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  • 8:31 PM IST

    GAYLE FINISHES OFF IN STYLE. KXIP win by 9 wickets Gayle is unbeaten on 62 off 38 and has also gained the orange cap.

  • 6:52 PM IST

    Gayle hits a high six in the crowd that brings down the rain. The play has been stopped for a while.

  • 6:37 PM IST

    Rahul and Gayle are taking the game away from KKR. KKR are in a desperate need of a wicket here. Narine is the player who has done it for them before, but can he do it again?

  • 6:17 PM IST

    KL Rahul and Chris Gayle looking to finish off the innings soon. Now it is raining sixes in Eden Gardens.

  • 6:10 PM IST

    13 runs from Andre Russell’s over. After Rahul, Gayle has joined the party as well. KKR need to get any one of them out of the way if they want to stay in the game.

  • 6:04 PM IST

    KL Rahul in ominous form again with back-to-back boundaries off Shivam Mavi. KXIP know the target is huge and have to take risk with every ball coming their way. Mavi seem to have finally found his lengths right.KXIP need 183 to win

  • 5:45 PM IST

    KXIP have done very well to pull things back here. At one point with Karthik in the middle it seemed that we had 200+ score on board but the last two overs only gave away 11 runs. Gill like always did not get going in the death overs. KXIP need 192 to win.

  • 5:25 PM IST

    OUT! Russell departs on 10. The same old story with Shubman Gill he has to come down in the death overs and go in from the very first ball he faces. Dinesh Karthik needs to play an anchor role here.

  • 5:16 PM IST

    OUT! Chris Lynn departs for 70 but he has played his role the score is already 140 in the 16th over. This is allow Russell to play freely ad look for a huge total which they would be needing with Gayle on the other side.

  • 4:59 PM IST

    50 for Chris Lynn off 30 balls. He hasn’t played the explosive innings he is known for but the good thing is has stayed in the middle, he can always accelerate at the end with power hitters like Russell to come in.

  • 4:46 PM IST

    Nitish Rana is in the middle with Chris Lynn after Ashwin dismissed Uthappa. This is the problem that has been with Uthappa over the years. He has failed to convert his start into a big one.

  • 4:29 PM IST

    Uthappa and Lynn have steadied things for KKR after the loss of early wicket. The important thing to see here is where Shubman Gill bats. He has batted at No.3 for India and has done a great job up front but due to many senior players he has been forced to come down the order where scoring quick runs is the only option.

  • 4:15 PM IST

    SIX! Chris Lynn sends that in the crowd completing his 500 IPL runs. He even completed his 3,000 T20 runs in the match. If he keeps going he can be very destructive.

  • 4:09 PM IST

    OUT!! Karun Nair takes off a stunner to dismiss Sunil Narine. Mujeeb Zadran has struck in his very first over. Uthappa in the middel with Chris Lynn.

  • 4:03 PM IST

    Lynn and Narine to open the bat and they both are off the mark on the very first ball. Can Chrill Lynn middle the ball total and take KKR to a good total? Ankit Rajpoot to open the bowling for Punjab.

  • 3:35 PM IST
    KXIP XI: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

    KKR XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c &wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
  • 3:34 PM IST

    KKR are entering the contest with an unchanged XI. KXIP have called in Ankit Rajpoot for Mohit Sharma

  • 3:31 PM IST

    Toss Updates: KXIP opt to bowl vs KKR

Who will end up continuing their winning streak? © AFP
Who will end up continuing their winning streak? © AFP

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) latest updates: Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the VIVO IPL 2018. We head to the Match No. 18 of the tournament where KKR take on KXIP at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. We will be bringing you live updates, scores and interesting tweets from the cyberspace. Both teams are entering the contest with a win. Dinesh Karthik will hope to continue their winning streak at home as well. He would also hope to regain the top spot that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have taken over after their easy win against Rajasthan Royals. With Chris Gayle’s entry, KXIP look menacing than before. Both teams would look forward to the Jamaican show at Eden Gardens. Thundershowers are forecast almost every afternoon and on Saturday 40 per cent of rain is expected. As for head-to-head record KKR are way ahead with 14:7. At Eden Gardens as well KKR enjoy the upper hand with 7:2. KKR have beaten KXIP five times in this venue since 2013. In terms of players records with both teams, Sunil Narine has had a good run against KXIP. From 13 matches, Narine has scalped 21 wickets, the most by any bowler against KXIP. Gayle, on the other hand, has scored 532 runs from 13 matches against KKR. He already has a century and three fifties against KKR. However, Gayle has succumbed to Narine twice. It is also a crucial match for KKR deputy Robin Uthappa who needs 66 runs to become second player after Gautam Gambhir to complete 2,000 runs for KKR. Squads:  Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson, Ishank Jaggi, Prasidh Krishna, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar