Kings XI Punjab stayed in contention in the race for playoffs with an upset victory over the second-placed Kolkata Knight Riders even as its top batsman Chris Lynn’s 52-ball 84 went up in smoke in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game played at played at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

Punjab now have 12 points from the same number of matches and play Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant away. KKR, on the other hand, remained second despite the defeat with 16 points from 13 outings. They have already made the knockout stages.

Lynn struck eight fours and three sixes but wickets fell around him as the men in purple failed to gun down a par target of 168 set by the hosts batting first at the IS Bindra Stadium here.

Rahul Tewatia (2/18) and Mohit Sharma (2/24) were the best bowlers for Punjab with the latter bowling a fantastic penultimate over leaking just nine runs and taking the wicket of out-of-form Yusuf Pathan (2).

The twice champions needed 20 runs off the last over but Colin de Grandhomme (not out 11) and Chris Woakes (not out 8) failed to drag their team over the line.

Lynn and Narine started from where they had left off in the last match, taking 14 runs in the first over off Sandeep Sharma where Narine smacked two back-to-back fours in the first two deliveries of the innings, and Lynn struck one too in his first ball.

Narine (18; 10b; 4×4, 0x6) failed to continue his fireworks as Mohit Sharma cleaned him up with a slower one. Gautam Gambhir (8; 18b; 0x4, 0x6) struggled to get going as Rahul Tewatia sent the in-form skipper back early and Robin Uthappa got out for a golden duck two balls later.

Stung by two wickets in quick succession, the visitors, who were 61/1 at the end of the first six overs, could not get going in the next four managing just 18 with Manish Pandey joining Lynn at the crease.

At no stage did Punjab throw in the towel with Sandeep Sharma bowling a superb 16th over where he conceded just five runs. Mohit followed that up with a economical over before Manish Pandey (18; 23b; 1×4, 0x6) and Lynn got out. While Pandey holed out to Axar Patel at deep midwicket, Lynn was run out.

Earlier, Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals and could not get partnerships going as KKR restricted them to 167/6 in 20 overs.

Glenn Maxwell (44; 25b; 1×4, 4×6) and Wriddhiman Saha 38 (33b; 2×4, 1×6) stitched together a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket but it was KKR’s England all-rounder Chris Woakes who stole the show with best bowling figures of 2/20 in his alloted four overs.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav also returned decent figures of 2/34 as the Gautam Gambhir-led side never let the Punjab batsmen pull away.

Axar (not out 8) and Tewatia (not out 14) were at the crease at the end of the innings.

In the absence of Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill opened the batting with Manan Vohra. The pair did not last long though. First to go was Vohra (25; 16b; 4×4, 0x6), falling to in-form fast bowler Umesh Yadav trying to play fine down the leg side with the ball kissing the glove and carrying to fit-again wicket-keeper Uthappa.

In the next over, Narine got Guptill (12; 16b 1×4 0x6) leg before wicket. After Powerplay overs (6), the hosts were 41/2.

Shaun Marsh looked good for his 11, milking two boundaries before Woakes castled him.

Maxwell and Saha stemmed the rot with a cautious association. Punjab were 63/3 at the halfway stage. Just when Maxwell tried to up the ante, tonking Kuldeep Yadav for two consecutive sixes only to get out in the next ball. Trying to clear the fence again, the big-hitting Australian forced Woakes to run across from long-off and complete a superb catch.

Swapnil Singh departed soon after adding just two runs to the total as the visitors reined in the run flow in the final overs. (IANS Match Report)

 

Ball-by-ball highlight of match between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders

 

 

11: 29 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, KKR 153/6. Kings XI Punjab win by 14 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders

19.6: Woakes plays an another dot

19.5: Woakes plays a dot; Sandeep Sharma is bowling an outstanding over

19.4: Grandhomme takes a single to long on; Kolkata Knight Riders need 15 runs in 2 balls

19.3: Grandhomme pushes to long on and takes 2 runs

19.2: Woakes takes a single to short fine leg; very well bowled yorker by Sandeep Sharma

19.1: Sandeep Sharma to bowl the last over, Grandhomme takes a single to deep extra cover

11: 24 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, KKR 148/6. Kolkata Knight Riders need 20 runs in 06 balls

