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The dominant Kolkata Knight Riders produced a brilliant bowling effort after their batters’ sensational display of power hitting as they beat the lackluster Delhi Capitals by 106 runs and moved to the top of the IPL table in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Sunil Narine showed off his batting prowess with a blistering 85 as a teenager Angkrish Raghuvanshi (54 off 27) impressed with a fluent fifty on his IPL batting debut as KKR posted an imposing 272/7, five runs short of the highest total in the history of the tournament. The Capitals never looked like they were in the game, either with the ball or with the stick. They collapsed under total mammoth pressure.

Skipper Rishabh pants (55) scored his second consecutive half-century while Tristan Stubbs (54) also hit a fifty, but it was a lost cause as DC retreated for 166 in 17.2 overs to suffer their third defeat of the season.

KKR taking the top spot means Rajasthan Royals have slipped to the second position. Meanwhile, DC also fell two places to ninth place. Punjab Kings moved up to 7th position while Royal Challengers Bengaluru moved up to 8th.

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Continuing his explosive run, Narine punished all Delhi bowlers equally, sending the ball seven times over the boundary rope. He also hit seven fours during his 39-ball stay. The Capitals were guilty of dropping him to 53 and Narine made his opponents suffer by notching his highest ever score in T20 cricket.

Raghuvanshi (54 off 27 balls), who failed to hit in his first IPL match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru, was also firing on all cylinders, complementing Narine as the pair shared an explosive 104-run stand off 48 balls.

With Andrew Russell (41 off 19 balls) and Rinku Singh (26 off 8 balls) also getting the big hits, the batting looked like a breeze for KKR.

With the ball, leader Vaibhav Arora and KKR’s record-breaking Australian fast bowler Mitchel Starc deflated the chase in the powerplay itself, disposing of Delhi’s top four. Prithvi Shaw (ten), Mitchell Swamp (0), Abhishek Porel (0) and David Warner (18).

Pant and Stubbs formed a 93-run partnership, and although they managed to score early, the required run rate rose to over 20 runs per over and there was only one possible outcome.

Earlier, Delhi bowlers put up an unforgettable performance by conceding the highest total in the team’s history. KKR hit as many as 18 sixes and 28 fours.

Narine hit the first of his many boundaries when he hit a short ball par Khalil Ahmed at the deep point.

The West Indian has taken a particular liking to the veteran leader Ishant Sharmacollecting 26 runs from the fourth over, including three sixes and two fours, giving a glimpse of what was to come.

At the other end Phil Salt hit a few before being dropped by David Warner, but the Englishman was unable to take advantage of the reprieve, coming out with the very next ball to bring Raghuvanshi to mid on.

The 18-year-old hit his first ever ball of the IPL for a boundary and that was followed by four more.

KKR continued to hit numerous boundaries, amassing 88 runs in the powerplay as DC’s bowlers struggled to find ways to stop them.

DC appeared to make inroads by dismissing Narine and Raghuvanshi in consecutive overs, but Russell had other plans.

DC’s bowlers were guilty of feeding the all-rounder with full tosses which he sent to the boundary easily.

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