Kolkata took on Bangalore in their first match of the Indian T20 League 2018 at Eden Gardens. It was the likes of Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana help the hosts get past Bangalore’s target of 177 runs. Narine went on to score a 17-ball 50, his second fifty in Indian T20 League. It was Chris Woakes, who claimed 3 wickets and kept Bangalore in the hunt.

Earlier, it was Brendon McCullum and AB de Villiers, who blasted Kolkata bowlers all around the park. Nitish Rana was the surprise package for Kolkata, claiming wickets of ABD and Virat Kohli. IN the end Mandeep Singh blitzed to a 18-ball 37, which meant Bangalore were able to reach 176 for 7.

Brendon McCullum scored a brisk 43 for Bangalore. He also surpassed 9,000 T20 runs © AFP
Brendon McCullum scored a brisk 43 for Bangalore. He also surpassed 9,000 T20 runs © AFP
Piyush Chawla pegged Bangalore's flow of runs in the Powerplay © AFP
Piyush Chawla pegged Bangalore’s flow of runs in the Powerplay © AFP
AB de Villiers top scored for Bangalore, making 43 runs. He added a crucial stand with Virat Kohli © AFP
AB de Villiers top scored for Bangalore, making 43 runs. He added a crucial stand with Virat Kohli © AFP
Nitish Rana was the surprise package for Kolkata. He picked wickets of ABD and Kohli © BCCI
Nitish Rana was the surprise package for Kolkata. He picked wickets of ABD and Kohli © BCCI
Mandeep Singh provide Bangalore late blitz making 37 off 18 balls © AFP
Mandeep Singh provide Bangalore late blitz making 37 off 18 balls © AFP
Sunil Narine scored his second Indian T20 League fifty in 17 balls. He provided Kolkata a brisk start © AFP
Sunil Narine scored his second Indian T20 League fifty in 17 balls. He provided Kolkata a brisk start © AFP
Kolkata co-owner Shahrukh Khan seen at Eden Gardens © AFP
Kolkata co-owner Shahrukh Khan seen at Eden Gardens © AFP
Dinesh Karthik carried bat for Kolkata making 35 off 29 runs in his sides' win © AFP
Dinesh Karthik carried bat for Kolkata making 35 off 29 runs in his sides’ win © AFP

Brief scores

Bangalore 176 for 7 in 20 overs (Brendon McCullum 43, Virat Kohli 31, AB de Villiers 44, Mandeep Singh 37; Nitish Rana 2 for 11, Vinay Kumar 2 for 30, Sunil Narine 1 for 30, Mitchell Johnson 1 for 30, Piyush Chawla 1 for 31) lost to Kolkata 177 for 6 in 18.5 overs (Sunil Narine 50, Nitish Rana 34, Dinesh Karthik 35*; Chris Woakes 3 for 36, Umesh Yadav 2 for 27) by 4 wickets.

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