapse as they had been reduced to 34/3.

However, Mandeep Singh and Travis Head ensured that did not happen as they put together a 71-run partnership, during which Mandeep brought up his half-century.

But, shortly after doing so, he was on his way back to the pavilion as he was removed by Narine for 52, which came off 43 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Mandeep made his fifth IPL fifty

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Even though Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi were sent packing for eight and five runs respectively, Head guided the Royal Challengers to 158/6 off their 20 overs thank to his unbeaten knock of 75, which came off 47 deliveries and included three boundaries and five sixes.

Head’s maiden IPL fifty went in vain

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Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Narine snapped up two and Chris Woakes chipped in with one.

Chasing 159 to win, the Knight Riders got off to a scorching start as Narine and Chris Lynn amassed a 105-run partnership at a run-rate of 17.02 in just 6.1 overs.

Narine also surpassed his half-century during the stand, but he was unable to go on and make the most of it as he was caught behind off the bowling of Aniket Choudhary for 54 off 17 balls, which included six boundaries and four sixes.

Lynn went on to make 50 off 22 deliveries, which included five boundaries and four sixes, before he was clean bowled by Negi.

Lynn scored his second IPL fifty

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Despite Colin de Grandhomme and captain Gautam Gambhir being dismissed for 31 and 14 respectively, the Knight Riders proceeded to reach their target with 29 balls to spare.

Negi was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Choudhary and Yuzvendra Chahal claimed one wicket each.

Narine was named Man of the Match.

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