Ranchi: Spinner Sunil Narine proved to be the stand-out performer with a four-wicket haul as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets on Sunday to keep alive their faint hopes of reaching the play-offs stage of the Pepsi Indian Premier League.


Opting to field, KKR restricted RCB to 115 for nine, and then chased down the modest target with four balls to spare at the JSCA International Stadium Complex.
Narine finished with impressive figures of four for 22 off his four overs and there were two wickets apiece for Jacques Kallis and Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Kallis, also top-scored for the 'hosts', playing a responsible knock of 41 off 45 balls. Manoj Tiwary made 24 off 27 balls.
 After doing a good job with the ball, KKR were dealt an early blow as Manvinder Bisla was sent back by Ravi Rampaul in their innings' first over. Gambhir and Kallis steadied KKR with a 31-run partnership for the second wicket.
Playing according to the situation, the two experienced pros relied on the ones and twos, besides hitting boundaries occasionally.
In the fourth over bowled by Abhimanyu Mithun, the KKR skipper scored three successive fours -- all through the off-side, with the first one almost going all the way for a maximum.
However, what was turning out to be a promising stand, was cut short as R Vinay Kumar induced a thick outside edge off the blade of Gambhir for Chris Gayle, the lone slip fielder, to pounce on to the offering.
Yusuf Pathan arrived, and straightaway got into the groove, hitting Murali Kartik's tossed up delivery for a massive six over long-on.
Earlier, on a slow wicket, RCB struggled to score freely. Chris Gayle found the going tough, hitting just one four and a six for his 33, before being stumped off Narine's bowling.
AB de Villiers was the next best scorer with a 22-ball 28. Attempting a reverse sweep off Balaji immediately after hitting the paceman for a six in the 16th over, the South African found a faint edge and Bisla took a well-judged catch.
Apart from Gayle, Narine accounted for the wickets of Saurabh Tiwary (1), Rampaul (0) and Mithun (2).
Gambhir began with spinner Sachitra Senanayake and Balaji and the two bowlers provided a superb start by giving away just 16 runs in the first five overs. Senanayake dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara in the fifth over and Gayle was also subdued.


Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla, Gautam Gambhir (c), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary, Dedadrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Sachithra Senanayake, Sunil Narine, Laxmipathy Balaji.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques, Saurabh Tiwary, Ravi Rampaul, Abhimanyu Mithun, R Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, Jaydev Unadkat.


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