Narine smashes fastest 50 in IPL as KKR defeat RCB
Kolkata Knight Riders opener Sunil Narine joined teammate Yusuf Pa-than on the fastest Indian Premier League half-century record list on Sunday. Narine reached the half century mark off 15 deliveries against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. His knock was dotted with six fours and four sixes.Yusuf Pathan is knock had come in 2014, also off 15 deliveries, against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Giving the West Indies opener company was Chris Lynn, who smashed his second fifty of the season.
Narine has been the secret of Kolkata’s success this IPL. Captain Gautam Gambhir’s ingenuity of promoting the spinner as an opener has paid off for the twice-IPL champions. When he walked in with aopponents were caught unaware. The surprise worked and he hammered 37 off 18 balls. He was back again as an opener against Gujarat Lions after being demoted for one game and his 42 off 15 gave Kolkata the perfect start to win the game.
On Sunday, Narine and Lynn made a mockery of the Bangalore bowlers as they took them to the cleaners. The West Indian also broke the record of Lynn who scored 50 in 19 balls against Gujarat Lions this season.
Narine demolishes RCB with fastest IPL fifty
Kolkata Knight Riders 158 for 4 (Narine 54, Lynn 50) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 158 for 6 (Head 75*, Mandeep 52, Umesh 2-36) by six wickets
Facing up against Kolkata Knight Riders can be a frightening prospect and Sunil Narine has contributed to that image immensely. But, even as his bowling was being worked out, he has found a new way to send shivers down the opposition’s spine. He has, get this, fashioned himself into an opening batsman and has had such freakish success that he now holds the record for the fastest fifty (15 balls) in IPL history.
On the back of that breathtaking innings, and Chris Lynn’s 50 off 22 on return from injury, Knight Riders recorded the highest score in the Powerplay – 105 runs in 36 balls. The target of 159 never even stood a chance.
Full tosses. Length balls. Wide balls. Knight Riders batsmen were supplied with a veritable buffet and Narine dined out in style. He began with a hat-trick of sixes – picking the googly from Samuel Badree twice and belting them both over long-off. The next one that went out of the park brought up his fifty as he equalled Yusuf Pathan’s record. There were 19 boundaries in the Powerplay. That’s a four or six every 1.89 deliveries. Royal Challengers, in their entire innings, managed only 17.