18.6: Grandhomme takes a single off the last ball

18.5: Woakes takes a single to fine leg

18.4: Chris Woakes gets off the mark with a SIX over mid wicket

18.3: Chris Woakes plays a dot; Excellent bowling by Mohit Sharma

18.2: Grandhomme takes a single to backward point

18.1: WICKET! Mohit Sharma removes Yusuf Pathan, good catch by Maxwell at long off

11: 17 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, KKR 139/5. Kolkata Knight Riders need 29 runs in 12 balls

17.6: Grandhomme ends the ball with a FOUR to backward point boundary

17.5: Pathan takes a single to fine leg

17.4: Colin de Grandhomme also gets off the mark with a single to deep mid wicket

17.3: Yusuf Pathan gets off the mark with a single to mid wicket

17.2: WICKET! Lynn 84(52) is run out; Kings XI Punjab are back in the game

17.1: WICKET! Slow ball from Matt Henry, Manish Pandey 18(23) launches the ball into the orbit and a good catch by Axar Patel at long on; KKR 131/4

11: 11 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, KKR 131/3. Kolkata Knight Riders need 37 runs in 18 balls

16.6: FOUR! A fraction short and Lynn punches to straight boundary

16.5: Pandey takes a single to long on; that was a knuckleball

16.4: Two dots in a row for Pandey; Mohit Sharma beats him with a slow ball once again

16.3: Pandey plays a dot; Good slow ball by Mohit

16.2: Lynn takes a single to cover; good low full toss by Mohit Sharma

16.1: Mohit Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Pandey to long on

11: 03 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, KKR 124/3. Kolkata Knight Riders need 44 runs in 24 balls

15.6: Pandey takes a single off the last ball

15.5: Lynn takes a single to deep mid wicket

15.4: Pandey plays to long on for a single

15.3: Lynn takes a single to mid wicket; good over so far by Sandeep

15.2: Pandey gets an inside edge and gets a single to square leg

15.1: Sandeep into the attack, Lynn takes a single to deep mid wicket

10: 58 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, KKR 118/3. Kolkata Knight Riders need 50 runs in 30 balls

14.6: Pandey takes a couple to mid wicket to end the over

14.5: Lynn takes a single to long on

14.4: Lynn plays a dot

14.3: Lynn takes a couple to deep extra cover

14.2: SIX! A fraction short from Axar and he smacks the ball over long off boundary for maximum

14.1: Axar into the attack, starts with a single to Pandey to cover

10: 55 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, KKR 106/3

13.6: Single of the last ball to Pandey to mid wicket

13.5: FOUR! Pandey picks the fuller delivery and hits it between deep mid wicket and long on

13.4: Lynn drives to deep extra cover for a single

13.4: WIDE!

13.3: Pandey plays in the air to mid wicket for a single

13.2: Lynn takes a single to long on

13.1: Tewatia continues, starts with a dot ball to Lynn

10: 51 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, KKR 97/3

12.6: Pandey plays a dot off the last ball

12.5: Lynn takes a single to extra cover

12.4: SIX! Lynn stays back in the crease and lofts the ball over long off

12.3: Lyn plays a dot

12.2: Lynn takes another 2 runs to long-off

12.1: Swapnil continues, starts with 2 runs to deep extra cover

10: 48 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, KKR 86/3

11.6: Leg Byes (1 run); Lynn retains strike 

11.5: Pandey takes a single to long off

11.4: Pandey plays a dot

11.3: Lynn takes a single to deep square leg

11.2: Pandey takes a single to cover

11.1: Tewatia into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Pandey

10: 44 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, KKR 82/3

10.6: Pandey takes a single of the last ball

10.5: Lynn takes a single

10.4: Manish Pandey gets off teh mark with a single to cover

10.3: Tjree dot balls on a trot

10.2: Dot ball

10.1: Axar Patel into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Manish Pandey

10: 41 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, KKR 79/3

9.6: Dot off the last ball

9.5: WICKET! Robin Uthappa is caught by Axar Patel at mid wicket; KXIP gets the breakthrough

9.4: Lynn takes a single to long on

9.3: WICKET! Gautam Gambhir 8(18) parishes in an attempt to go for maximum. Hands an easy catch in deep to Shaun Marsh; KKR 78/2

9.2: Chriss Lynn gets to his FIFTY with a single to extra cover

9.1: Swapnil continues, Gambhir plays for a singel to cover

10: 34 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, KKR 76/1

8.6: Gambhir flicks the low full toss to mid wicket for a single

8.5: Lynn goes to backfoot and slaps the ball to long off for a single

8.5: WIDE!

