IPL 2018, 18th Match, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab
Saturday 21st April, Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Match Review :
The Kolkata Knight Riders hosted the invincible Kings XI Punjab in a 4pm start game here at the Eden Gardens.
Both teams walked into this game after comprehensive wins in their previous fixtures.
The Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first and were spot on removing the dangerous Sunil Narine(1) very early. However Chris Lynn & Robin Uthappa counter attacked and took the game to the opposition. The duo looked in very fine touch as they added 72 runs in just 6.4 overs. Ashwin broke this partnership removing Uthappa (34) and soon the in-form Nitish Rana(3) was out run out pushing KKR into some trouble. Chris Lynn on the other hand looked unfazed, joined by Dinesh Karthik as he brought KKR right back into the game. Andrew Tye removed the dangerous Lynn for 74 in the 16th over. Dinesh Karthik got out after scoring 43. The Knight Riders scored a formidable 191/7 in their 20 overs.
In response, the Kings XI Punjab openers got off to a flier. They peppered the bowlers and made a merry of them. They scored 73 runs in the mandatory powerplay and were right in the chase. It started drizzling when they were 96/0 in just 8.2 overs. The play has been interrupted for a while but by then the damage had already been done. After the rain break, the revised target for the Kings XI Punjab is 125 and then they just needed 29 from 28 balls. It was cake walk for them and in the process both the openers reached their half centuries. Lokesh Rahul got out after scoring 60(27b,9x4s,2x6s) and Chris Gayle went on to finish the proceedings. He remained unbeaten at 62(38b,5x4s,6x6s). The Kings XI Punjab registered their third straight win and with this win they moved to the top of the points table.
Match Summary :
Kolkata Knight Riders – 191/7 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 74, Dinesh Karthik 43, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1-32, Andrew Tye 2-30)
Kings XI Punjab – 126/1 in 11.1 overs DLS Method( Lokesh Rahul 60, Chris Gayle 62, Sunil Narine 1-23)
Player of the Match :
Lokesh Rahul (Kings XI Punjab)
Orange Cap :
Chris Gayle (Kings XI Punjab)
Purple Cap :
Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Match Squad :
Kolkata Knight Riders :
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
Kings XI Punjab :
Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Photo Credits : BCCI