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Narine’s KKR cruises to win over Royals
T&T mystery spinner Sunil Narine’s Kolkata Knight Riders used the comfort of their home territory to register only their fourth win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday, effortlessly beating Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets.
Both teams had stuffed their teams with spinners as though it was a fifth day Kanpur pitch, but it was Knight Riders' spinners who strangled Royals' batsmen before Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis pushed the team over the line with 16 balls to spare.
The victory has kept Knight Riders' chances of making it to the play-offs alive, but the task ahead remains extremely difficult: five wins in five matches required from here. Royals, on the other hand, maintained its hold on the third spot on the points table.
Batting first, Royals was restricted to 132 for six off their 20 overs, thanks to a knock of 40 from 18-year-old Sanju Samson.
Narine took just one wicket in his four overs—that of Australian batsman Shane Watson leg before wicket for 35—but went for just 20 runs. Sachithra Senanayake was the best KKR bowler with 2/26.
In their turn at the crease, KKR cruised home with 16 balls to spare, thanks to Yusuf Pathan (49) and South African Jacques Kallis (33) who were both not out at the end.