Narine stars with fiver
KOLKATA, India – Sunil Narine produced a brilliant spell, but his Kolkata Knight Riders went down by two runs in a nail-biter to Kings XI Punjab on Sunday here.
The exciting West Indies off-spinner, who also starred in the recent Digicel 2012 Series against Australia in the Caribbean, claimed five wickets for 19 runs from four stingy overs, as Kings XI were limited to 134 for nine after they were sent in to bat at Eden Gardens.
Mandeep Singh top-scored with 38 while Australian David Hussey hit 32.
Narine got a wicket with the fifth ball of the match, having Australian Adam Gilchrist caught at cover attempting a big hit for five.
He then deceived and bowled Shaun Marsh for one with the second ball of his next over before being pulled from the attack.
Narine returned to take wickets in successive deliveries in his third over, the 18th of the innings.
In their turn at the crease however, Narine’s Knight Riders were restricted to 132 for seven after requiring nine off the last over to win.
Lower-order batsman Debabrata Das hit a top score of 35, but Kolkara’s big guns misfired with South African Jacques Kallis falling for one and Gautam Gambhir getting 22.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the leading bowler with three for 18.
In Bangalore, West Indies opener Chris Gayle failed with eight, as the Royal Challengers Bangalore went down by 59 runs to Rajasthan Royals.
Playing at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, the Royals were propelled to 195 for two by Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 103 after opting to bat.
When Royal Challengers batted, Gayle smashed a six before being bowled in the fifth over, as his side crashed to 136 all out with a ball remaining in the innings.