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Sunil Narine produced a match-winning performance with ball and bat as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on Monday. They now face Delhi Capitals in qualifier two on October 13. If they win the game, they will game they face Chennai Super Kings in the final on October 15, looking for their third IPL title.
Sunil Narine took 4/21 and scored 26 off 15 as KKR chased down 139 required to win with four wickets to spare in the final over. Their openers set up the chase for them as Narine and Rana played crucial hands in ensuring a KKR win.
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“Any good performance in a match-winning game is always good. Today was my day and made the best use of it. All wickets I enjoy. I’m not that close to what I was before but I’m getting there. Hard work is paying off. Always get some heart beats before the game. But cool and calm during the game. Prefer to have the ball in hand which you can control” said Narine on his performance against RCB.
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) October 11, 2021
That Winning Feeling!
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 11, 2021
As a parent, it has been an awful time for @iamsrk . However, even if very briefly, the performance by @Eoin16 & his men in @KKRiders colours tonight, would have given some satisfaction to The Face of the @IPL franchise. #KKR , #RCBvsKKR https://t.co/hvHucDlmRj
— Lokendra Pratap Sahi (@lpsahi) October 11, 2021
Change of venue, changed the way they played cricket in the second half. Special victory by #kkr
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 11, 2021
Things you love to see: this
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 11, 2021
The finisher and his weapons
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 11, 2021
Champion stuff from champion himself #SunilNarine 4 for 21 and those 3 big sixes
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 11, 2021
Eoin Morgan, was unbeaten on seven to see his team home. He added a 13-run stand with Shakib Al Hasan who scored the winning runs scoring nine off six balls. KKR finished the game off with two balls to spare needing seven to win in the final over.
“The way the wicket played we thought we have to bat quite deep. Onwards and upwards for us. For us it’s a matter of coming back, adjusting and seeing what the wicket does. Looking forward to it. The cricket that we have played and the consistency we have shown has surprised everybody. He’s a true legend of T20 cricket and we’re delighted to have him (Narine)” said Morgan on KKR’s win.