Kings XI Punjab IPL 2019 Match 52
KXIP will hope to break their three-match losing streak (AFP Photo)

Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of match 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) from Mohali where Kings XI Punjab face Kolkata Knight Riders with both teams desperately looking for a win.

11.48 pm: Right them, how does tonight’s win affect KKR in the points table? Well, they are still in the fray. But it’s all over for KXIP, they have been knocked out! That brings us to the end of our coverage for today. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed it bringing it to you. Until next time then, it’s goodbye!

11.45 pm: KKR were always in the chase with Lynn going berserk, but Shubman Gill played a gem of an innings on his homeground, a mature knock, one that he will remember for a long time.

Kolkata Knight Riders innings (TARGET: 184)

18th over: Sam Curran will continue. Dinesh Karthik finishes it off in style, KKR pull off another memorable victory. They thrash KXIP by 7 wickets

17th over: Andrew Tye comes back into the attack. 9 runs from the over. KKR 166/3 (Gill 64, Karthik 4)

Strategic timeout!

16th over: Sam Curran comes back into the attack. 6 runs from the over. KKR 157/3 (Gill 58, Karthik 1)

15th over: BIG WICKET! Shami is back from his neck niggle and is back into the attack. The dangerous Andre Russell has been given his marching orders. Beats him for pace and bounce and induces a top-edge that falls just short of the cow corner boundary. Tye picks it up and Russell departs for 24. Dinesh Karthik has joined Gill in the middle. 6 runs and the wicket in this over. KKR 151/3 (Gill 53, Dinesh Karthik 0)

14th over: Andrew Tye comes back into the attack. Andre Russell has EXPLODED, smashes a couple of SIXES, 17 runs from this over. KKR 145/2 (Gill 52, Russell 20)

13th over: R Ashwin will continue and Shubman Gill breaks the shackles as he smokes this one over the long-on fence for a SIX! 18 runs from this over which included 2 SIXES and a BOUNDARY by Gill. KKR 128/2 (Gill 51, Russell 6)

12th over: Sam Curran to continue and Andre Russell gets into the act and flat-bats hit square on the off side for a BOUNDARY. 8 runs from the over. KKR 110/2 (Gill 34, Russell 6)

11th over: R Ashwin comes back into the attack and he has STRUCK with the wicket of Robin Uthappa. KXIP needed a wicket and the captain delivers. But hang on, it’s Andre Russell who has come out in the middle. 4 runs and the wicket in this over. KKR 102/2 (Gill 32, Andre Russell 1)

10th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Sam Curran comes into the attack and he concedes 8 runs which also includes a BOUNDARY by Shubman Gill. KKR 98/1 (Gill 30, Uthappa 21)

Strategic timeout!

9th over: Murugan Ashwin to continue and Robin Uthappa has gone berserk, smashing a BOUNDARY, SIX and another FOUR in succession. 17 runs from this over. KKR 90/1 (Gill 23, Uthappa 20)

8th over: Ashwins bowling from both ends, here’s R Ashwin to Uthappa. Tidy over, just 4 runs from it. KKR 73/1 (Gill 21, Uthappa 5)

7th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Murugan Ashwin is introduced into the attack and he concedes 7 runs. KKR 69/1 (Gill 19, Uthappa 3)

6th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Andrew Tye comes into the attack. This might just be Lynn’s night. Even the ones which he does not time well are fetching him runs, top edges this one over long leg for a MAXIMUM, follows it up with a BOUNDARY! Carnage! But not for long, Lynn departs for a thunderous 46 off just 22. Robin Uthappa is the new man in the middle. 15 runs in this over. KKR 62/1 (Gill 15)

5th over: SPIN INTRODUCED! Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack and Chris Lynn’s on fire, smashes a FOUR and a SIX in the first 3 balls. 12 runs from the over. KKR 47/0 (Lynn 36, Gill 10)

4th over: Arshdeep Singh will continue and Chris Lynn has welcomed him with a BOUNDARY! That’s a HAT-TRICK of BOUNDARIES by Chris Lynn, 15 runs from this over. KKR 35/0 (Lynn 24, Gill 10)

Injury scare: Shami seems to be in some discomfort. He’s having some issue with his neck and is walking off the field.

