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Fantasy AnalysisNarine blasted six fours and one six as an opening stick for Knight Riders, his 34 was the top-score for the match in a game that included the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle. Opening the batting with the West Indies international has been a productive ploy for Kolkata, in his four matches at the top he has scores of 34, 42, six, and 37. The mystery spinner didn't get a chance to bowl after Knight Riders' pacers bowled Royal Challengers our for just 49.
Fantasy AnalysisOpening the batting, Narine got his side off to a rollicking start with nine fours and a six from only 17 balls to reach a score of 42, when he was caught by Australian allrounder James Faulkner from the bowling of Suresh Raina. It was a different story with the ball, however, as Narine was taken for 42 from his four overs without a wicket. He was particularly attacked by Aaron Finch, who took him for 16 from the six balls that he faced, including a six over midwicket.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine turned on a brilliant all-rounder performance in KKR's eight-wicket win in their first home match of the season, being both stingy with the ball and productive with the bat. While he claimed only one wicket in the first innings -- Marcus Stoinis for nine -- Narine surrendered just 19 runs in his four overs of bowling for an unbeaten economy rate of 4.75. It was a similar performance to last week's loss to the Mumbai Indians, when he bowled one for 22. However, this time he also produced a solid 37 runs, justifying the promotion to opening batsman. Narine sent seven balls to the boundary from 18 deliveries, three of them for sixes. His strike rate of 205.55 also led KKR.
Fantasy AnalysisOne of three West Indies bowlers to nab three wickets, Narine took to his middle and death overs well, racking up 13 dot balls in all and limiting the opposition to a pair of boundaries (both fours). Among the dots were the scalps of Ahmed Shehzad in the ninth and Sarfraz Ahmed and Sohail Tanvir in the 16th. The chase of 132 was a different story, though. Before entering at No. 9, four of his teammates were dropped for single-digit scores, putting pressure on the lower order to wrap up the match. Narine himself was run out at nine on the second-to-last ball, as the hosts fell for the second consecutive game to begin the series.
Fantasy AnalysisIn a surprising stunt Narine opened the batting for the first time in his professional career. The West Indian mystery-spinner clobbered two boundaries and one six in his 13-ball 21. During Renegades' defense of their 171 Narine bowled four overs for 26 runs, without conceding a boundary. Although he didn't take a wicket his boundary-less spell produced three run-outs in the 17th over.
Fantasy AnalysisUncapped at the Test level and having not played an international match since Dec. 2014, the soon-to-be 31-year-old is relatively inexperienced in international play, but will receive a call-up nonetheless. He performed admirably in the CPL as a bowler for the Trinbago Knight Riders and will provide New Zealand with another spinner for the tricky pitches of India alongside Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner. In 10 ODI's in his career, he has one half-century as a batsman and has taken four wickets in nine innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe West Indian offspinner continues to make his return after being suspended by the ICC due to a suspect bowling action, picking up three wickets against the Patriots including top scorer Evin Lewis (79). Narine also contributed with the bat, playing out two separate hat-trick balls as he made his way to 19 from 11 balls until he was dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell in the 18th.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first match for the Knight Riders, Devcich didn't do much as a batsman, posting the lowest strike rate on his team. However, it was with the ball that the New Zealander did his damage, conceding the fewest runs of anyone that bowled at least one over and posted the best economy on the team by two full runs. Bowling the opening over, he got Dwayne Smith on the third ball of the match before he was able to score a run and picked up another wicket in the fifth over, getting Chris Lynn as he was starting to pick up steam.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine's bowling prowess was on full display Monday. While he only took one wicket, he expertly handled his four overs, posting the best economy by more than six runs per over on his team in a losing effort. While he hasn't taken more than two wickets in any of his innings for Trinbago this season, he's a big reason why they have two points to begin with.
