IPL 2021
IPL 2021: Sunil Narine Sinks RCB’s Ship In Eliminator, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Oct 11, 2021 11:25 pm
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Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders are up against each other in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League 2021 in Sharjah. KKR are looking for their third IPL title while RCB are in the quest to break the nil.

Sunil Narine played a handy cameo with the bat

Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first. He named an unchanged playing XI from their last league match against Delhi Capitals. Eoin Morgan also named an unchanged playing XI.

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Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli gave a good start to RCB in the powerplay and added 49 runs for the first wicket in the first five overs. Lockie Ferguson dismissed Padikkal for 21 and gave KKR a much-needed breakthrough and Srikar Bharat walked out to bat at 3. RCB scored 53/1 inside the powerplay.

Then KKR tighten the screw on RCB and didn’t give any boundary for the next five over. Sunil Narine dismissed Bharat in his first over for a 16-ball knock for 9 runs. Kohli went for a slog but Narine kept the ball straight and bowled him for 39.

AB de Villiers came and showed his intent but Narine was too hot to handle for him as well. De Villiers got bowled for 11. RCB was going nowhere with their batting and Narine nailed the final nail in the coffin in his final over when he dismissed Glenn Maxwell for 15. Narine took 4/21 in his four-over spell. RCB huffed and puffed to 138/7 in 20 overs.

In response, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer took KKR off to a good start. The duo added 41 runs before Harshal Patel dismissed Gill with a slower ball. Yuzvendra Chahal took no time in removing Rahul Tripathi. Venkatesh Iyer kept his cool and dug deep but Harshal Patel’s variations did the trick once again.

Sunil Narine came out to bat at number 5 as a floater. This throw of the dice paid off for KKR as he smashed Daniel Christian for 22 runs. He smashed his first three balls for consecutive sixes along with two wides and two singles. In the process, Narine became the first batsman in the history of IPL to hit three sixes on the first three balls of his innings.

Also Read: Sunil Narine smashes Daniel Christian for three sixes in a row, watch here

He got out after scoring 26 runs in 15 balls where he hit three sixes. KKR ran away with the game thanks to this cameo by Narine. Mohammed Siraj tried to pull things back when he dismissed Narine and Dinesh Karthik in the same over but KKR was still ahead. Shakib Al Hasan remained calm and took KKR over the line with four wickets in hand.

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