New Delhi: West Indian cricketer Sunil Narine has been a real headache for the opposition batsmen, in the shortest format of the game. In the slam-bang version, where batsmen look to score swiftly, Narine, most of the times, manages to let them dance to his tunes.
And the script was no different when, the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner, played against one of the strongest teams of the on-going Champions League, Chennai Super Kings, in their opening match.
Trinidad-born bowler, gave the CSK batsmen, who are known for their big shots, a tough time in the middle. The 'mystery spinner', conceded mere nine runs in his stipulated four overs and scalped the wicket of Suresh Raina – mainstay of CSK batting line up. He trapped the batsman in front of the wicket in his second over of the match.
However, when he came to bowl in the 16th over of the innings, two hard hitting batsmen – MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo – were in the middle. But the offie gave mere three runs in the over, out of which only one came from the bat.
KKR skipper used Narine wisely and then handed him the ball in the 18th over of the innings. As per his reputation, the tweaker successfully managed to keep his compatriot Bravo silent, who faced five deliveries and couldn't score a single run.
KKR have a trump card in Narine and if they want to lift their maiden CLT20 trophy this season, he has to play a key role in the tournament, which he has been doing for the Kolkata franchise for years.