In the absence of any gale from Chris Gayle, Kings XI Punjab were chasing a rather improbable target of 245 runs and fall short of 31 runs at the end of their 20 overs.
In the first match of the day at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab to reach into the top four of the point table.
Lokesh Rahul, appeared once again as the survival of the soul for KXIP – he top scored 66 in the opening, the blazing knock comprised of 7 sixes all together.
KXIP might go further if Rahul could survive from the carom delivery of Narine in the ninth over. The wicket, therefore, brought more success for KKR bowlers in quick succession.
The deficit was chopped shorter by Ravichandran Ashwin. Batting at number seven, the skipper of Kings XI Punjab slogged for 45 runs in 22 deliveries taking the score of the team beyond 200 runs. With a strike rate of 204, Ashwin hit 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Registering their sixth win of the season, KKR batsmen made their way easy mounted a gigantic 245 runs on the board.
In the preceding segment of the game, Kolkata Knight Riders’ batsmen took no time to prove the decision of Ravichandran Ashwin wrong of sending KKR to bat first after winning the toss.
Inform Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine were undetached till the sixth over, by the time they threw a half century opening partnership. Twice survived in first two overs of the innings, Lynn at last was chopped off by Andrew Tye in the scoring 27 runs (17 balls) with 2 fours and equal number of sixes.
Narine, therefore, continued his good run for KKR this year, accomplished his third fifty in 2018 Indian Premier League.
Narine got unstoppable after passing the half century mark, strike two over boundaries and a boundary in the eleventh over of Barinder Sran.
Narine’s 36 ball 75 consisted of 9 strokes of fours and 4 sixes. Kolkata Knight Riders’ innings was boosted by Dinesh Karthik’s fiery fifty lately in the innings. The wicket keeper batsman proved himself as a superlative finisher in this season’s IPL.
He, in accompany with Caribbean stroke maker Andre Russell took 19 runs in the fifteenth over of the innings done by Axar Patel; Karthik raced away to reach his half century, his fifteenth IPL fifty.
Both Russell and Karthik scored 3 sixes each; Russell departed earlier in 31 played just 14 deliveries.
Karthik was back to the pavilion at the team score of 230, Gill and Searles dragged the total to a whopping 245 runs in 20 overs.
Watch Russell’s huge six
Kolkata Knight Riders 245/6 (20 overs)
Sunil Narine 75, Dinesh Karthik 50, Andre Russell 31
Andrew Tye 4/41, Barinder Sran 1/48, Mohit Sharma 1/40
Kings XI Punjab 214/8 (20 overs)
Lokesh Rahul 66, Ravichandran Ashwin 45, Aaron Finch 34
Andre Russell 3/41, Prasidh Krishna 2/31, Kuldeep Yadav 1/29
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 31 runs.
Toss: Kings XI Punjab 1 of 1