8.4: Lynn places the ball to extra cover for 2 runs

8.3: Gambhir plays to long off for an easy single

8.2: Lynn punches the ball to long off for a single

8.1: Swapnil Singh into the attack, starts with a single to Gambhir to backward square leg

10: 30 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, KKR 68/1

7.6: Gambhir pulls to deep mid wicket for a single

7.5: Lynn drives to deep extra cover for a single

7.4: Leg byes (1 run); Lynn back in the strike

7.3: Gambhir pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run; Gambhir seems struggling to find gaps

7.2: Lynn takes a single to long on

7.1: Tewatia into the attack, starts with a  dot to Lynn

10: 24 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, KKR 64/1

6.6: Gambhir plays another dot to finish the over

6.5: Lynn punches the ball to sweeper cover for a single

6.4: Lynn pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

6.3: Gambhir takes a quick single to short third man; Lynn comes to strike

6.2: Gambhir plays a dot

6.1: Axar Patel continues, Lynn takes a single to sweeper cover

10: 21 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, KKR 61/1. End of Power Play

5.6: Gambhir plays a dot to finish the over

5.5: Lynn takes a single to long-on

5.4: SIX! Lynn picks the full toss ball and sends it over deep square leg boundary

5.3: FOUR! Henry drops short and wide, Lynn slaps the ball to long on boundary

5.2: Henry plays a dot

5.1: Matt Henry into the attack, starts with a single to cover to Gambhir

10: 17 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, KKR 49/1

4.6: Gambhir gets off the strike with a single to mid off

4.5: Gambhir plays to square leg, can’t find the gap; no tun

4.4: Gambhir plays a dot to cover

4.3: Lynn takes a single to long-off

4.2: FOUR! Lynn drives to deep extra cover boundary

4.1: Lynn welcomes Axar Patel with a drive to deep cover boundary for FOUR runs

10: 14 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, KKR 39/1

3.6: Gambhir plays a dot to finish the over

3.5: Gautam Gambhir is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

3.4: WICKET! Sunil Narine 18(10) is clean bowled by the off cutter from Mohit SharmaKXIP gets the breakthrough

3.3: FOUR! Narine draws a vicious  punch off the back foot to extra cover boundary; two in a row for Narine

3.2: FOUR! Narine picks the slow pitched up delivery from Mohit Sharma and lofts the ball to extra cover

3.1: Mohit Sharma into the attack, starts with a good bouncer to Narine; no run

10: 06 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, KKR 31/0

2.6: Sunil takes a single to cover

2.5: Lynn takes a single to extra cover; good yorker by Sandeep

2.4: Lynn plays another dot; good variation by Sandeep

2.3: Lynn plays a dot ball;

2.2: FOUR! Lynn hammers Sandeep for a boundary to long on

2.1: Sandeep continues, Lynn plays a dot

10: 03 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, KKR 25/0

1.6: Narine plays a dot off the last ball

1.5: Lynn takes a single to extra cover

1.4: FOUR! Lynn to fine leg boundary; not very convincing but Lynn will take that

1.3: Lynn plays a dot ball

1.2: Lynn takes a couple to backward square leg

1.1: Matt Henry into the attck, Lynn gets an outside edge and the ball flies between the slip fielder for FOUR

09: 57 PM IST | 1 over bowled, KKR 14/0

0.6: Lynn takes a single off the last ball to mid off

0.5: Chris Lynn gets off the mark with a FOUR to sweeper cover

0.4: Low full toss, Narine plays in the air to mid on for a single

0.3: Sandeep follows with a good yorker, no run

0.2: FOUR! Narine picks good length ball over extra cover boundary; two in a row

0.1: Sandeep Sharma to start the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab, Sunil Narine opens the account with FOUR to cover drive

09: 51 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Kolkata Knight Riders openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are in the middle

