Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.
With the fall of the two massive wickets, Rana put KKR right into the driver's seat. The India captain has scored 1,750 runs as an opener from 43 innings at an average of 53.03.
Karthik was unbeaten for 35 in 29 balls with four fours.
KKR in their chase got off to the flawless start as Sunil Narine came out all guns blazing, scoring 50 off 19 balls to set the tone for the chase.
KKR's newly-appointed captain Dinesh Karthik elected to field and his side got off to a bad start as Vinay Kumar (2/30) leaked 14 runs in the first over, McCullum flicking him down the leg side for a four in the very first ball.
Lynn may also be skinny at [3.3] but he's the key wicket and could deliver the profit whether he ruins the match tip or not. "Myself and AB getting out in back-to-back deliveries to a part-timer (Nitish Rana) was a game-changing event", Kohli agreed.
Talking about the dismissals of AB de Villiers and rival captain Virat Kohli off successive balls, the Knight Riders captain said: "When AB and Virat were playing, it was really tough for us". Previous year too, he had come up with some good ones against us. Opening the batting, he balsted five sixes and four 4s to unsettle Virat Kohli and Co.
KKR should be glad, however, that they didn't tinker with the opening combination that had so much success past year, as Sunil Narine smashed the second fifty of the day inside the Powerplay (KL Rahul upstaged his record for the fastest IPL fifty earlier in the day). De Villiers mistimed Rana and Mitchell Johnson took the catch between long on and deep mid wicket. "We had initially but everyone firing together is also a massive factor", Kohli had been quoted as saying earlier about his team. Suddenly the run rate was climbing, thanks to a 28-ball 50-run partnership between de Villiers and Kohli.