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Kolkata boost play-off hope in IPL

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Kolkata's Varun Chakravarty (3rd left) celebrates dismissing Delhi's Axar Patel during their IPL match in the UAE on Saturday.

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Spinner Varun Chakravarthy claimed this Indian Premier League (IPL) season's first five-wicket haul as Kolkata Knight Riders gave their play-off hope a boost with a 59-run win over Delhi Capitals Saturday.
Chakravarthy returned impressive figure of 5/20 from his four overs to help Eoin Morgan's KKR restrict Delhi to 135 for nine in their chase of 195 in Abu Dhabi.
Nitish Rana, who top-scored with 81, and returning all-rounder Sunil Narine, who hit a 32-ball 64, put on a key 115-run fourth-wicket stand to guide Kolkata to 194 for six after being put in to bat first.
Morgan was all praise for Narine, who played his first game after being cleared of having a suspect bowling action.
It was his team's sixth win in 11 games to stay fourth in the eight-team table.
The 29-year old Chakravarthy ran through high-flying Delhi, who stay on 14 points, behind table-topper Mumbai Indians on net run-rate, despite a threatening 63-run partnership between skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.
Chakravarthy broke the stand with the wicket of Pant, for 27, in his first over and then struck twice in successive deliveries to send back Shimron Hetmyer and Iyer, for 47, to dent Delhi's chase.
Kolkata's pace spearhead Pat Cummins dismissed Ajinkya Rahane with the first ball of the innings. Cummins - the most expensive foreign player for the 2020 season with a $2.17m fee - returned figure of 3/17.
It was an impressive bounce-back victory for KKR, after struggling to 84/8 in an eight-wicket thrashing by Royal Challengers Bangalore Wednesday.
Narine bowled four overs after being taken off the warning list for suspect bowlers following his action being reported in a game on October 10.

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