Sunil Narine smashes 17-ball fifty as Kolkata beat RCB in IPL

Virat Kohli optimistic Royal Challengers Bangalore chances of winning Indian Premier League IPL cricket

Virat Kohli “We are optimistic about the season”

Familiar faces who remain in the squad are the likes of Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Andre Russell, who will all have a big role to play.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have collated perhaps the most impressive group of A-grade talent.

KKR are looking to make a fresh start under new captain Dinesh Karthik as they bid to win the IPL title for the third time after previous wins in 2012 and 2014.

His innings gave RCB a flying start with 52/1 in the Powerplay before Narine tied up the proceedings from one end.

He shuffled around the crease superbly to disturb the length of the bowlers, especially Kuldeep Yadav by hitting him for two back-to-back sixes. The onus will be upon him to regroup the side since Gambhir's departure and bring KKR back to winning ways after the franchise had three relatively quiet seasons.

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De Villiers (44, 23b, 1x4, 5x6), judging every ball to perfection until that moment, top-edged a pull to mid-wicket.

It required a massive stroke of bravery - or luck - to stop de Villiers.

There were times when batsmen around the world were wondering how to pick Sunil Narine the bowler. The list is topped by West Indian Chris Gayle-265 sixes.Earlier, during the first match of the day between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils, the former scripted a comfortable 6-wicket win in Mohali. AB De Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Quinton De Kock, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Corey Anderson and Colin De Grandhomme are all strong picks but if Bangalore are to go deeper into the tournament, they should perhaps look at rotating their overseas a little more than they have in the past. He went to the pavilion by scoring 43 runs from 26 balls. In the spin department young Washington Sundar is valuable addition along with Yuzvendra Chahal forming a dynamic spin combination. Umesh Yadav eased the tension at the RCB dug-out with two quick wickets. As many as 16 runs were leaked in the final over by Vinay Kumar who had a forgettable comeback for KKR. But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Sunil Narine (1/30) got rid of the unsafe Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps.

Bangalore have the luxury of Kohli and AB de Villiers in the form of their lives.

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