Fantasy AnalysisNeeding to defend 162, Narine's first over wasn't ideal, as he allowed one of Johnson Charles' six fours and was charged with three wides. Narine landed the big wicket of Charles upon his reintroduction in the 12th and kept up the stingy mood in his last two overs, sending off Andre Fletcher while yielding 15 combined runs during that stretch. However, the death overs were consumed by the Zouks' David Miller, who wrapped up the match with a flurry of boundaries and five balls to spare.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine picked up six wickets in the first match of the West Indies Tri-Nation series, featuring the hosts, Australia and South Africa. However, he picked up six total wickets in the remaining six ODIs. The bowler isn't particularly useful with the bat, hitting double-digit runs just once in seven matches during the series. He was arguably the best bowler in the CPL last season, posting a league-leading 4.95 economy for the Guyana Amazon Warriors. He'll open the season Wednesday against the St. Lucia Zouks.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine isn't noted for his batting prowess, but rather a unique style of offbreak that has occasionally needed to be reworked to overturn bans from international cricket. In this triangular series, he opened with a roar, taking six wickets in a victory against the Proteas on June 3, which he followed up with a pair in defeat versus Australia two days later. However, he didn't make a dent in that department in three consecutive games, before Friday's do-or-die match. After Shannon Gabriel decimated the top order -- Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, and AB de Villiers -- in the first eight overs of the second innings, Narine picked up where Gabriel left off, trapping Hashim Amla in front on his second ball in the 12th. As the chase proceeded, the result became more and more clear, which Narine helped precipitate with two more scalps along the way. He'll look to make a similar contribution in Sunday's final against the Aussies.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter his side fell to 91/8 at the start of the 27th, Narine wouldn't have been expected to salvage the innings due to a career batting average of 10.20. He was unable to uphold even that standard, but his offbreak caused some troubles for Australia in their pursuit of 116. Taking down the potentially dangerous Steve Smith and George Maxwell in the 20th was a hurdle to be surpassed, but Narine was among six Windie bowlers who failed to oust David Warner from the game.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine has missed numerous events, both domestic and international, in the past two years as he attempted to clear his frequently-cited bowling action. After passing a test on March 28, though, he joined KKR for IPL9. Selected 11 times in the course of the tournament, he corralled 11 every 23.3 balls with an accompanying 7.09 economy rate. If he's a part of the Windies' playing XI on Friday, it will mark his first ODI since Nov. 7 of last year.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine has been the most economical of KKR's regular bowlers this season (6.97 economy rate), which ranks fourth behind Mustafizur Rahman, Chris Morris, and Adam Zampa among all players with at least eight wickets in the tournament. Thursday was no different, with 10 dot balls powering Narine's effort, including a swinger that struck Brendon McCullum's back leg in front of middle in the second over of the chase. Stopping Gujarat's openers (also, Dwayne Smith for a golden duck) would typically be cause for celebration most days, but Kolkata's dour mark of 124 in the first innings wasn't safe with the live bats of Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch to come.
Fantasy AnalysisA delayed debut to IPL9 hasn't dampened Narine's spirits in the slightest, as his reworked action has reaped dividends in the past two matches. In each of his first three overs Sunday, he stymied Pune's eventual top scorer, Ajinkya Rahane, with frequent carom balls. The pressure eventually cracked the batsman on the first ball of the 18th, when Rahane was cramped for space on the leg side and offered Narine a return catch. Narine's final figures aren't worrisome, by any means, but a pair of sixes on his last three balls caused his economy rate to balloon to 6.66 through three games.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine has found difficulty clearing his bowling action over the past few years, missing tournaments like the 2014 Champions League, IPL8, and the World T20. After passing his most recent test on March 28 in Chennai, he made his first appearance, domestic or international, since Nov. 27 this past weekend, going without a wicket in his four overs. He followed up that performance with the scalps of Punjab's Wriddhiman Saha and George Maxwell, who previously paired up to chase down the Supergiants on Sunday. In any case, KKR's embarrassment of riches in the bowling unit may result in games in which he doesn't fulfill the maximum allotment of overs, or even the occasional rest day.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine continues to bowl the most pristine overs of this CPL season, boasting a 4.86 economy rate entering Saturday's second semifinal. On Tuesday, his 14 dot balls included the scalp of Dwayne Bravo, who joined 12 other victims on the season. With a 16.1 strike rate as well, Narine has represented the prime all-around bowler for the tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisControversy follows Narine often, and his recent IPL campaign was no different. After taking part in the first five matches of KKR's slate, his reworked offbreak action was reported yet again, forcing five consecutive absences until the BCCI approved another revised delivery. Although he recalled years past with a four-wicket haul on May 9, he toppled just seven in eight games in the tournament, posting a 7.31 economy rate but 27.4 strike rate along the way. He'll now focus on June's series against Australia, if he's selected, but at the very least, he should partake in this summer's CPL season.
Fantasy AnalysisNarine's four overs were serene, with two boundaries accounting for more than half of his 19 runs conceded. Among his 13 dot balls, he took out Punjab's Top 4 batsmen, including M Vijay and Glenn Maxwell. Narine's presence in back-to-back matches wouldn't have been possible without the BCCI's Suspect Bowling Action Committee approving a revised offbreak delivery, which has been reported numerous times since last year's Champions League. Any further transgression will result in his banishment from IPL8, as KKR continues to push for a postseason berth.