KKR's newly-appointed captain Dinesh Karthik elected to field and his side got off to a bad start as Vinay Kumar (2/30) leaked 14 runs in the first over, McCullum flicking him down the leg side for a four in the very first ball. Narine, earlier, had the record of scoring the fastest 50 in IPL off 15 balls which KL Rahul broke against DD earlier on Sunday.
Bowling has always been RCB's weaker suit but with Southee and Woakes likely to start, the attack, along with Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, looks far more potent for 2018. However, it's not so big (area wise) that Karthik would worry to chase the target. The 34-year-old smashed Kuldeep Yadav for two consecutive sixes in the 10th over and then hit Mitchell Johnson for a four and a six two overs later.
Last year's two of the most successful spinners in worldwide cricket- Kuldeep Yadav (KKR) and Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) will play a major role in their respective teams.
De Villiers, who overturned a caught-behind dismissal against Mitchell Johnson on 23, was pouched by Johnson at long-on, while Kohli was bowled by a yorker that squeezed under his bat.
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Writing in his column for Times of India, De Villiers said the ongoing season of the cash-rich league was his eighth with RCB. He was kept inside the inner-circle throughout the first innings before re-igniting Kolkata's damaging opening duo alongside Sunil Narine. Sarfraz Khan failed to get going and it was only due to Mandeep Singh that they were able to post a competitive total of 176 runs after their 20 overs. Washington Sundar, 9. Navdeep Saini/Pawan Negi, 10. Umesh Yadav eased the tension at the RCB dug-out with two quick wickets. Kohli is clear at [3.4] but AB De Villiers, after issues with injury, looked somewhere close to his best towards the end of the South African global season and he's the pick at a generous [4.3].
Virat Kohli said he is "120 percent" committed to leading the franchise to their maiden IPL win.
Narine punishes RCB - again: Virat Kohli must get sick of watching Sunil Narine at the crease, with the Trinadian blasting a vital 50 from just 19 balls to give Kolkata the flawless platform to launch from.