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IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets

 Sunil Narine slammed a quick-fire fifty to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in their opening match of Indian Premier League season 11 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

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Hosts KKR chased down the 177-run target in 18.5 overs. Skipper Dinesh Karthik, 35 not out off 29 balls, took the team home with seven balls to spare. Chris Woakes (3/36) and Umesh Yadav (2/27) shared five KKR wickets.

Narine gave the hosts a blazing start in their chase as he clobbered Yuzvendra Chahal for a four and a six in first two balls of the innings. But his opening partner Chris Lynn was dismissed in the second over by Woakes. Narine though kept the scoring-rate high and smacked Woakes for 20 runs in the fourth over by hitting couple of sixes and fours.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 177/6 (Sunil Narine 50; Chris Woakes 3/36) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 176/7 (AB de Villiers 44; Nitish Rana 2/11) by four wickets

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