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Narine's 15-ball half-ton matches IPL record

World Cricket
NEW DELHI, India – West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine equalled an Indian Premier League record as he hit a whirlwind half-century off just 15 balls to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to a big win over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Narine smashed a 17-ball 54 – including six fours and four sixes – as Kolkata reached the 159-run target in 15.1 overs to win by six wickets late on Sunday.

Narine and Australian Chris Lynn put together a 105-run opening partnership in the first six overs of Sunday's game. Lynn needed 22 balls to make his 50 at Bangalore's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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Sunil Narine equaled a three-year-old IPL record on Sunday. Photo: Philip Brown/Reuters

He was outdone by Narine who, despite being better known for his off-spin bowling, matched Yusuf Pathan's 15-ball half-ton for Kolkata in 2014.

"I'm surprised too. Lynn just said keep your eyes on the ball, keep focused and swing at it. I try to keep it simple," Narine said.

"I'll hopefully get used to the expectations but it really was a team effort. Umesh's (Umesh Yadav) wickets early especially were key and I'm thankful for it," added Narine.

Bangalore's batting again faltered with big-hitter Chris Gayle, who fell for a golden duck in his 100th IPL game, skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers managing just 15 runs between them.

Australia's Travis Head hit an unbeaten 47-ball 75 to take Bangalore to 158-6 in 20 overs. Kolkata paceman Yadav took three wickets while man-of-the-match Narine bagged two.

Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata lie second in the eight-team table, with bottom-placed Bangalore already out of the play-off race in the cash-rich league.

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