09: 37 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, KXIP 167/6

19.6: Tewatia takes a single off the yorker by Rajpoot

19.5: FOUR! Tewatia picks the good length ball and sweeps it to square leg boundary

19.4: Leg byes (1 run); Very good over so far by Rajpoot

19.3: Leg Byes (1 run); Tewatia off the strike

19.2: Axar drives to long off for a single

19.1: Rajpoot to bowl the final over, Tewatia takes a single to square leg

09: 30 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, KXIP 158/6

18.6: Tewatia gets a single off the last ball

18.5: FOUR! Woakes drops short and low bouncer, Tewatia makes room towards off side and guides the ball over short fine leg

18.4: FOUR! Tewatia gets off the mark with a uppish drive to deep extra cover

18.3: Rahul Tewatia is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

18.2: WICKET! Slow ball from Woakes and Swapnil 2(2) drags the good length ball into the stumps; KXIP 149/6 

18.1: Woakes into the attack, starts with a single to Axar to Long off

09: 24 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, KXIP 148/5

17.6: Swapnil Singh gets off the strike with 2 runs to long off

17.6: WICKET! Saha 38(33) is stumped. Kuldeep saw Saha charging down the wicket and bowls WIDE outside his reach, Uthappa does the rest

17.5: Saha places the ball to mid wicket for 2 runs

17.4: SIX! Saha pulls the tossed up ball over long on boundary for a maximum

17.3: Axar drives to deep extra cover for a single

17.2: Saha takes a single to long off; googly from Kuldeep

17.1: Kuldeep continues, starts with a single to Axar to long on

09: 18 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, KXIP 134/4

16.6: Axar takes a single off the last ball; he will retain strike

16.5: Axar plays a dot; that was the wrong one from Narine

16.4: Saha pulls the ball to deep mid wicket for a single

16.3: Axar takes a single to long off

16.2: Axar Patel gets off the mark with 2 runs to square third man

16.1: Narine to bowl his last over, starts with a single to Saha to long on

09: 16 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, KXIP 128/4

15.6: Axar Patel plays a dot

15.5: Saha takes a sing;e to cover point

15.4: Saha plays a dot

15.3: WICKET! Glenn Maxwell 44(27) departs to an outstanding catch at sweeper cover by Woakes. KXIP 127/4

15.2: SIX! Two in a row. Maxwell pulls the half tracker over mid wicket boundary

15.1: Kuldeep Yadav into the attack, Maxwell welcomes him with a SIX over lond on

09: 10 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, KXIP 115/3

14.6: Maxwell flicks the ball to mid wicket for a single

14.5: Maxwell takes a couple to mid wicket

14.4: Saha takes a single to long on

14.3: FOUR! Saha cuts the short ball to point boundary

14.2: Maxwell takes a single to mid wicket

14.1: Sunil Narine back into the attack, starts with a single to Saha to long off

09: 03 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, KXIP 97/3

13.6: Leg Byes (1 run) 

13.5: Maxwell takes a single to short fine leg

13.4: Saha flicks to backward square leg for a single

13.3: Saha takes another 2 runs to mid wicket; very good running by Saha and Maxwell

13.2: Saha takes 2 runs to deep mid wicket

13.1: Kuldeep Yadav into the attack, Starts with a single to Maxwell to cover

08: 59 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, KXIP 97/3

12.6: Maxwell takes a single to mid off; retains strike

12.5: FOUR! A fraction short outside off stump, Maxwell pulls the ball to deep mid wicket boundary

12.4: Maxwell plays a dot

12.3: Saha plays to mid wicket for a single

12.2: FOUR! Saha gets a top edge off the well-directed bouncer and the ball races to third man boundary

12.1: Rajpoot into the attack. Leg byes (1 run); Maxwell off the strike

08: 54 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, KXIP 86/3

11.6: Saha flicks the ball to backward square leg for 2 runs

11.5: Maxwell takes a quick single to short third man

11.4: SIX! Maxwell picks the slow short ball and pulls it over backward square leg boundary for a maximum; two in a row

