Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) trashed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 9 wickets victory at Eden Gardens in match 18 of Vivo IPL 2018. KKR posted a good total of 191 after being put to bat. In a rain curtailed match the target was reduced to 125 in 13 overs. Chris Gayle (62*) and KL Rahul (60) gave a power start to KXIP and won it for them under 12 overs. With the knock Gayle achieved the Orange cap with 229 runs. Sunil Narine also went past Mayank Markande to get the purple cap with the same number of wickets but a better economy. With the win, KXIP topped the Points table with four wins.

Karun Nair took a stunning catch to dismiss Sunil Narine on 1    AFP
Karun Nair took a stunning catch to dismiss Sunil Narine on 1 AFP

Chris Lynn smashed 74 off 41    AFP
Chris Lynn smashed 74 off 41 AFP

Dinesh Karthik contributed valueable 43 runs down the order    AFP
Dinesh Karthik contributed valueable 43 runs down the order AFP

KL Rahul smashed 60 off 27 and was awarded the man of the match    AFP
KL Rahul smashed 60 off 27 and was awarded the man of the match AFP

The second innings was reduced to 13 overs with a new target of 125    AFP
The second innings was reduced to 13 overs with a new target of 125 AFP

Chris Gayle gave KXIP a dream start smashing 62* off 38    AFP
Chris Gayle gave KXIP a dream start smashing 62* off 38 and also achieved the orange cap AFP

Brief scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders 191 for 7 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 74, Dinesh Karthik 43; Andrew Tye 4-0-30-2) vs Kings XI Punjab 126 for 1 in 11.1 overs (KL Rahul 60, Chris Gayle 62*) by 9 wickets with 11 balls to spare (DLS method).

Player of the Match: KL Rahul.