Sunil Narine spun a web of cannot-even-score-a-run-let-along-hit-a-boundary yet again as the Kolkata Knight Riders waltzed to their 11th straight triumph in T20 cricket with a win over Lahore Lions in their Champions League T20 game in Hyderabad.
Narine was near unplayable in his four overs, conceding just nine runs while also picking up three wickets as KKR restricted the Lahore Lions to151 for seven in their CLT20 2014 match.
In reply, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, back in the XI after missing the first game through injury, put on a 100-run partnership for the first wicket, to set the chase up nicely before finishing things off, albeit with a bit of a stutter, in the final over of the match.
"It was important for the openers to give a good platform and that made it easier for the middle order," KKR skipper Gambhir said at the presentation ceremony. "The middle order had won us the last game. Robin took his time and later played good shots.
"We have won 11 in a row which is a great achievement."
Lahore Lions captain Mohammad Hafeez said he was pretty happy with the total his side put on the board, thanks largely to a nice 42-ball 59 from Ahmed Shehzad, but he felt the team's fielding let them down eventually.
"We got the target we wanted to -- 150 on this pitch with the way the ball was turning was good," said Hafeez. "[But our] fielding was not up to the mark. We did not take some of the chances.
"Still, it was a good show and the important thing is that the youngsters are learning every game, and we have to give them confidence, and they will do well."
While there were a couple of good individual batting performances on the night, the match will be remembered for the brilliant spell from Narine, who just keeps getting better and better in this form of the game.
If Narine continues in a similar vein, and KKR get to bat second more often than not, then they could do a double by picking up their first CLT20 title to go along with the IPL 7 crown they won earlier this year.