11.4: WIDE! That is what pressure does

11.3: SIX! Maxwell picks the full length ball and lofts it over long on

11.2: Maxwell drives to deep extra cover for 2 runs

11.1: Grandhomme into the attack, Saha plays to third man for a single

08: 49 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, KXIP 67/3

10.6: Dot to finish the over

10.5: BYES (1 run) Saha gets off the strike 

10.4: Saha plays to mid wicket for a couple; Chris Lynn saves a certain boundary

10.3: Saha playa a dot; well directed bouncer

10.2: Saha plays a dot

10.1: Woakes continues, starts with a single to Maxwell to mid wicket

08: 45 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, KXIP 63/3

9.6: Saha plays a dot

9.5: Maxwell plays a dot to mid wicket

9.4: Maxwell plays to backward square leg for 2 runs

9.3: Maxwell plays a dot

9.2: Saha punches the good length ball outside off syump to square of the wicket for a single

9.1: Maxwell takes a single to mid wicket

9.1: Grandhomme into teh attck, starts with a WIDE to leg side

08: 41 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, KXIP 57/3

8.6: Glenn Maxwell gets off teh strike with a single to backward point

8.5: Maxwell plays to cover point for no run

8.4: Glenn Maxwel is the new batsman, starts with a dot

8.3: WICKET! Shaun Marsh 11(10) is clean bowled by Woakes with a good length delivery; KXIP 56/3

8.3: WIDE!

8.2: Marsh tries to guide the ball to third man, just misses the outside edge

8.1: Woakes into the attack, Saha takes a single to third man

08: 34 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, KXIP 54/2

7.6: FOUR! Marsh picks the good length ball and hammers to long off boundary

7.5: FOUR! Marsh gets an inside edge and the ball goes to fine leg boundary; FIFTY for KXIP

7.4: Marsh play a dot

7.3: Saha drives to sweeper cover for a single

7.2: Saha plays off the backfoot to push the ball to point, still can’t find the gap; no run

7.1: Grandhomme into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Saha

08: 30 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, KXIP 45/2

6.6: Saha ends the over with a single to third man

6.5: Saha plays to point, can’t find the gap. No run

6.4: Saha plays a dot to point

6.3: Marsh takes a singel to mid wicket

6.2: Wriddhiman Saha gets off teh mark with a single to cover point

6.1: Chris Woakes into the attack, starst with a single to Marsh to long on

08: 26 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, KXIP 41/2. End of Power Play

5.6: Dot to end the over

5.5: WICKET! Martin Guptill 12(16) is given Lbw; Sunil Narine strikes for KKR

5.4: Guptill plays a dot to short mid off

5.3: Shaun Marsh gets off the mark with a quick single to short cover

5.2: Marsh play a dot 

5.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, Guptill takes a single to short fine leg

08: 20 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, KXIP 39/1

4.6: Dot ball to end the over to new batsman Shaun Marsh

4.5: WICKET! Manan Vohra 25(16) tries to pull the slow bouncer from Umesh Yadav to fine leg, edges to wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa; KXIP 39/1

4.5: WIDE! Umesh Yadav feeling the pressure

4.4: FOUR! Vohra plays inside out to square of the wicket boundary; what a shot

4.3: Vohra plays a dot

4.2: FOUR! Vohra comes down the track and slams half tracker from Umesh Yadav to deep mid wicket boundary

4.1: Umesh Yadav into the attack, Vohta tries to pull the short bnouncer. Will get 2 runs to long off

08: 16 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, KXIP 28/0

3.6: Guptill plays a dot to end the over

3.5: Guptill pushes the ball back to the bowler; no run

3.4: Vohra takes a single to mid wicket

3.3: FOUR! Vohra opens the face of the ball and guides it to third man boundary; two in a row for Vohra

3.2: FOUR! Backfoot punch by Vohra, ball races to  deep extra cover

3.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, starts with a short and wide ball; Vohra plays a dot to 

08: 12 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, KXIP 19/0

2.6: Vohra takes a single to left of fine leg

2.5: Guptill pushes the good length ball to mid on for a single

2.4: Byes (1 run); Vohra off the strike

2.3: Guptill flicks down the backward square leg for a single; Umesh Yadav is struggling to find the length right

2.2: Vohra takes a single to backward point for a single

2.2: WIDE! Umesh Yadav drifting to leg side

2.1: Umesh Yadav continues, Vohra opens the face of the bat to guide the ball to third man for 2 runs

