(Trinidad Guardian) Narine demolished Royal Challengers Bangalore to equal the record for the fastest 50 in the IPL, reaching the landmark in 15 balls, to propel KKR to a six-wicket victory, the same margin for the Lions after Smith brutalised the Kings XI Punjab bowling to top Hashim Amla’s second hundred of the tournament.
For KKR, the result meant that they are now second in the standings on 16 points from 12 matches – two behind Mumbai Indians, who have a game in hand – leaving the once glamourous RCB firmly rooted on the bottom on five points with one more match to play and no chance of a playoff berth.
For the Lions, they are sixth on eight points – two behind the fifth-placed Kings XI – with both teams out of contention for a place in the playoffs.
The left-handed Narine, again opening the batting, smashed six fours and four sixes in the top score of 54 from just 17 balls and Australian Chris Lynn, on his return from injury, added an even 50 from only 22 balls, as KKR made light work of a target of 159 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The KKR opening pair were primarily responsible for a World record highest score in the Power Play of 105 from 36 balls, as the visitors crossed the finish line with 29 balls remaining.