3rd over: Shami to continue and he concedes 7 runs which also includes a BOUNDARY by Gill. KKR 20/0 (Lynn 12, Gill 8)

2nd over: Arshdeep Singh will share the new ball with Shami. Lynn has taken aerial route early on clobbers this for SIX over mid-wicket. 10 runs from the over. KKR 13/0 (Lynn 10, Gill 3)

1st over: Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn are at the crease. Gill is on strike. Mohammed Shami will open the attack. Good start by Shami, just 3 runs from it. KKR 3/0 (Gill 2, Lynn 1)

Kings XI Punjab innings

9.46 pm: Some power hitting this from Sam Curran, his 24-ball stay at the crease studded with 7 boundaries and 2 sixes. Curran has vindicated his price tag at the auction. After a disastrous start that saw Sandeep Warrier send both the openers back, Nicholas Pooran brought the much-needed momentum to the innings, but then after his dismissal, KXIP began falling apart, but Curran turned the tide back. He has lifted KXIP to an above par score, but KKR too have muscle in their batting. Should be an interesting run-chase. Be back in five minutes. 

20th over: Harry Gurney to bowl the final over. 22 runs comes in this over, which includes 3 BOUNDARIES and one MASSIVE SIX by Sam Curran, who has remained unbeaten on 55 off just 24 balls. KXIP finish at 183/6. 

19th over: BOWLED HIM! Andre Russell has cleaned up Ravichandran Ashwin for a DUCK, KXIP falling apart here. 10 runs from this over. KXIP 161/6 (Sam Curran 33, Andrew Tye 0)

18th over: WICKET! Harry Gurney comes back into the attack and he has STRUCK with the wicket of Mandeep Singh, who was foxed with the slower delivery and chips it straight to Robin Uthappa at mid-off. Mandeep departed for 25. 4 runs from the over. Ravichandran Ashwin has joined Sam Curran in the middle. KXIP 151/5 (Sam Curran 24)

17th over: Sunil Narine comes back into the attack and Sam Curran breaks the shackles with a BIGGIE, sends it high above into the night sky and this one has got distance too, sails over deep mid-wicket. Curran gets dropped in the next delivery. Rinku Singh, the culprit. Mohali and drop catches, the saga continues! 15 runs from this over. KXIP 147/4 (Mandeep 24, Sam Curran 22)

16th over: Andre Russell comes back into the attack. 7 runs from the over, KXIP 132/4 (Mandeep 22, Sam Curran 9)

15th over: Piyush Chawla is back into the attack. 10 runs from the over which also included a SIX from Mandeep Singh straight down the ground. KXIP 125/4 (Mandeep 21, Sam Curran 3)

Strategic timeout!

14th over: WICKET! Sunil Narine comes back into the attack. Mix-up and Mayank Agarwal has been dismissed once again in the thirties, departs for 36. Sam Curran has joined Mandeep Singh in the middle. 6 runs from this over. KXIP 115/4 (Mandeep 13, Sam Curran 1)

13th over: Sandeep Warrier comes back into the attack to bowl his second spell. He was brilliant with the new ball. 9 runs from this over that included a BOUNDARY by Mandeep Singh. KXIP 109/3 (Agarwal 35, Mandeep 9)

12th over: Piyush Chawla will continue and he concedes 8 runs. KXIP 100/3 (Agarwal 32, Mandeep 3)

11th over: BOWLING CHANGE: BIG WICKET! Nitish Rana comes into the attack and Mayank Agarwal does not hold back to loft that one down the ground for a SIX! Just after that Rana claims the big wicket of Nicholas Pooran, who mishit that one straight to Sandeep Warrier at deep mid-wicket. Pooran departed for a fine 48 off just 27 balls. Mandeep Singh has joined Agarwal in the middle. 8 runs and the wicket in this over. KXIP 92/3 (Agarwal 26, Mandeep Singh 1)

10th over: Piyush Chawla to continue and Mayank Agarwal welcomes him with a BOUNDARY in the second ball. Pooran can’t help but join the party, smashes a HUGE SIX over deep square. He looks in sublime touch tonight. 11 runs from this over. KXIP 84/2 (Pooran 48, Agarwal 19)

9th over: Sunil Narine comes back into the attack. 5 runs from the over. The 50-run partnership between Pooran and Agarwal is also up. KXIP 73/2 (Pooran 42, Agarwal 14)

Strategic timeout!

