Lynn returns in Knight Riders victory

Mumbai CSK players Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni during a practice session. PTI

The third match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 is between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Opener Brendon McCullum set it up for RCB with a sensational 27-ball 43 (6x4, 2x6) while AB de Villiers made the Eden Gardens crowd cheer for them with his scintillating 23-ball 44, which was studded with five mouth-watering sixes and one boundary.

However, Kolkata won with seven balls to spare against an attack including former KKR all-rounder Chris Woakes (3-36) thanks to contributions from captain Dinesh Karthik (35no), Rana (34) and Andre Russell (15).

With de Villiers blazing all guns at one point their run graph was looking past 200 but part-time off-spinner Rana produced twin dismissals in two balls - De Villiers and Kohli - to reduce RCB for 127/4 in 14.2 overs.

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The insane hittiing, however, continued for RCB even after McCullum's wicket as AB de Villiers was in a mood of unstoppable firing with the bat. Kolkata side has got Lynn, Russell, Narine, and Johnson in form of foreign players. Umesh Yadav eased the tension at the RCB dug-out with two quick wickets. New Zealand all-rounders Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme and bowler Tim Southee join former worldwide superstar Brendon McCullum on the roster. He took charge immediately, launching Kuldeep for two sixes.

KKR now face CSK in an away game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 10 while RCB head to home to take on KXIP at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on April 13. As many as 16 runs were leaked in the final over by Karnataka pacer Vinay Kumar who had a forgettable comeback for KKR.

Virat Kohli is as no-brainer as no-brainers get. De Villiers welcomed him with a huge six but the move paid off soon as he top-edged the next ball which hurried on the batsmen. But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Narine (1/30) got rid of the unsafe Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps. Rana, not getting another over was, however, bit shocking. Interestingly, they included Rinku Singh in the team who had rocked the domestic season with the bat this year and also picked Mitchell Johnson purely on the basis of pace.

Virat Kohli said he is "120 percent" committed to leading the franchise to their maiden IPL win.

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