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Narine cripples RCB as
Gayle fails again
KOLKATA---Sunil Narine was
superb but his West Indies team-
mate Chris Gayle proved ordinary,
as Kolkata Knight Riders produced
a clinical all-round performance
to surge to a convincing 30-run
victory over Royal Challengers
Bangalore here yesterday.
Kolkata piled up 195 for four, with
opener Robin Uthappa pummelling
83 from 51 balls and Bangladeshi
Shakib Al Hasan, 60 from 38 deliv-
eries with five fours and three sixes.
In reply, RCB lost Gayle in the
second over for just six and then
failed to find the momentum to
mount a proper run chase, ending
on 165 for five.
Narine was the main destroyer,
finishing with four for 20 from his
Gayle faced nine deliveries and
struck one four---a whip through
square off seamer Umesh Yadav --
but was trapped on his crease off
the very next ball to fall lbw.
Gayle has scored 196 runs from
nine innings at an average of 21, and
a highest score of 46.
Wicketkeeper Yogesh Takawale
top scored with 45 and captain Virat
Kohli got 38, adding 85 for the sec-
ond wicket, and threatening to res-
cue the innings.
However, Narine removed both
in the 13th over -- his third of the
innings. He had Kohli taken at point
off the third delivery, cutting one
that bounced slightly and then
removed Takawale three balls later,
bowled playing on a delivery that
Yuvraj Singh took all his 22 runs
from Yadav s third over -- the 16th
of the innings -- before Narine also
took care of that threat.
Yuvraj holed out to long on off
the second ball of the next over and
AB de Villiers fell to the final delivery
of the over, bowled off-stump for
13.Narine s double blow put the seal
on the game for KKR, with the vic-
tory lifting them to third in the
standings but level on points with
second placed Chennai Super Kings
on 16 points.
RCB are one from bottom on ten
In the other match, Dwayne
Smith eclipsed the 500-run mark,
as his stellar season continued.
He smashed a typically quick-
fire 47 in a losing effort as his Chen-
nai Super Kings were out-gunned
by the Darren Sammy-led Sunrisers
Chennai rattled up 185 for three
but then watched as Sunrisers over-
hauled the total to win by six wick-
ets, with four balls left.
Smith crashed four fours and four
sixes off just 28 balls, adding 33
from 21 deliveries with South African
Faf du Plessis (19).
He also dominated a 35-run
stand for the second wicket with
Suresh Raina (4), before falling lbw
to leg-spinner Karn Sharma in the
Smith now has 501 runs for the
IPL campaign, joining Indian Robin
Uthappa (572) and Australians Glenn
Maxwell (533) and David Warner
In reply, Sunrisers were handed
a superb start by David Warner who
smashed 90 from 45 balls with 12
fours and three sixes. He put on an
explosive 116 for the first wicket
with Shikhar Dhawan, who scored
64.Chennai are second on 16 points,
two behind leaders Kings XI Punjab
while Sunrisers are fifth on 12 points.
Denesh Ramdin holds up his infamous paper with his response to legendary
West Indies player Sir Viv Richards. The message read: "Yeah Viv, Talk Nah".
Ramdin was celebrating a century during a Test against England in 2012.
Sir Viv wishes
ST JOHN S---Former West Indies
captain Sir Vivian Richards said the
onus is now on Trinidadian Denesh
Ramdin to prove he is the right man
for the job after being appointed cap-
tain of the West Indies Test team ear-
lier this month.
Sir Viv, who was the subject of
Ramdin s controversial gesture while
celebrating a century during a Test
against England in 2012, said he had
always had high hopes for the wick-
Upon reaching his century, the player
waved a piece of paper with the words
"Yeah Viv Talk Nah" scribbled, and
pointing it in the direction of the media
centre where the cricketing great sat.
"Sometimes, if you get the right sort
of substance and you think that s the
person who can help to move you for-
ward, there is nothing wrong with that.
But, as I said, he has a hard task ahead
of him. West Indies are in a position
that, I guess, we are very uncomfortable
with and I can only wish him the very
best," he said.
