Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spin bowler Sunil Narine picked up two wickets but his side Kolkata Knight Riders lost by ten runs against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) cliff hanger yesterday.
Royals held their nerves under extreme pressure to edge Kolkata in a nail-biting Super Over finish in a fifth round encounter at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Having set a target of 153 in 20 overs for KKR, the Royals bowlers kept their calm at the death as they restricted Gautam Gambhir’s men to 152 for eight in 20 overs.
Narine finished with two wickets for 28 runs from four overs and was involved in breaking an opening partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair that produced 52 runs.
Narine did well to throw down the stumps at the striker’s end after Karun flicked Andre Russell’s delivery straight to fine leg.
In yesterday’s other match Barbados and West Indies opener Dwayne Smith roared to a blistering half century and carried a dominant Chennai Super Kings to a crushing eight wicket victory Delhi Daredevils.
Smith targeted every Daredevil bowler and plundered boundaries at will, cracking a top score of 79 to lead an exciting run chase that overhauled a target of 179..
Smith’s batting exploits, and with a contribution of 47 from Suresh Raina, helped Super Kings secure their sixth straight win in the IPL.
CSK reach the target with two balls to spare as the Barbadian batsman dominated with his 51-ball knock highlighted by eight sixes and four sixes.
Smith departed in the 19th over when his side needed 11 runs off 8 balls, caught at the edge of the straight boundary lofting a full toss down the ground.
The win ensures CSK strengthen their position at the top while Delhi will now find it extremely difficult to go beyond the first stage of the tournament.
Today it’s Mumbai Indians with Trinidad and Tobago duo Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons and Jamaican Krishmar Santokie versus Royal Challengers Bangalore whose team includes Trinidad and Tobago pacer Ravi Rampaul and Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle.