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Man of mystery Sunil Narine continues all-round transformation

IPL 2017 RCB to play for pride
Montrelle Montesinos | 10 May, 2017, 16:58

The seamer took 3-22 and became the first man in IPL history to dismiss Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in one match as Kings XI gave their play-off hopes a boost by successfully defending 138-7.

So far, RCB have managed to win only two games in 13 matches and now, the Bangalore-based side is languishing at the bottom of the table with 5 points.

On the back of the blitz at the top of the innings, Kolkata went on to post a comfortable win with Colin de Grandhomme also making an useful contribution, scoring 31 from 28 balls.

Having won the toss, Gautam Gambhir asked RCB to bat first.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore were on the wrong end of a sound drubbing as the Kolkata Knight Riders made quick work of a target of 159. The losing streak continues and none of the batsmen in the RCB have been able to perform even remotely well. The West Indian took compatriot Samuel Badree to the cleaners in the fourth over, smashing 25 runs that began with a hat-trick of sixes. The change of pace did the trick as Kohli was beaten by Yadav and was caught plumb in front of the wickets.

Even though Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi were sent packing for eight and five runs respectively, Head guided the Royal Challengers to 158/6 off their 20 overs thank to his unbeaten knock of 75, which came off 47 deliveries and included three boundaries and five sixes.

With 18 for 2 in 3.3 overs, Marsh and Vohra tried to stabilise the innings and they were nearly successful but after adding 21 runs in 3.3 overs the latter was sent packing by spinner Pawan Negi.

Kohli's (5; 9b; 0x4, 0x6) poor form continued unabated as the India captain could not make the most of his reprieve when Piyush Chawla grassed him at mid-off to get out in the very next ball. The change of pace did the trick as Kohli was beaten by Yadav's delivery to be out LBW. AB de Villiers meanwhile has scored only one half-century in seven innings, and has been dismissed for single-digit scores in three of his last four innings.

With their best three batsmen gone for a meagre score, RCB reached 63 for three at the halfway stage with Mandeep and Head holding fort. But he got out immediately in the 16th over before Head took the score to 158 for 6 with some late big hitting.