"I have always felt he has the talent
to be a captain regardless of whatever
he did at Trent Bridge and all that sort
of stuff. He would have lost his way
and I am hoping that at some point,
that in a big way could be of enormous
help for him in the future moving for-
Ramdin, according to the cricketing
legend, will need the support of all
current players if he is to succeed in
his new role.
"What I think is important also is
that the other players who are part of
that unit, that they all realise the posi-
tion we are in and it isn t just up to
Denesh Ramdin to turn it around," he
"When you look at our performances
over the years in that senior team, we
have always looked a little sporadic.
The team unity I guess and the spirit
and the energy that one needs to be
successful are sometimes missing and
his job is to try and rekindle that."
Sir Viv, who scored 8,540 runs in
121 Test matches at an average of 50.23,
lauded Darren Sammy for doing a
"Darren Sammy, in my opinion,
when West Indies cricket was on its
knees, he apparently did a magnificent
job helping to stop the flow in terms
of where we were going at the time
because it looked like we were on a
downward spiral and Darren Sammy
has done a magnificent job and let us
not forget that," he said.
"Sammy came at a time when West
Indies needed some leadership and, to
me, he held his hands up and I am
proud of him in terms of the leadership
role he would have played."
Sir Vivian is currently in Barbados
working with the Sagicor West Indies
High Performance Centre s team for
the upcoming series with Bangladesh
A, starting there next week. (CMC)
Anil salutes Keshorn
Sports minister Anil Roberts
has congratulated Keshorn
Walcott on his victory at the
IAAF World Challenge in Bei-
jing, China, on Wednesday.
Walcott produced the third
best throw of his career with a
hurl of 83.94 metres to strike
gold. "Indeed, it is great to see
our Olympic gold medallist once
again mount the podium in the
gold position after throwing
what was his best in competion
throw since the London 2012.
This is evidence of the young
man s consistent dedication and
focus. I also extend congratu-
lations to his coach Ismael Mas-
trapa who has created a program
that saw Keshorn fully recover
from his injury last year and
deliver an amazing performance
Roberts said Walcott s per-
formance was very encouraging
in the lead up to the 2014 Com-
monwealth Games in Scotland.
"Like the rest of the population,
I will continue to monitor his
progress and will ensure that
the Ministry of Sport and the
Sports Company stand ready to
provide the necessary support
for Keshorn and all our national
athletes to shine and succeed
on the international stage."
Kiwis not expecting much
help from Caribbean pitches
Boult says he is not expecting
wickets friendly to fast bowlers
in the Caribbean when New
Zealand take on the West Indies
in a three-test series starting next
The Black Caps depart tomor-
row, heading to Jamaica s Montego
Bay for a 10-day camp, which
includes two warm-up games,
ahead of the first test in Jamaica,
beginning on June 8.
Boult , who has formed a for-
midable partnership with Tim
Southee as New Zealand s dan-
gerous new ball-duo, says the use
of the new ball and the reverse
swing will factor heavily in the
outcome of matches.
"The wickets aren t really going
to be too pace bowler-friendly I
guess. But it s all part of it," Boult
"It s about test cricket and it s
about touring. It s going to be
New Zealand recently surpassed
Sri Lanka to reach No 6 in the ICC
rankings, having had a wonderful
home summer in scoring series
wins over both the Windies and
Against the West Indies, Boult,
who has now moved to a career-
high No 7 in the test bowling rank-
ings, totaled 20 wickets at 15.4.
"There s flat wickets in New
Zealand, there s flat wickets every-
where, so using the new ball, using
the swing is going to be important,
and then reverse swing s got to
factor into it in the later part of
the innings," said Boult who has
played just 22 tests but has 82
scalps to his name at the impres-
sive average of 26.59.
"So if we can exploit those two
things, as well as staying to our
lines and staying to our plans, I
think yeah, we re going to be suc-
cessful. We ve taken a lot of con-
fidence out of what we ve done to
their lineup here in New Zealand".
The Caribbean tour is Boult s
second since New Zealand s dis-
astrous tour of 2012. (CMC)
Keshorn Walcott won gold at
the IAAF World Challenge in
Beijing, China, on Wednesday.
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