KXIP vs KKR: Kolkata Knights Riders stay alive with dominant seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab

Kolkata Knight Riders kept themselves alive in the race for the playoff with a dominant seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab successfully chasing a target of 184 in 17.5 overs in Match 52 of IPL 2019 at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium, Mohali on Friday.

Shubman Gill anchored the chase for KKR with a mature 65 not out off 49 balls after Chris Lynn blazed his way to 46 in just 33 balls. Robin Uthappa played a handy knock of 22 off 14 balls, while big-hitting Andre Russell managed only 14 off 14, skipper Dinesh Karthik provided the finishing touches with a nine-ball unbeaten 21-run knock.

For KXIP, they are virtually out of the race for the playoff with their eighth loss in 13 matches and would rue lack of intensity in the bowling department, despite posting an above par total of 183/5 after being put in to the bat. Sam Curran started with the bat with a whirlwind 55 not out of just 24 balls while Nicolas Pooran made 48 off just 27 balls. With the ball, only Mohammad Shami returned with decent figures of 1/15 in his three while all the other bowlers went at an economy rate of over 9.50 runs per over.

2nd STRATEGIC TIME-OUT UPDATE

After Lynn provided KKR with the perfect start in chase of 184, Gill took over with his second straight fifty taking KKR to 157/3 in 16 overs, when the second strategic time-out was taken.

After Lynn departure in the sixth over. Uthappa got going with some sublime shots to the boundary ropes and with Gill put on 38 runs for the second wicket to keep KKR on track. Uthappa made 22 off 14 balls with the help of two fours and six before he fell to Ashwin in the 11th over.

Gill, at the other end, got to his third IPL 2019 fifty off 36 balls. Andre Russell was bumped up the order, but the big Jamaican failed to get going, despite getting a reprieve, when Mayank Agarwal dropped him at long-off. Russell was caught at deep square, tying to muscle a Mohammad Shami short-pitch delivery to depart for 24 off 14 balls, and that opened up the game. Gill is batting on 58 off 45 balls, while Dinesh Karthik is on one off one and KKR need 27 to win in 24 balls.

POWERPLAY UPDATE

Chirs Lynn blazed his way to 46 off just 22 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes to help KKR to 62/1 in the first six over against KXIP.

KKR, chasing 184 to win, and keep their playoff chances alive, were off to a slow start with Mohammad Shmai sending down a tidy three-run over. Young Arshdeep Singh conceded just three runs off his first four deliveries before Lynn got going with a massive six off a short ball.

Shubman Gill got a four in Shami’s next over with a total of seven runs coming off it. Arshdeep though was taken for plenty in his next over with Lynn finding thr boundaries ropes three times in a row as 15 runs came off it. Ravichandran Ashwin insterted himself in to powerplay overs and Lynn took a four and a six as 12 runs came of it.

Andrew Tye was taken for two fours and six by Lynn, but Tye had the last laugh, bumping out Lynn and taking a return catch.

KXIP INNINGS

Earlier, Sam Curran provided a much needed final flourish for Kings XI Punjab with an quickfire 55 off 24 balls, to help KXIP to 183/6.

After Nicolas Pooran and Mayank Agarwal had revived KXIP’s innings that stuttered early on with the quick wickets of KL Rahul and Chirs Gayle, the lower-order of KXIP put in handy contributions, as 68 runs were scored in the last six overs, with 32  runs coming in the final two overs bowled by Andre Russell and Harry Gurney.  Gurney’s last over was taken for 22 runs with the sequence being 2,2,2,4,6,4. Curran was dropped on 17 by Rinku Singh.

Mandeep Singh played a cameo of 25 off 17 balls.

For KKR, Sandeep Warrier returned 2/31 in his four while Gurney, Andre Russell and Nitish Rana picked one wicket each.

TOSS UPDATE

KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to bowl first against KXIP. KKR are unchanged while KXIP bring in Sam Curran and Andrew Tye in place of Mujeeb ur Rahman and David Miller.

Teams:

Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Sam Curran, Simran Singh(w), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Andrew Tye

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing 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