8th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Piyush Chawla comes into the attack to bowl his legspinners and Nicholas Pooran has disrespected Chawla’s googly, smashing it cleanly over long-off for a SIX! He carted another google for a BOUNDARY well behind point. 14 runs from this over. KXIP 68/2 (Pooran 39, Agarwal 12)

7th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Andre Russell comes into the attack and Nicholas Pooran has taken on Russell head on! He first smashed a SIX over long-on and then clobbered a BOUNDARY through mid-wicket. 13 runs from this over. KXIP 54/2 (Pooran 27, Agarwal 10)

6th over: SIX! Harry Gurney to continue and Nicholas Pooran has smoked this one way, way over cow corner. 13 runs from this over. KXIP 41/2 at the end of the Powerplay. (Pooran 16, Agarwal 9)

5th over: BIG WICKET! Sandeep Warrier has STRUCK again, this wicket is an even bigger one, that of Chris Gayle, who walks back for just 14. Nicholas Pooran join Mayank Agarwal in the middle. 6 runs and the wicket of Gayle in this over. KXIP 28/2 (Agarwal 6, Pooran 6)

4th over: SPIN INTRODUCED! Sunil Narine comes into the attack and he bowls a brilliant first over conceding just 3 runs. KXIP 22/1 (Gayle 14, Agarwal 6)

3rd over: BIG WICKET! Warrier will continue and he has struck in his second over with the massive wicket of the inform batsman KL Rahul, who miscued a chip, and it ends safely into the hands of Chris Lynn. Rahul departs for 2. Mayank Agarwal joins Gayle in the middle. 6 runs and the wicket in this over. KXIP 19/1 (Gayle 12, Agarwal 5)

2nd over: Harry Gurney will share the new ball with Warrier. Excellent start from Gurney, just 3 runs from it. KXIP 13/0 (Gayle 11, Rahul 2)

1st over: Right then, out come KXIP openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle for the penultimate time, Sandeep Warrier will open the attack for KKR, IT’S SHOWTIME! Chris Gayle is on the move, he finishes off the first over with successive boundaries. KXIP 10/0 (Gayle 9, Rahul 1)  

7.59 pm: R Ashwin may have forgotten at the toss, but KXIP have another change, Mandeep Singh is in for Simran Singh. LIVE action in just a few seconds from now.

7.37 pm: Captains have their say at the toss:

Ravichandran Ashwin: “I would’ve bowled first as well, but I’ll take batting too. We’ve lost players at the brink of the game, one of the captains was in fact kind enough to let me swap after the toss as well. We’ve got Sam Curran and AJ Tye back for us. Miller and Mujeeb are out.”

Dinesh Karthik: “We’re going to bowl first. After a long time I won the toss so I was a bit confused as to what I should be saying, but they say there is a bit of dew out here. You have to control what you can control and I don’t think you should be thinking too far ahead. We’re playing with the same team.”

7.34 pm: Here are the playing XIs:

https://twitter.com/lionsdenkxip/status/1124314606652968960

KXIP make plenty of changes. Sam Curran and AJ Tye are back in the squad. David Miller and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have to sit out.

KXIP XI: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Sam Curran, Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Andrew Tye

KKR make no changes to their squad

KKR XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney

7.30 pm: TOSS: Dinesh Karthik has won the toss and KKR opt to field.

7.26 pm: PITCH REPORT: “I think 200’s difficult because the boundaries are that far,” says Kevin Pietersen in his pitch report.

7.20 pm: Nicholas Pooran is seen practicing with the ‘keeper’s gloves, which means that Simran Singh could be given the axe. Oh, wait, now Simran Singh’s too practicing with the gloves on…

7.07 pm: Both teams have arrived at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Who are you rooting for?

6.56 pm: Teams news from the Punjab camp: KXIP were unable to train on the eve of the match thanks to rain. However, a day before, Arshdeep Singh was seen bowling during the optional practice day under the watchful eyes of Ryan Harris and Craig McMillan.Sam Curran batted for close to two hours.

6.37 pm: Since we’re talking about KXIP, here’s a quick update on their co-owner Ness Wadia, who was reently found with ‘banned substance’ in Japan. (KXIP asked to file written explanation on Ness Wadia issue)

6.23 pm: After a dream start to IPL 2019, KKR now find themselves on the brink of exit. One more loss and they are out of contention for a berth in the playoffs. KXIP, who are a rung below their opponents today,  lost four of their last five games. Both teams today need not only wins, but huge victories to boost their net run-rate. They will also have to hope they get favourable results from the other competitors. Stick around as we build up to this exciting contest.

Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, two teams languishing in the bottom half of the points are in a must-win position when they lock horns in match 52 of the Indian Premier League at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday.

Both KKR and KXIP have had an erratic campaign this season, but it’s the two-time champions KKR that probably may have the edge in this contest. Kolkata and Punjab are tied with 10 points from 12 matches, but the Dinesh Karthik-led side is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition owing to a better net run-rate.

KKR snapped a six-match losing streak when they defeated Mumbai Indians by 34 runs, while KXIP are on a three-match losing run so far – their recent loss coming against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. Although KKR ensured they return to winning ways against Mumbai, they need to register victories in their final two games to have a shy at the Playoffs berth. Click here to read more