Sunil Narine's KKK lose
KOLKATA, India (CMC):
Sunil Narine produced a cameo with the bat in the opening role, but proved ineffective with the ball, as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) went down by four wickets to Dwayne Smith's Gujarat Lions at Eden Gardens here yesterday.
Sent in, KKR piled up a respectable 187 for five off their 20 overs, with Robin Uthappa top-scoring with 72 and West Indies player Narine chiming in with a positive 42 off a mere 17 deliveries.
In reply, the Lions were propelled by captain Suresh Raina's 46-ball 84, as they overhauled their target with 10 balls to spare.
The defeat for KKR was their second in six outings and left them second in the standings on eight points, while the Lions registered just their second win and remained one from bottom.
Once again thrust into the role of opener, the left-handed Narine flourished, spanking nine fours and a six in a stroke-filled innings.
The Trinidadian blasted three fours off the opening over from Praveen Kumar and followed up with another four boundaries in the second over from Australian seamer James Faulkner which cost 17 runs.