Sunil Narine scored the fastest half-century in IPL history © AFP
Sunil Narine scored the fastest half-century in IPL history © AFP

Chasing a tricky target of 159 to win, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) displayed brutality against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and stormed to a 6-wicket victory. Sunil Narine joined his teammate Yusuf Pathan in scoring fastest fifty in IPL history, off a mere 15 balls. Chris Lynn scored a 22-ball 50. Kolkata Knight Riders won with 29 balls to spare. RCB, on their part, had very little to do, as it was sheer brilliance of KKR that handed them yet another defeat. Let us take a look at the highlights of what turned out to be a one-sided contest. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Match 46

Top order blown away: Once again, Royal Challengers Bangalore were off to a poor start. Chris Gayle, playing in his 100th match, fell off the first ball of the contest while Virat Kohli failed to make most of a lifeline. AB de Villiers perished soon after hitting two boundaries, and RCB were back to licking their wounds and hoping for some miracle. Luckily for them, Travis Head and Mandeep Singh did an excellent job of adding 71 runs for the fourth wicket to help RCB post a big score.

Mandeep strikes gold: Halfway through this IPL, it was apparent that Mandeep would join many others who have struggled for runs. But to the credit of the right-handed batsman, he worked hard to get back among runs. In the previous game, it looked like he would get a half-century, but Mandeep was dismissed for 46. However, Mandeep was strong enough to get past the mark, shifting gears in between and playing a matured innings. He began with a four and a six, but when the top order was removed for almost nothing on the board, Mandeep decided to rotate the strike and not take risks. At the end, he finished with 52 runs off 43 balls, with 4 boundaries and 1 six.

Travis Head makes it count: For the Australian all-rounder, it was important to keep building on the impressive performances produced earlier this year against Pakistan. However, it was deep into IPL 10 that Head played an innings of significance, smashing 5 sixes and 3 fours to make 75 not out off a mere 47 balls. He was intelligent as well as aggressive in his innings, choosing to attack only the bad balls and rotate the strike the rest of the time.

Umesh’s party spoiled: Till the final over, it looked like Umesh will bowl a fine spell. All the same, Head spoiled the numbers for the KKR bowler who had till then 3-0-15-2. Head collected 21 runs in the final over, hitting two sixes and a four, whereas Pawan Negi also scored  a boundary.

Lynnsanity resumes: Back into the field after a long gap, it did not look like Lynn had gone anywhere. He smacked 2 fours and 1 six in the first over to set the tone and finished with 50 runs off a mere 22 balls, studded with a total of 5 fours and 4 sixes.

The Narine storm: At a venue where ‘Gaylestorm’ generally strikes, it was Sunil Narine who went berserk. Narine scored 54 off a mere 17 balls, striking 4 sixes and 6 boundaries. He collected 25 runs off Samuel Badree, and also took a special liking for the pacer Sreenath Aravind. Narine brought up his half-century in a mere 15 balls, which is now the joint fastest in IPL history.

KKR on a rampage: Thanks to Narine and Lynn, KKR achieved the unthinkable. Without any of their usual heroes being involved in the process, KKR scored a mind-boggling 105 off just 36 balls. Both Narine and Lynn were at their brutal best, and RCB could do nothing but to feel ransacked.