08: 08 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, KXIP 11/0

1.6: Guptill plays a dot off the last ball

1.5: Vohra flicks to backward square leg for a single

1.4: Guptill takes a single to long on

1.3: Dot ball to Guptill

1.2: Manan Vohra gets off teh mark with a flick off the pads to backward square leg

1.1: Colin de Grandhomme into the attck starts with a dot ball to Vohra

08: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, KXIP 8/0

0.6: Guptill takes a couple to cover

0.5: Dot ball again

0.4: FOUR! Umesh Yadav drifts to leg side, Guptill guides the ball to fine leg boundary; first one of the match for KXIP

0.3: Another dot ball; good seam bowling by Umesh Yadav

0.2: Dot ball by 

0.1: Umesh Yadav into the attack, Martin Guptill gets off the mark with 2 runs to extra cover drive

07: 58 PM IST | Match Begins! Kings XI Punjab openers Manan Vohra and Martin Guptill are in the middle to start the proceedings

07: 40 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for  KKR and KXIP

Team Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (c), Wriddhiman Saha (w), Manan Vohra, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Matt Henry, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Swapnil Singh

Team Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (w), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey, Colin de Grandhomme, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot

 

07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Kolkata Knight Riders Captain Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Kings XI Punjab. This means Glenn Maxwell led Punjab will have to bat first and set a competitive total against KKR at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

07: 25 PM IST | The Host!

Kings XI Punjab will be fresh with the self-destruction they suffered on Sunday by the Gujarat Lions — lost despite posting 189 batting first in Mohali.

Coach Virender Sehwag and Captain Glenn Maxwell suffered another blow as they will be playing without the services of Hashim Amla (420 runs in 10 matches; 2 centuries) and David Miller — both having left the Punjab camp for their national duties.

For the uninitiated, KXIP has already bid farewell to Eoin Morgan (Back to England) and Marcus Stoinis who was ruled out of the IPL following a shoulder injury.

The departure of their key players means that the skipper Maxwell will have to take added responsibility along with Shaun Marsh and Manan Vohra is most likely to fill the shoes of South African talisman Hashim Amla at the top of the order.

 

 

There is no easy way to say that Punjab has their back against the wall and they have everything to lose from today’s clash. A win today will keep their hopes alive for the playoffs but KXIP will still have to win the next two matches as well — against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant.

Playing against the Knight Riders is like a walk tightrope walk and any error will be penalised heavily.

KXIP’s Sandeep Sharma — 16 wickets in 10 matches— and Axar Patel — 13 wickets in 11 matches — are two bright stars among the ordinary looking bowling attack. 

With no room for error, this might just be the kind of situation that will bring the best out of KXIP.

07: 20 PM IST | The Opponent!

Kolkata Knight Riders come into this game with their chins up after getting back to the winning days — beat Royal Challengers by 6 wickets.

Kolkata looks a very settled side and is a top contender for the coveted IPL 2017 trophy.

KKR at the moment has the best opening pair with the likes of fit Chris Lynn and the surprise trump card in Sunil Narine.

Narine got his ticket to open the KKR innings after Chris Lynn suffered an injury in their second match of the IPL against Mumbai Indians and what a revelation he been since — 196 runs in 12 runs.

The pinch hitter from Trident has been very instrumental in providing quick starts to Knight Riders which are then cashed by Gautam Gambhir and unit in the later part of the inning.

 

 

Besides that the skipper himself has been in terrific form — 425 runs in 12 matches — along with Robin Uthappa — 384 runs in 10 matches — who is most likely to come back to playing XI after suffering an injury.

Knight Riders speedsters Umesh Yadav — 13 wickets in 10 matches — and Nathan Coulter-Nile (expected to be injury free tonight)— 11 wickets in 6 matches — have bowled very disciplined attack and troubled the opponents on a regular basis.

Kolkata seems ready to be the spoilsport for Kings XI Punjab in tonight’s game and will not spill any freebies around in Mohali.

07: 14 PM IST | Hello and welcome to Match 49 of the 2017 Vivo IPL between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders slated to be played at slated to be played at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

First Published | 9 May 2017 7:18 PM
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