Returning Queenslander and West Indian destroy battling RCB with epic opening stand
Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine combined for an Indian Premier League record opening stand to setup a comfortable win over the struggling Royal Challengers Banaglore on Sunday.
Lynn and Narine posted a remarkable 105 from the six powerplay overs - the most in the tournament's 10-year history - to lay the foundation for a six-wicket win in Bengaluru.
Returning after a shoulder injury that sidelined him almost a month, Lynn cracked five fours and four sixes in his 22-ball 50 but remarkably his innings played second fiddle to the awesome Narine.
The West Indian, who at one stage was five from four balls, clobbered the RCB attack to all parts of M Chinnaswamy Stadium to record the joint-fastest IPL 50 from just 15 balls.
Narine hammered six fours and a quartet of maximums to sink any hopes Virat Kohli's charges had of snapping a five-match losing streak.
While the pair were dismissed within eight balls after their opening onslaught, Kolkata cruised to their target of 159 with 29 balls to spare - Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan at the crease when the winning runs were struck.
Earlier, Bangalore's batting woes continued.
Chris Gayle was dismissed from the first ball of the match - his leading edge ballooning to cover from the bowling of paceman Umesh Yadav.
Kohli and AB de Villiers again fell cheaply; the India captain lbw to Umesh and the South African bowled by Narine.
With the 'Big 3' back in the sheds, Australian Travis Head exploded to post an unbeaten 75 from 47 balls, including a run of 6,6,4 to finish the hosts' innings.
Head's knock, however, was to no avail as Lynn and Narine quashed any hopes of an RCB victory.